Whether you are preparing for World Cup qualifiers or your youth soccer league season opener, some skills carry over from year to year. These critical soccer skills help players transition from level to level and help their team and personal performance improve as the season progresses. With its status as a game that takes a lifetime to master, developing these essential skills can make a difference for a player’s time participating in the beautiful game.
A C.O.R.E. class offered by Total Soccer can help players of all skill levels improve their play on the field and reinforce critical fundamentals that ensure they make a positive impact on the field. Regardless of a player’s ability to run the length of the field, knowing what to do with the ball when it comes to you is something that can be honed through intense training and practice.
Here are some of the critical on-field skills that you can learn from an experienced soccer skills coach:
Passing the Ball
The game of soccer represents an intensely physical chess match where teams that emphasize ball movement and control can make the most headway on the offensive side of the ball. Whether you are a professional soccer player or it’s the first time you’re touching a ball, learning how to pass and receive passes forms the crux of your experience on the pitch.
Our C.O.R.E. classes help our students first learn the fundamentals of efficient passing, knowing where to go with the ball, and how to think strategically with the ball in your possession. Our instructors help build the foundation for your kid’s skills and ensure they can control the ball when making a pass.
Dribbling With the Ball
Now that they know how to pass and receive the ball, the next step revolves around moving the ball up and down the field. Dribbling the ball at speed and keeping it protected from the opposing team are two of the most important aspects of handling the ball on offense and defense.
Our C.O.R.E. classes put your kids in active situations where they practice dribbling the ball and protecting it simultaneously. Emphasizing maintaining possession can help get the ball out of danger in the defensive zone and keep it in your team’s possession as you find a spot to shoot on the offensive end.
Moving With the Ball
Building off the skills built up during the dribbling lessons are honing your moves on the ball, turning, maintaining control, and more advanced moves that keep you moving forward. These skills require a greater degree of body awareness and control from repetition and spending time practicing on the pitch.
Get the Ball on Goal
Now that they know how to pass and protect the ball, the next critical soccer skill for players of all ages is getting your shot off on the net. Helping establish the fundamentals of squaring your body up and following through on the kick will help transform your kid’s shot into one that’s feared around the league. After getting the basics of the shot down, we can begin to emphasize developing the right finishing skills to ensure their shots find the back of the net.
Sign Up for C.O.R.E. Classes Now
Finding ways to take your kid’s soccer skills to the next level can prove difficult if you’re relying solely on videos found online. One-on-one and small in-person group classes provide your kids with the right learning environment to learn and develop these critical skills for their soccer career in the short and long term. Sign your kids up for a C.O.R.E. training class and get them ready for the season now!