Soccer Training Tips for solo soccer players

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From the air, the beauty of soccer is geometry. It can be downright mesmerizing to watch truly gifted players find the angles necessary to penetrate a defense and center a shot. While a soccer player in training doesn’t always have a team on hand to practice this intricate dance, there are still many things an individual can do to improve their art.
Work on both feet. Even in a practice game, it can be intimidating to shoot with your weaker foot. Find solo drills that emphasize both feet equally. For instance, shoot against a wall with one foot and receive the rebound with the other. Then switch, shooting with the receiving foot and receiving with the shooting foot. Or set up very small goals on the field and pretend your feet are playing against each other. Count each goal. Eventually, your feet should be about equally accurate.

  • Practice staying off your heels. Set up cones on the field and dribble between them without ever letting your heels touch the ground. Staying on the balls of your feet can make you a more agile and explosive player. It will be exhausting at first, but ultimately beneficial.

  • Every soccer player loves to practice the finesse of juggling the ball, but don’t get too comfortable. Don’t rely on the tops of your feet and thighs. Instead, remain creative and use everything except your hands. You’ll drop the ball more often at first, but it will eventually make you a more versatile player.

  • Players are aware of the need to run and train their feet. But great soccer players also have the explosive strength necessary to leap high and shoot hard. Olympic weight training doesn’t always address the strength concerns unique to soccer. A better alternative can be iso-kinetic workouts that strengthen the body in more athletic ways. Under the advisement of an expert, the use of kettlebells, sandbags, and exercise balls can build lean athletic muscles.

  • Time yourself. A good way to measure your individual progress is to race against yourself. See how fast you can dribble through cones, cross the pitch, or score on the goal a set number of times. Set aggressive goals for yourself but keep track of even your worst performances. Watching your individual progress will keep you motivated to practice on your own.

Remember that every great soccer player has spent countless hours practicing on their own. That time when your friends and teammates are ready to call it a day is exactly when you can go the extra mile and become the better player.
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