Category: Soccer

Top 10 Futsal Tips – The Essentials

So, you want to improve at Futsal? You’ve come to the right place. This list of futsal tips will make you a better player at a game which, quite honestly, doesn’t come naturally to a lot of players at first; especially if your background is in 11-a-side football.

Futsal is the only format of 5-a-side football that FIFA have sanctioned for international competition and, if you haven’t experienced it already, you will find that it is a totally different beast from full 11-a-side football. Whilst it requires much of the same skill-set as the full game, you need to know some specific tips, tactics and strategies to really be good at it.

So, here’s your essential list of futsal tips that you need to know to play the game. These aren’t just tips from a stuffy coaching manual or things you pick up from a coaching course; these are the things that players of the game find useful. And we can guarantee that’s the case because this list has been put together in consultation with a load of futsal players playing in our local league. Here’s the top tips that work for them, and the things they wish they had known ages ago.

1. Have some subs and use them effectively

Futsal is an incredibly fast-paced game and after a couple of bursts up and down the court you’ll find yourself hanging on for dear life if your fitness isn’t up to scratch. Unfortunately there’s no time to stand and rest – the play will continue to move on, with or without you. Even when the ball goes out of play, the rule is that it needs to come back into play within 4 seconds: bad news if you’re unfit.

Apart from the obvious idea of getting fit (that’s for a separate article: ‘how fit do I need to be for futsal‘) the solution to tiredness is to make sure you’ve got subs and you’re rotating them.

The futsal rules cater brilliantly for this – you can make subs whenever you want, without having to tell the referee, as long as the sub comes on through the designated areas of the sideline.

In the local league, the teams that turn up with just 5 players and no subs rarely win their games, but always end up looking like sweaty heart-attack candidates when the final whistle blows. Get at least one sub, preferably two, so that you can take it in turns getting a breather and the rest of the players can keep the pressure on the other team for the full match.

Extra tip: try to avoid disrupting the play with your substitutions. Far too many times a sub runs on enthusiastically and then 10 seconds later frantically asks his teammates “where am I playing?”. In the time it takes to figure it out, the team shape has gone and the opposition have scored. This is very easily avoided by making sure your subs know what they’re doing when they come on.

2. Understand the futsal goalkeeper rules

Futsal Tip - Futsal Goalkeeper

Having a good goalkeeper is absolutely essential to being a good team. Make sure yours knows what they’re doing. 

The futsal goalkeeper rules seem to catch all the newbies out. They’re not that complicated, but they’re different enough from normal football rules that they confuse a lot of people.

There are three main things that you need to know:

  1. There are no goal kicks. When the ball goes behind, the keeper restarts play by rolling or throwing the ball out with his hands. The throw must be to a player standing outside the goalkeeper’s area.
  2. When the keeper has played the ball out it can’t be played back to him unless it has either touched an opposition player or the goalkeeper is receiving the ball in the opposition half (yes – the opposition half – it happens more than you might think). The rest of the team therefore need to be careful about when they pass to the keeper, but you’re always safe to pass to him from a kick-in, and a lot of teams find it useful to do this.
  3. The keeper can come out of the area (and all players are allowed in his area) and become a 5th outfield player at times. When he’s got the ball at his feet he’s still only got 4 seconds to play it, but it makes him a useful extra player to have. It’s not unheard of for goalkeepers to end up scoring goals, especially if they’ve got a good long-range shot on them. A keeper who plays as an outfield player is known as a ‘fly keeper’.

3. Decide on a system

You’ve got to have a basic structure to your team. Whether you’re playing a diamond, a square, or one of many other futsal formations, make sure your team understand it. It’s not rigid; people get pulled out of position and rotate at times, but without some basic organisation you’ll be a disorganised mess with either nobody attacking or nobody defending.

When we first started our futsal team, we used 4 different systems in our first 10 games. That taught us two things: firstly, it’s important find a style that suits the players, and secondly, it’s very important to settle on a system and stick with it long enough that people get used to it.

Below are the most popular formations, but if you want to understand the pros and cons of each, check out our guide to futsal formations for more detail.

Popular Futsal Formations Tactics

4. Defend as a team

Futsal is like basketball: you attack and defend as a team. Having players who won’t track back to do any defensive work is a recipe for losing games. You will learn this very quickly; usually the hard way!

Defending is a collective task, and requires great communication to do it properly. To avoid defensive calamity on the pitch, you should try to agree on your approach to two main issues. The good news is that there’s not a right or wrong decision in either.

  • Are you defending man-for-man or zonal? Forget the very finer points of this age-old debate, at an amateur level it doesn’t make a huge difference which you use as long as everyone knows what their job is. We’ve conceded lots of goals where one person has played man-for-man and the other has stayed zonal, leaving space for the opponent to exploit. In our team, we’ve decided we’re all going man-for-man as we find it a simpler system to play, but the zonal system might work for your instead.
  • Are you doing a half or full-court press? The full court press is where you push on and challenge the opposition wherever they are on the pitch. The half-court press is where you sit back and do your defensive work mostly in your own half. Both have their advantages and disadvantages but the most important thing is that you do it consistently as a team. There’s not much point one of your players chasing the opposition around in their half if they’ve got no support from their teammates.

5. Get a grip

Futsal Tips Shoes Grip Orange

Getting enough grip on your shoes is vital, even if it’s sometimes difficult. 

Chances are that the court you’re playing on isn’t a squeaky-clean international-standard surface. It’s probably covered in dust and dirt which can make gripping really difficult. In our local league a lot of players who are used to playing other forms of football found this the hardest part of adjusting to Futsal – they just can’t get the traction they’re used to from grass or artificial turf.

But there are things you can do to help. For a start, get some decent futsal shoes that are made for indoor surfaces. Also, make sure they’re clean – if they’re covered in dirt and dust when you start then you’re part of the problem. The soles of the shoes have to be very clean in order to get the maximum level of grip on the floor. You should be washing the soles of your shoes each time you play – here’s our guide on how to clean your shoes for maximum grip and traction, with a few extra tips thrown in.

6. Pass and move – it’s non-stop

It’s a tiring game out there, and there’s a temptation to try and sneak a little breather in here and there. You’ve played a pass to a teammate, time for a little rest now, right?

Wrong! The only time for a rest is when you’ve been substituted off. Watch any of the professional futsal teams play the game and you’ll see it’s all one and two touch stuff, a pass-move-pass-move whirlwind of activity.

Rarely do the pros take more than three touches on the ball before they find a teammate who has run into some space. They make the pass, and then they’re on the move. You have to be like that too, otherwise the opponents will find it all too easy to mark you out of the game. If you’re not passing and moving each time, you’ll probably want to make way for a sub who can.

7. Use the sole of your foot… a lot

Sean Garnier Futsal Sole Control Tips Skills

So much of the game is played with the sole of the foot – as demonstrated by skill-merchant Sean Garnier

The space on the futsal court is tighter than your average Kim Kardashian dress. So if you’re expecting to be able to play an expansive running-with-the-ball game you’ll be sadly disappointed.

Instead futsal is about close-control, and what that means a lot of the time is using the sole of your foot to manipulate the ball in tight situations. When the ball is in contact with the sole of your foot it’s well under control, and you can quickly move with it in almost any direction, wriggling away from any potential danger.

The same tip applies for any form of 5-a-side where you’re operating in tight spaces. You don’t have the luxury of always using your instep to tap the ball a few yards in front of you all the time. So, if you want to be taken seriously as a futsal player, learn how to use the sole of your foot.

8. Use the toe

Football purists might want to look away, but in Futsal the toe-punt is actually a great technique. Particularly when you’re shooting at goal.

The disadvantage of the toe punt is that it lacks accuracy, but what it lacks in precision it makes up for in other areas. What makes so potent is the sheer craftiness of it;  you can get a shot off incredibly quickly with very little back-lift, yet it still packs plenty of power. And because it comes so quickly and there’s such unpredictability to it, the goalkeepers find it a nightmare to deal with.

Honestly, try it. Everyone in Futsal from the better amateur players, right up to full international pro’s use the toe poke and that’s simply because it works.

9. Don’t all run towards the ball

A lot of times you’ll have a player with the ball looking for some options of what to do with it. Suddenly, thinking they’re helping him, the rest of the team move towards him to offer for the pass.

Whist the intention is well-meaning, this will soon end in having all 4 outfield players within about 5 meters of each other. That’s not a good situation because there’s no width or depth to the play. When all 4 of you are boxed into a narrow area of the pitch, it’s a gift for the opposition who can press right up and make it extremely difficult to work out of it. Even any potential space to dribble into has been crowded out for the player on the ball.

Instead, when you don’t have the ball, keep making those runs that open up space, not close it down.

Futsal Tip - Players Running to the Ball

10. Have a consistent squad

It’s very hard trying to get your tactics and playing system to work when you’re using more players than the average NFL team.

Although it might be difficult to get the same starting five playing each week, especially where people have other commitments, continually relying on one-off appearances from stand-ins isn’t a great strategy. They won’t understand your system, they’ll still be trying to get used to the Futsal format, and then someone else will come along next week in their place, repeating the process. Try to get a settled squad of players who are able to play nearly every week.

11. Don’t give away stupid fouls (bonus tip)

Futsal has a very sensible rule where, if you commit 5 fouls in any half (the count resets at half time), the next foul is awarded as a penalty kick (but from a bit further back than a normal penalty). It’s what theoretically stops teams just deciding to hack for an entire game.

But those fouls build up quickly even if you’re not playing dirty. All it takes is a few silly fouls and you’re fast approaching the dreaded 5-count. Even if you end up avoiding committing another and giving away the free-kick, it’s a stressful place to be and is unsettling for players. When faced with the stress of the situation, some players seem to completely lose their minds and switch off from doing the basic things. You’ll see a lot of teams fall apart at this stage through a disastrous combination of frustration, nervousness, and ill-discipline. It’s best not to get to this stage at all.

Your turn

So, that’s our list – have we missed any tips that are on your list? Share them below and we’ll add the best ones in to this guide.

Where next

If you enjoyed this list, aimed at getting beginners competing with the rest, head over to our more advanced list of 25 top Futsal strategies you must know.


Calcio: Principi Generali Per Imparare A Ricevere Il Pallone

Ricevere la palla calcio significa entrarne in possesso, fermandola o portandola sotto il proprio controllo.

Spesso, durante la partita, i calciatori non passano immediatamente il pallone, ma sono costretti a fermarlo o stopparlo, per essere poi in condizione di calciarlo in porta, oppure guidarlo e passarlo.

Anche se il calcio moderno richiede un gioco rapido, non sempre è possibile giocare «di prima»: spesso il pallone deve essere smorzato, arrestato e condotto per il campo.


Principi generali per imparare a ricevere il pallone

Se l’avversario è vicino, è necessario stoppare la palla e mantenerla ai piedi; se distante, è possibile smorzare il pallone in modo tale che possa essere rigiocato immediatamente.

Proteggere il pallone con il corpo, allo scopo di difenderlo dall’avversario.

Imparare a fare delle finte con il corpo prima di stoppare il pallone; ciò inganna l’avversario circa il gioco che si intende fare.


Stop con l’interno del piede

Se il pallone arriva rasoterra, allunga la gamba in avanti verso la palla. Quando il pallone sta per venire a contatto con il piede, tira indietro la gamba, in modo tale da ridurre la velocità della palla stessa. Il piede deve essere rilassato, leggermente staccato da terra e con la punta un pò rivolta verso l’alto: il pallone rimbalzerà debolmente sulla superficie interna del piede e si fermerà poco distante.
Quando il pallone arriva teso a mezza altezza, è possibile effettuare uno stop con l’interno del piede. In questo caso la tecnica è simile a quella utilizzata per i palloni rasoterra, con la differenza che bisogna sollevare il piede all’altezza del pallone in arrivo.
Quando il pallone spiove dall’alto, dobbiamo stopparlo con l’interno del piede subito dopo il rimbalzo. Ricordati di appoggiare la gamba portante davanti al punto in cui rimbalzerà la palla, così che, qualora lo stop non riesca bene, il pallone andrà contro la gamba, quindi non rimbalzerà verso l’alto. Questo stop, se eseguito bene, permette di guidare la palla dove si vuole e già nella condizione di essere rigiocata.


Stop o smorzamento col collo pieno del piede

Serve per ricevere i palloni che arrivano quasi perpendicolari dall’alto. Il peso del corpo è appoggiato sulla gamba portante (che ha il ginocchio leggermente flesso). L’altra gamba (quella che stopperà il pallone) deve essere sollevata verso la palla in arrivo, con l’articolazione del piede rilassata. Il pallone deve venire a contatto col collo del piede nel momento in cui la gamba inizia il movimento di ritorno sul terreno. È uno stop difficile da eseguirsi, ma molto bello da vedere.

Stop di petto

Lo stop di petto viene usato quando i palloni arrivano a parabola. Tieni il bacino in avanti e inarca la schiena. Al momento dell’impatto con la palla, devi far rientrare il petto, in modo tale che la palla venga smorzata e ricada davanti al corpo.
Lo stop di petto può essere utilizzato anche per fermare i tiri tesi a mezza altezza. In questo caso devi smorzare la palla col torace, «incassandolo» al momento dell’impatto.

Stop di coscia

Lo stop di coscia è utile per smorzare i palloni provenienti dall’alto. Tieni la gamba portante leggermente piegata al ginocchio, solleva l’altra gamba (tutta flessa al ginocchio) fino a che la coscia è perpendicolare rispetto al corpo. Al momento dell’impatto abbassa la coscia: in questo modo il pallone incontrerà una superficie «oscillante», in grado di ridurne la velocità e farlo cadere vicino ai piedi.

Stop di testa


Lo stop di testa è poco usato perché è piuttosto difficile da eseguirsi. Disponiti con le gambe divaricate in direzione anteroposteriore e leggermente piegate al ginocchio. Prima di ricevere il pallone, devi sollevarti sulla punta dei piedi: nel momento in cui la palla sta per urtare la fronte, devi spingere le ginocchia in avanti, inclinando la parte superiore del corpo rispetto alle anche.


Principi fondamentali per eseguire bene uno stop

  • Il corpo deve essere sempre rivolto verso la direzione da cui proviene la palla.
  • La parte del corpo (esempio: piede, petto, coscia, o testa) che viene utilizzata per effettuare lo stop, deve essere retratta nel momento in cui vi è il contatto con il pallone.
  • La zona del corpo che stoppa la palla deve essere rilassata e non rigida.
  • Prima di entrare in contatto con il pallone è utile fare un piccolo saltello: questo consente di avere il corpo leggermente sollevato da terra e le articolazioni rilassate.

Errori comuni nell’effettuazione di uno stop


Se l’allievo esegue uno stop di interno piede e la palla rimbalza lontana, potrebbe aver sbagliato i tempi di esecuzione del movimento, oppure aver tenuto le articolazioni del piede (o del ginocchio) troppo rigide. In questo caso la soluzione potrebbe essere quella di far eseguire lo stop da fermi con velocità ridotta. È molto importante capire se la gamba di sostegno viene usata correttamente.
Se il pallone non va nella direzione voluta, potrebbe esserci un problema di tipo propriocettivo, cioè il ragazzo non è in grado di orientare il piede parallelamente al terreno e perpendicolarmente alla direzione del pallone.
Nello stop di petto dobbiamo allenare l’allievo ad osservare bene le parabole del pallone ed eseguire correttamente il gesto tecnico.


Guidare la palla significa compiere una serie di passaggi indirizzati a se stessi per mantenere il possesso della palla o conquistare gli spazi.

La palla può essere guidata di collo piede, di interno collo piede, oppure attraverso l’esterno collo piede. Nel primo caso, la conduzione della palla è rettilinea e viene eseguita colpendo il pallone nella parte superiore del piede, tra la base dell’articolazione metatarsale e l’arcata articolare della caviglia. La punta del piede è rivolta verso il basso ed il ginocchio rimane costantemente parallelo all’asse longitudinale del corpo.
Nel caso della conduzione di interno collo piede, la palla viene colpita attraverso la parte mediale del piede, tra la base dell’alluce ed il malleolo interno. Durante la corsa il piede della gamba calciante viene ruotato leggermente verso l’esterno rispetto l’asse longitudinale del corpo. Il piede è rilassato e con la punta rivolta verso il basso; il tronco è eretto. Le braccia assecondano la corsa. Lo sguardo deve essere rivolto sia verso la palla, che verso il campo da gioco.
La conduzione della palla di esterno collo piede viene effettuata colpendo il pallone attraverso il bordo esterno del collo del piede, il quale, nel momento in cui viene toccato il pallone, è rivolto verso l’interno, mentre il ginocchio si avvicina all’asse longitudinale del corpo. Grazie ad una maggiore adattabilità del piede al pallone, quest’ultimo può essere guidato con una superficie maggiore rispetto all’esterno piede.
La conduzione di esterno collo piede è sicuramente la più veloce e da luogo a maggiori garanzie per il controllo della palla.


Esercitazioni tattili e propriocettive: effettuare molti tocchi della palla per gestirne la forza di contatto.
Errori di direzionamento: può esserci un errore nel posizionamento delle articolazioni, oppure nella scelta del modo di condurre la palla. In questo caso è necessario far verbalizzare le sensazioni che l’allievo sente.
Altre esercitazioni:

  • percorsi in slalom definiti o da inventare;
  • guida nel traffico, all’interno di uno spazio delimitato, con i giocatori che guidano ciascuno un proprio pallone;
  • guida nel traffico con giocatori che disturbano i possessori della palla;
  • condurre il pallone con un avversario che insegue;
  • guidare il pallone con un avversario posto frontalmente che accompagna passivamente.

Tratto da

Fussballspiel verbessern


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Denke immer daran, Fußball ist ein Mannschaftssport. Spiele nicht, um dich selbst in den Vordergrund zu stellen, sondern setze dich für den Erfolg der gesamten Mannschaft ein. Es ist besser, auch einmal einen persönlichen Triumph zu opfern, wenn die gesamte Mannschaft davon profitiert.

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Bewege den Ball mehr als dich selbst. Dadurch sparst du Energie. Wenn du ständig quer übers Feld läufst, bist du nach zehn Minuten müde. Vergiss nicht, der Ball ist schneller als du. Hebe dir deine Energie für Situationen auf, in denen du wirklich einmal schnell sein musst.
  1. Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 3Erkenne Situationen im Voraus. Denke voraus, während der Ball auf dich zukommt. Du solltest jetzt schon wissen, wie du weiterspielst, sobald du den Ball hast. Für eine gute Verteidigung gilt: Wenn du den nächsten Spielzug des Gegners vorhersehen kannst, erhöht dies deine Chancen, ihn aufzuhalt.Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 4Mache dem Gegner Druck. Mache es deinem Gegner nicht einfach, an den Ball zu kommen. Zwinge ihn in die andere Richtung und mache ihm Druck, damit er einen Fehler begeht. Pass aber auf, dass dir dabei kein Foul passiert und du den Gegner nicht verletzt.
    Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 5Setze auf Überraschungseffekte. Lass deinen nächsten Spielzug nicht zu offensichtlich werden. Verändere deine Geschwindigkeit: Laufe zuerst sehr schnell und werde langsamer, sobald der Gegner in deine Nähe kommt. Er wird ebenfalls abbremsen und du kannst wieder beschleunigen, womit du ihn abhängst. Wenn du einen Verteidiger gerade ausgetrickst hast, wird dieser wahrscheinlich besser vorbereitet sein, wenn du den gleichen Trick nochmal versuchst. Gestalte dein Spiel daher abwechslungsreich.
    Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 6Nutze die Außenseiten des Spielfeldes. Wenn sich viele Spieler in der Feldmitte befinden, ist ein Durchkommen nicht einfach. Versuche es lieber an der Außenseite. Schieße den Ball dann zurück in die Mitte, wo einer deiner Mitspieler den Spielzug beendet. Passe dabei jedoch auf, dass du den Ball dabei nicht ins Aus schießt.Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 7Spiele den Ball mit anderen im Zick-Zack. Gemeinsam durchbricht man eine starke Verteidigung am besten. Indem ihr den Ball hin und her spielt, verwirrt ihr den Gegner.Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 8Bleibe konzentriert. Das Spiel ist erst zu Ende, wenn der Schiedsrichter es sagt. Lasse nicht nach, nur weil deine Mannschaft in Führung liegt oder weil die Zeit fast rum ist. Ein Tor in letzter Minute kann euch den Sieg koste
    Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 9Zeige Kampfgeist. Lasse den Trainer deine Motivation erkennen, damit er dich bei den wichtigen Spielen einsetzt. Gebe niemals auf, helfe deinen Mitspielern, verteidige und greife an – reiße mit deiner Begeisterung die gesamte Mannschaft mit.
    Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 10Verbessere deinen Orientierungssinn. Es ist nicht leicht, das Spiel zu überblicken, wenn man mitten auf dem Feld steht. Wenn du jedoch stets weißt, wo deine Mitspieler und deine Gegner stehen, kannst du deine Spielzüge besser Kommuniziere mit deinen Teammitgliedern. Lass sie immer wissen, was gerade abgeht, damit sie informiert sind.
    Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 12Übe so viel wie möglich. Übe jeden Tag ungefähr eine Stunde für dich alleine oder mit einem Freund und trainiere die Dinge, die du verbessern möchtest.
    Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 13Ein Fehler, der oft gemacht wird, ist dass alle Spieler sich um den Ball drängen. Wenn der Gegner den Ball hat reicht es, wenn ein Spieler von deinem Team ihn bedrängt aber denk daran, einen weiteren in der Nähe zu haben, damit der Ball an diesen abgegeben werden kann.Bildtitel Improve Your Game in Soccer Step 14Habe Spaß am Spiel. Das ist das allerwichtigste. Wenn es dir keinen Spaß mehr macht, kannst du genauso gut aufhören. Das Spiel soll Freude bereiten und nicht dein Selbstbewusstsein schmälern.                                                                 






































How to Control a Soccer Ball

Ball control is the most important soccer skill.

If you can’t control the ball, you can’t do anything.

This article will cover the four touches you need to control the ball and some tips to improve your ball control.

How to Control a Soccer Ball

The 4 Types of Soccer Touches


Use the lace touch to dribble forward or diagonally.

You will dribble quicker with the lace touch than the inside touch. Use it to move into open space.

To perform a lace touch, lift up your knee, point your foot downward, lock your ankle, then touch the ball with your laces.


Use the inside touch to move horizontally, turn, and to dribble while shielding the ball (covered in our article, How to Dribble a Soccer Ball).

To perform an inside touch, move your leg outward slightly, lock your ankle, then touch the ball with the middle of the inside of your foot.

The ball should go across your body. If the ball goes too far in front of you or too close to you, adjust the angle of your foot.


Use the outside touch to accelerate past defenders, turn, and cut to the side.

This touch is quick and choppy like the lace touch.

To perform an outside touch, move your leg inward slightly, lock your ankle, then touch the ball with the middle of the outside of your foot.


The soul touch is used to turn, beat defenders, and move in all directions.

The soul touch is underused. I’ve seen great players use this touch to devastate defenses. It’s the hardest touch to master, but learning it is worthwhile.

To perform a sole touch, put your foot lightly on the ball. Roll the ball to the side. Perform a small hop with your other foot while rolling the ball. To use the sole touch to move forward, turn your body to the side.

Soccer Ball Control Tips

1. Learn ball control first

Learn how to control a soccer ball before focusing on dribbling, receiving the ball, and other skills.

Master ball control, and you will become better at every skill in soccer.

2. Stay on your toes

Do you feel sluggish while controlling the ball?

If so, you’re landing on your heels rather than the balls of your feet.

Stay on your toes.

3. Keep the ball close

If you let the ball get away from you it will get stolen by defenders.

Use small choppy touches to control the ball. You will move slowly at first, but you will get faster and faster (while keeping control of the ball) as you practice.

Keep the ball close. The ball should be glued to your feet.

4. Remember your place foot

When learning ball control, pay attention to your place foot (the foot not controlling the ball).

Your place foot affects your balance and momentum. It should always be a few feet away from your other foot.

When your place foot moves naturally to the right position (takes practice) you will become graceful and quick when controlling the ball.

5. Train both feet

You should practice every skill with both feet.

But if I had to choose only one skill to practice with both feet I would choose ball control.

You become effective on the pitch when you can control the ball with both feet. You can move and cut in any direction.

A common defending tactic is “force the player to control the ball with his weak foot.” If you don’t have a weak foot, defenders will have a hard time marking you.

Training your weaker foot is frustrating but worth it. You will get an edge over players that didn’t put in the extra effort.

6. Use every touch

You become deadly when you can use every touch.

You can quickly cut away from players with an outside touch, roll the ball away from defenders, dribble with speed and control, and turn easily.

Master all 4 touches and you will become an effective player.

7. Warm up with ball control drills

Most players don’t like practicing ball control.

It can be tedious and frustrating.

Focus on the the hardest, most important skill at the beginning of a training session because you have more energy and focus.

So warm up with ball control for 15 to 30 minutes (after doing a brief active warmup). You will get ball control over with, over 1000 touches, loosen up your body, and get in some cardio.

Warmup with our favorite [ball control drills] every training session. Your ability to control a soccer ball will improve quickly.

8 Juggle

Juggling is an easier alternative to ball control drills (do both).

Focus on juggling and your ball control skill will improve.