Menu

The Importance of Being Able to Read the Game

In order to become a top-class soccer star, you need to be blessed with plenty of skill and natural ability.  However, intelligence is also a huge part of the game and an important trait for players to possess. The majority of the world’s elite players possess the ability to read the game and react accordingly. Some players can perform tricks to beat their opponent, but if they can’t finish the play, they are unlikely to maintain a career at the top level.

Source: Infosmessi via Twitter

Anticipating situations is vital and can separate a world-class performer from an average soccer player.  This skill is often developed over time and through the repetition of practice and game scenarios.  Understanding how an opponent will react during a fast break or anticipating which direction a player is likely to pass the ball takes mental awareness and practice. A lack of awareness in these types of scenarios can cause players to “ball watch” and not track runners.  Positional sense is also critical and players should avoid encroaching on a teammate’s space.

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is an example of a player who possess intelligence, awareness and ability to dictate a game without extraordinary athleticism.  This makes him a rare talent. So much so that his manager Antonio Conte, believed he deserved to win the Ballon d’Or last season. Kante works hard, he gives 100% in every game. His habits of breaking up plays, making tackles and reading imminent danger make him a vital cog on Chelsea’s side of the ball.

Kante has been particularly effective against better opposition during his career and is part of Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League squad.  Even still, Manchester City have been favored in February 2018 for Europe’s elite club competition while Chelsea are actually outsiders to pick up the trophy once again.

Time will tell if these predictions turn out to be correct.  As one of the best players in the game, Kante can certainly influence the outcome. He is not a goal scorer and with just one goal for every 2,008 minutes of Premier League football as of February 2018. However, his presence of mind and ability to react quickly helps to win many soccer games. He is two to three seconds ahead of the play and always anticipates his opponents’ next move. In the time it takes for a player to receive a pass or run to the ball, Kante has already taken up his position and is able to block or intercept the pass, preventing any further danger.

Source: Craques do Futebol via Twitter

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi possess all the hallmarks of world-class soccer players and they are quite rightly praised for their all-round game.  Their ability to read the game did not come naturally, however.  Studying the movement of opponents and recognizing the traits and habits of teammates are skills which are developed over time.  They must be carefully honed by the individual.

For like-minded offensive players, anticipating where the ball will fall in the penalty area and making the correct run will inevitably lead to plenty of chances. That awareness of how to shake off your marker is a hugely underrated skill and possessing the natural instinct in front of goal can be the difference between a ten goal striker and a prolific scorer.

Reading the game is absolutely essential and any player who cannot anticipate an opponent’s next move is likely to struggle against better opposition. Players should take time to study matches at all levels of the game.  While watching matches, it is important to note the positional play of everyone on the field.  Make a point of Recognizing the players reactions to various situations.  This is a great way to improve cognitive abilities and become a better soccer player. It will not come easily at first, but awareness and anticipation will improve over time.  Noticeable all-round improvement in play will likely follow.

Please follow and like us:

How to Develop Vision in Soccer

How to Develop Vision in Soccer

Vision is the ability to see potential passes.

For example, a player with mediocre passing ability only sees what’s directly in front of him. He passes the ball to a forward with a defender on his back.

A player with good vision will quickly scan the field and find a better pass. He sees the forward is marked tightly, looks right, sees the right winger can’t shake his man, then looks left. He sees a hole in the defense. He passes the ball through the hole into space and the left winger runs to the ball.

Read more

Please follow and like us:

How to Communicate Effectively In Soccer

Speed in Soccer

Effective communication will improve the effectiveness of your team. It can be the difference between victory or defeat.

It can be the difference between scoring the goal that results in a college scholarship or being ignored while wide open.

Learning communication is easy. Focus on it for a month and it will become second nature.

Read more

Please follow and like us:

Soccer Shooting Tips

Soccer Shooting Tips

Technique isn’t the only aspect of shooting you should focus on.

I constantly see players with good shots that could score more goals if they made simply tweaks to their play.

This article will cover everything important about shooting that isn’t covered in our articles How to Shoot a Soccer Ball With Power and Accuracy, How to Kick a Soccer Ball, and 7 Types of Soccer Shots.

Read more

Please follow and like us:

7 Best Soccer Moves and Tricks to Beat a Defender

Best Soccer Moves and Tricks

Soccer moves help you beat defenders. A good move will put defenders off balance allowing you to dribble past them into open space.

Too many players use soccer moves and tricks to show off, rather than be effective on the field. Doing moves should help you beat defenders quickly – not waste time unnecessarily.

You don’t need to learn tons of moves and tricks to beat defenders. Most great players use a few great moves that they’ve mastered.

Read more

Please follow and like us:
Facebook
Facebook
Instagram