Here are the fundamental aspects of soccer to keep in mind, both defensively and when attacking, for soccer players of all levels. Of course, don’t forget to enjoy yourself when playing, try new things on the pitch and take players on. What separates the great soccer players from the average players is their ability to do that something extra special on the ball – beat a player on the dribble and score or cross the ball to a teammate with precision.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” ~Pele
However, a soccer player must learn to do all the simple things perfectly before moving on to the those tricky moves. Master dribbling, shooting, passing, juggling, crossing, and the other fundamentals of soccer before trying to do those Cristiano Ronaldo type step overs. If you look at someone like Manchester United’s Paul Scholes, here’s a player who has exceptional control and touch on the ball. Scholes is someone who rarely makes a bad pass or loses the soccer ball. He plays smart and simple one and two touch soccer. He’s extremely focused. His only weakness might be his tackling ability – since he usually fouls the other player.
At the same time though, look at a player like Ronaldinho, who in his glory days at Barcelona was deadly focused but also had fun and enjoyed himself. Ronaldinho was always smiling and cheering his teammates on. Above all, he wants the ball at his feet and wants to make things happen on the soccer field. That’s infectious and that’s something you should add to your game if you don’t have it already.
General Soccer Fundamentals
Defensive Fundamentals of Soccer
Offensive Fundamentals of Soccer
Key Soccer Training Tips