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How to Head a Soccer Ball

How to Head a Soccer Ball

Heading is often overlooked in favor of other skills. Most coaches don’t explain proper technique and don’t give players enough practice heading the ball.

This is unfortunate because heading is extremely valuable. Players that head the ball well score more goals, clear the ball, and help their teammates win possession in the midfield.

This article will teach you how to overcome the fear of soccer heading, how to head a soccer ball, the types 4 of headers, and tips on how to win a header.

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How to Volley a Soccer Ball

Learning how to volley a soccer ball in the net correctly will give you an edge over other players.

Most players, even advanced players, suck at volleys. They constantly hit the ball over the goal when they volley a bouncing ball and kick it weakly when they do an arial volley.

Luckily for you I can teach you how to strike a volley with accuracy, power, and most importantly, how to keep the ball from flying over the net.

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How to Dribble a Soccer Ball

Dribbling allows you to move the ball around the field without losing possession.

Most players (including advanced players) dribble incorrectly. Unfortunately, most coaches don’t teach players proper dribbling technique.

This article will teach you perfect dribbling technique. You will learn how to dribble with speed, the types of soccer touches, how far you should touch the ball, how to turn, how to practice dribbling efficiently, and soccer dribbling tips.

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Soccer Equipment List

All players need proper soccer equipment.

Players will not be able to play competitively without it. Every team requires players to provide their own equipment.

Equipment provides players with the tools they need to play soccer efficiently and safely.

Here is a list of required soccer equipment:

Soccer Equipment List

Footwear

Black leather football soccer boots isolated on white background

Soccer players should play in turf shoes or cleats, special footwear made exclusively for soccer (make sure you don’t purchase baseball or football cleats).

These shoes provide better traction on grass, which increases player’s ability to stay on their feet.

The footwear material makes kicking a ball painless and provides some protection against getting stepped on.

Younger kids are usually limited to turf shoes (for safety reasons), but when a player gets older, he or she is allowed to wear cleats.

Soccer Socks

soccer socks

Soccer socks are extremely long. They cover shin-guards.

Most teams provide these with your uniform, but some require players to purchase them separately.

Shin-Guards

soccer shin guards

Shin-guards protect player’s shins, a vulnerable part of a player’s body that often gets kicked.

You should purchase one at a reasonable size and thickness. The shinguards should efficiently protect the player’s shins and fit securely in their soccer socks.

Soccer Ball

soccer balls

 

Some coaches provide soccer balls, but purchasing one is highly recommended.

Soccer balls allows players to train and play individually or with friends outside of practice.

Soccer balls come in sizes, 3, 4 and 5. Each age group requires a different size.  Check with your local league to see which size you need.

Water Bottle

waterbottle

Every player needs to drink water during games and practices.

Purchase a fairly large water bottle that you can fill up before every practice and game.

Alternatively, you can purchase bottled water or sports drinks. Multiple drinks are required for practices and games.

Purchasing all of everything on this soccer equipment list is relatively cheap if purchased online. We recommend soccer.com.

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