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Juggling is a great eye-foot coordination exercise.
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Soccer is easy to understand but difficult to master. While the simplicity of the rules make it ideal for recreation, soccer requires a high level of strategy and coordination, specifically eye-foot coordination. This means there is an element of talent and natural coordination involved in being skilled at soccer. However, if you want to improve your foot skills quickly, practicing the following specific drills will greatly improve your game. You should practice at least two hours a day.1.
Juggle the ball for at least 30 minutes a day. Start this drill by tossing the ball into the air with your foot. The goal is to keep the ball in the air by bumping it with your foot, knees, head, or chest -- anything that is not your arms or hands. This drill greatly improves eye-foot coordination. You can also juggle only with your feet to really hone foot skills.2.
Set up an obstacle course. Place cones in a straight line down the field, and then run in a weave pattern through the cones in a snake-like motion. Do this backwards and sideways. Now try adding dribbling the soccer ball while you do this. Practice this drill for 30 minutes a day.3.
Practice kicking with all parts of the foot. Set up a cone, and then set yourself up about 20-30 yards away. Kick the ball, aiming to hit the cone, with the inside blade of your foot. Now try it with the outside blade. Now try it with the top, right where the shoelaces begin. Do this with both the right and the left foot, specifically focusing on which foot is weakest. Practice this drill for 30 minutes a day.4.
Practice the step-over. Start dribbling the ball in front of you. Instead of tapping it with your right foot, step over the ball sideways as if you are going to pass it left, but instead kick it with the outside of the foot, kicking it right. Try this with the left side as well. Practice this for 30 minutes a day.
- Soccer ball
- Flat space
- Make sure the soccer ball is fully pumped, as a flat ball makes soccer much harder.
- Make sure you practice in a wide, open space for safety reasons and that anyone around is aware you are kicking a ball.
- Ensure you have a first aid kit handy in the event of a minor injury (cuts, scrapes, etc.) and that someone knows where you are in the event that you need help.