Hi there, welcome to football hobo. This website is a project between myself and my brother, both of whom have many years of experience in Soccer. We believe this experience can be put to good use in showing up and coming players how they can improve their performance.
There are numerous websites we recommend for extra reading. Check here to see information regarding the various soccer positions.
Football Positioning and movement
One of the overlooked aspects of improving as a player is fitness levels. If you’re the type of player that gives his all for 45 minutes till half time and feel the need to come off the pitch due to exhaustion, it could be due to not being fit enough.
The flip side of that, is you are fit enough to run till full time, but are not conserving your energy correctly, which is a common problem, especially if you play as a winger, or a forward.
Typically, a centre forward will need to save his energy for short, explosive bursts of pace, to beat a defender, or chase down a long ball over the top. Thierry Henry at Arsenal did this to devastating effect.
If however, you believe your stamina may be to blame, you will want to start getting use to lots of running for longer periods of time, alongside plenty of high intensity interval training, which addresses the many changes in pace a match may have. The top soccer players are in fantastic shape, and regularly run around 10 km every game. This doesn’t include the amount of energy they will need to expend by tackling, holding up the ball, or jumping in the air to win headers.
Dribbling the ball
Dribbling and close ball control is a major part of the game, especially if you’re a midfielder. You will need to learn to be comfortable on the ball whilst retaining possession for your team. This is easier said than done, and why it’s rare to find a all round midfielder that can do all of these things.
I found that dribbling in and out of cones alternating the foot I was using, along with the pace I was doing it at, helped immensely with taking on, and keeping the ball at my feet under pressure. Over time, you can reduce the spacing between each cone to make things more difficult.
Nothing however, beats playing against real opponents, so when you can manage it, get outside playing and practicing with friends and team mates as much as possible.