Luka Modrić was named the 2018 FIFA Player of the Year, becoming the first player not named Ronaldo or Messi to win the honor since Kaká took home the title in 2007. His combination of creativity, skill, intelligence, and vision have made him the ultimate central midfielder and a critical piece to the success of both Real Madrid and the Croatian National team.
For young central midfielders looking to master the position and develop the key skills necessary to compete at the highest levels, there is no better role model than Luka Modrić. His dedication to mastering his ball skills are evident each time he takes the pitch, while his purpose and vision frequently result in scoring opportunities for his teammates.
In this post, we’ll share with you the three core aspects of Luka Modrić’s game that help elevate his play to the next level, so that young players can begin learning these skills early and developing them as they grow and play at higher levels. Continue reading “3 Aspects of Luka Modrić’s Game that Every Young CM Should Practice”
Whether you love him or hate him, you have to respect Cristiano Ronaldo’s game.
One of the most talented players to ever take the pitch, Ronaldo has earned a reputation as a skilled, powerful goal-scorer whose deadly pace and incredible footwork make him a nightmare for any defending side.
For young soccer players looking to develop an elite style of play and take their games to the next level, Cristiano Ronaldo’s game offers many invaluable lessons. In this post, we’ll break down three of the biggest takeaways from the Portuguese striker’s play, so rising stars can begin to develop and apply these skills in their own games and dominate play as Ronaldo has throughout his career. Continue reading “3 Lessons to Learn from Ronaldo’s Game”
FC Barcelona is a world-class organization that dominates their opponents by first controlling possession then making calculated passes to launch their attack. It is not unusual for Barcelona to keep the ball for minutes on end, sometimes making dozens of passes before attempting any sort of attacking ball movements. Continue reading “An Introduction to Tiki-Taka Soccer (Barcelona’s Style of Play)”
Footwork, hand-eye coordination, and reflexes are three core areas of improvement that goalkeepers at all levels should continually practice to stay on top of their game. Although maintaining these skills is essential to becoming an elite goalkeeper, without proper positioning, even the most skilled keepers will let in silly goals. Continue reading “The Fundamentals of Goalkeeper Positioning”
At Total Soccer, we prepare young players for high-level, fast-paced soccer by teaching the core skills and fundamentals they need to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. A major component to achieving success at higher levels is mastering the inside curl. Continue reading “Improve Your Inside Curl with this Technical Drill”