Technique Tips

INSIDE OF THE FOOT PASS

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-The planted foot is next to the ball pointing toward target -Shooting over short distances combined group play restarts -Kicking foot is straight -Leave kicking foot and leg bent. (Toe 'up', ankle locked)
-Kicking foot is raised, toe up strikes middle of ball -Accurate combined group play over short distances -The standing foot is too far from the ball -Place standing foot next to the ball
-Ankle is locked -The ball is not struck through the center
-Contact area is between ball of foot and the heel on the inside of the foot

OUTSIDE OF FOOT PASS

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-Angle approach to direction of the pass -Playing the ball with deception -The ankle is not locked -Knee is brought over the ball
-Toe down, ankle locked, foot angled slightly in -Shooting around defenders -Planted foot is too far from the ball -Contact ball with the outside of the foot
-Contact surface is the outside of the laces -Passing around defenders -The ball is not contacted fully
-Upper body is leaning slightly over the planted foot

INSTEP DRIVE

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-Slightly angled approach -Shooting -Approach to the ball is straight -Slightly curved approach
-Standing foot is next to the ball at point of impact. Pointed at the target -Crossing -Upper body is leaning too far back
-Kicking foot is pointed, toe down, ankle locked. No "floppy" toe -Long passing -Ball is not struck with laces or straight through center of ball -Lean slightly over the ball
-The contact surface is the instep (laces) -The toe is not pointed -Foot stays pointed after the kick, ankle locked, follow through straight at target
-Hips are not square to target
-Follow through is not straight

DRIBBLING

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-Guide the ball with both feet, use all surfaces of the foot -Gain ground -Ball is played too far from foot -Push the ball, do not kick it
-Upper body is bent slightly over the ball -Go past an opponent
-Set up a short or combination play
-Player looks only at ball -Keep head up and and observe situation around you.
-Raise toe when changing directions.
-Keep ball in close when in a crowd, using light touches -Relieve pressure
-Push it further out in front when given more space

HEADING

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-Strike ball with top of forehead; you strike it, do not let is strike you -Shooting
-Passing
-Clearing from danger area
-Ball is struck with top of head -Upper body is drawn back
-Keep eyes open -Eyes closed -Watch ball strike and leave the forehead
-Before making contact, draw upper body back, tuck chin, "whip" body through the ball -Players "spear" the ball instead of "whipping" their body at it
-Set the ball up with your chest, come through with your head

RECEIVING

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-Lightly receive the ball with inside or outside of foot and move off with it; keep toe pointed up -Bringing all arriving balls under control -Ball bounces too far away -Move in an elastic way as if catching an egg on your body; the controlling part of the body withdraws in a smooth, controlled fashion
-Receive ball with thigh or chest, take the pace off of the ball by withdrawing the body part receiving the ball -Pace of the ball is underestimated

DEFENSIVE BEHAVIOR

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-Keep goal side of your opponent -Regain possession -Falling for feints -Keep ball in view
-Be first to the ball -Deny penetration -Poor position relative to opponent -Beat your opponent to the ball
-Do not dive in on an opponent -Slow down or with the ball interrupt an attack -Trying to tackle from too far away -Tackle as opponent receives the ball
-Defend the ball, not the player -Stop shots -Tackle as the opponent is halfway turned -Make opponent play the ball square or back
-Make opponent look at the ball

GOALKEEPERS - CATCHING

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-Low balls
- scoop into body with both hands outstretched, fingers spread
-Safely catching the ball
-Defending the goal
-Fingers were not spread -Always observe the game situation
-Palms up -Hands were not far enough behind the ball -The position in the goal is determined by the player in possession
-Hands extended toward the ball guide the ball into the stomach -Hands are not "soft"
-High balls
- catch with hands behind the ball, slightly to the side, and slightly above

GOALKEEPERS - DIVING

EXECUTION OBJECT POSSIBLE ERRORS OBSERVE
-Land on outside of thigh, hip and side of upper body -Catching balls away from the body that cannot be reached by standing -The ball is lost from view during the dive -First practice diving without the ball from sitting, kneeling, and standing positions
-Do not bring arms under the body -Landing on the front or back -Catch the ball securely
-Letting the ground knock the ball free



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