Tips

-Juggle the ball for 10 minutes every single day. Juggling rapidly improves your ball control—which is important to every aspect of the game. It engages both feet, as well as giving a chance for your neuroplasticity to work efficiently. It helps you settle the ball. It develops your coordination. It increases your ability to volley the ball. It drastically improves your first touch. It facilitates growth in dribbling and keeping possession. It helps you develop your ability to open up space and get shots off. Etc.

-Find a hard surface or wall (with permission) that you can bounce the ball off of—or get a soccer rebounder—and hit the ball against the wall as fast as you can. Try to use only one touch, use both feet, and get closer as you get better at it. This works on coordination, first touch, passing, & keeping the ball low.

-Throw the ball as high as you can and try to stop and control it with your feet where you are standing. This works extra well if you have a size 1 ball (which you can get for under $10, as it requires more ball control than a size 5 ball does—it’s one of the reasons the Brazilians generally have great foot work).

-Don’t ever call one of your feet a “weak foot” again. Think of it as your “less strong foot.” 9 times out of 10, you have to have to be good with both feet to be an elite player. My “weak foot” used to be very weak, but then I decided to stop calling it weak and just start working on it. I started to shoot at HP with only my left foot. Now I can hit the crossbar from 60 yards away with it—due to simple, practical work.

-Speaking of, every time you shoot with your less strong foot, try to visually conceptualize how you would kick it with your strong foot—and mirror that with your less strong foot. This will help remind you every time you kick the ball with your less strong foot that you have to bring your leg back, open your hips up, kick through the ball with pace, and follow through.

-When working on your shot technique (particularly with your less strong foot), don’t shoot from far away. This may seem counter-intuitive, but you get more reps in while also expending less work. This creates a positives feedback loop. As such, your reps will increase in both quality & quantity.

-Sprinting technique is huge. Stand tall when you sprint, pump your arms invariably with your legs, point your fingers straight out, and make sure to breathe.

-Hydrate! Any day I had a game, I would hydrate all day and switch between regular water and Propel or anything else with electrolytes. As research confirms, you should start hydrating at least 2 hours before any game or practice if possible.

-Play, play, play, play, play, play, play, play, play, play, play, play, play! The more you play, the better you get, and the more fun you will have.

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