Essential Aspects Which Embrace Soccer Skills

By Arno G.
Updated: April 1, 2011

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Thiery Henry

Thiery Henry

Vienna, Austria—When most people are thinking about soccer skills they only think about the technical part of the game. It is true that the technical part is extremely important for top athletes such as Christiano Ronaldo. However, the other part of soccer skills focuses on the mindset of the game. If an up and coming player only focuses on one area and neglects the other, they will very likely never reach the proper state of mind to beat the top games in the world.

The essential technical soccer skills concentrate on passing, drills, correct tactical play, defensive strategies, offensive strategies and more. The skill level that top professionals perform when it comes to manipulating the ball doesn’t happen overnight. These are the soccer skills that are acquired through daily practice. In fact, the top pros playing for FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Intern Mailand for example, practice these specific techniques day in and day out.

The “Scissors” technique is quite frequently used in soccer skills. The “Scissors” technique brings confusion to any defender. This fake move only works if you have enough distance from the ball to the next defender. You want to swing your foot up and over the ball when you come closer to the defender. If you continue with that fake move as long as you are very close in front of the defender, then suddenly move your body towards the opposite direction you are going to play the ball and then quickly kick the ball in the planed direction and your body too, the defender will be confused and can´t follow you. This is just one of the technical soccer skills you want to master.

What about the mindset part of soccer? This is a part that most players lack ENORMOUSLY. The mental skills that a player needs to succeed in soccer are at least as important as the technical part. If you, as a player, are not in the correct state of mind, think that you can´t do it, or put yourself down because of any other reason, you probably won´t succeed. The task to get players in the right mental attitude and keep them there is the task of the trainer. The best soccer clubs have both physical and mental trainers. You can argue which is more important, but our world has never seen an athlete who lacked self discipline and mental fitness become a top notch player.

What can an up and coming player do to enhance their mental attitude if haven’t had success yet? You need to change your club and get on a team that has solid trainers in both physical and mental areas. You need to work on yourself as well; however, the right coach, the right team, and the right attitude in a team can help you grow faster and maintain strong overall skills. Of course, these soccer skills can only be obtained through a soccer club if you are already established and have solid results to show. All athletes start at the bottom and work their way to the top. Most mediocre clubs lack both great physical and mental trainers; but the ambitious and goal oriented player will always aim for becoming a better player.