Soccer Skills

Soccer Skills Guide: How to Play Like a Pro?

Regardless of your age, skill level or experience if you want to improve your soccer skills this guide along with the help of Black Eagles Academy will guarantee to take you to the next level.

The beauty of most sports, especially soccer is that there’s always room for improvement. No matter how good you may already be, soccer will always give you the opportunity to grow even more. All that is required is:

  • Desire to improve
  • Positive attitude
  • Open-mindedness
  • Commitment to “do whatever it takes”

So the real question is, how do you become a better player? Let’s answer that question step by step by going through this soccer guide.

First steps to improve your soccer skills

It’s important to know that learning proper mechanics and knowing the right fundamentals are going to help a player’s overall game. Then when you practice you begin to correct and know what is wrong or right. When players come to us they improve fast, for the only reason that they get tons of reps and being corrected on form or mechanics.

Maybe you won’t be able always to win the game but you will win your own battle on the field. Feeling more comfortable with the ball, and what’s important is that you won’t lose it. One of the keys to soccer is that you don’t lose the ball, no matter how pretty your skills are. If you can complete 80% of your passes that is really good. 

Players who train solo know that the practice from before had a lot to do with the success in their game. Either get a trainer or work on the right things with a partner (teammate or a family member) if you want to improve your soccer skills.

Practice, practice and practice!

To become a good player you need to have a great first touch. Being able to control the ball with both feet will make a great difference to your game. And ultimately, your first touch will dictate what’s going to be your next move.

Something as simple as kicking a ball and controlling it against a wall with your weaker foot will be really beneficial to you. Most of the players rely only on their natural foot for years and they forget that practicing even your weaker foot will enable you to develop it quickly.

Getting the coach to set up drills in training where you must use your left foot can also be the key. Simple passing and shooting drills as well as making use of your weaker foot will definitely be beneficial and will give you confidence for a real game scenario.

Control and dribbling in tight areas will improve your soccer skills

Whatever your position might be, learning to control and dribble the ball in tight areas is the key to your game. The best footballers are able to get themselves out of tight and tricky situations so you will need to practice this if you think that it is a weak point of your game.

Drills to improve this skill aren’t complicated. Grab yourself some flags, a set of cones or even lay down some t-shirts and you got it. Weaving in and out of the cones making sure you don’t lose control of the ball can easily be done. 

Be stricter with your diet

Keeping close tabs on what are you eating and drinking will definitely help for you moving forward. Almost every professional club/academy (as we do) will have a trained nutritionist in their camp to give advice on what to consume so you can be in the best shape possible.

Carbohydrates and proteins are vital yo your diet. They will give you energy and recovery levels that your body needs. 

Eating healthy can be difficult, especially for younger age when all the necessary and recommended food doesn’t taste that great. Don’t completely disregard your favourite snacks or meals but, PARENTS: be aware of how important it is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet for your kids. 

Set goals

Whatever your ambition is, a goal setting is always a great technique to incorporate. This is a vital way of improving your motivation, focus and ambition. 

Learn from the pros

Taking a closer look at the best players in your position is a great way to learn how to be a better player. Take what you see into consideration and try to incorporate it with your soccer skills and techniques. If it works, then it is definitely something you should keep practicing.

Prioritize recovery and prevent injuries

Everyone at some point will feel the aches and pains in their muscles after a match or training session. Sometimes the coach is going to push you to your limits, so quickening up the recovery process to be ready for the next session or game will be vital.

A combination of all these points, and of course the help of Black Eagles Academy will ultimately help you improve your skills and become a better player. Everyone will need to work on different aspects of their game, so speaking to the coaches can get you some advice on how you could work and help you in the future.

Remember that you can never practice enough, but you will start to see improvements to your game if you keep up the good work.

Breakaway techniques for goalkeepers

When the goalkeeper is the last defender between the attacking player and the goal, it’s defined as a breakaway. The goalkeeper must realize three important choices in this situation. The key to starting a better reading game is by understanding these:

  • If you can, win the ball before the shot.
  • If you can win it clearly, smother the shot as it is taken.
  • Dribble or play the shot if the attacker clearly has possession.

Most keepers are aggressive by nature, but remember that patience is a correct tactic to use in a breakaway. Especially if the ball is in the striker possession. 

If you need help understanding better team positioning we suggest you read our Soccer Training: Understanding Football Positions!

Soccer Skills Every Player Needs to be Effective

While each great soccer player has their own unique playing style and attributes, there are some crucial soccer skills that every one of them should improve and master. There are many different skills that youth players have to improve, however, some are more important than others.

What Skills do You Need to be a Good Soccer Player?

Here is a list of seven important skills that each player needs to master in order to achieve success in soccer.

  1. Ball Control and First Touch
  2. Passing – Both Long and Short
  3. Positioning and Spatial Awareness
  4. Stamina and Fitness
  5. Dribbling the Ball While Running
  6. Shooting
  7. Discipline and Attitude

Why Black Eagles Academy?

Black Eagles Academy offers a wide range of innovative, state of the art programs that meet all interests and playing skills/abilities of all players and teams. We focus on helping our players to achieve their long and short term goals soccer wise. We train our players to understand what it takes to be a professional soccer player and how they could be the future of soccer.

Black Eagles build a professional environment with UEFA A and UEFA B licensed coaches with years of professional European experience in soccer. At Black Eagles the European soccer standards make the standards.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact 1.437.996.5390