The Most Important Skill For Young Soccer Players To Master
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The Most Important Skill for Young Soccer Players to Master

Everyone wants their child to be a goal-scorer. Seeing little Jack dribble through 4 players and strike one into the top right corner of the goal is nearly every soccer parent's dream.

However, not everyone can be a little Jack. Someone has to play goalie and try to save Jack's shot. Someone has to play defense and try to prevent Jack from shooting at all. And someone has to play midfield to make sure that Jack actually gets the ball.

But what skill is essential for all 4 of these positions to learn? If your child is struggling to participate in the games or is a bit lost and doesn't know what to do, how should you help them? If you're a coach, what one skill should you be focusing on more than any other?

Dribbling and touch.

There is nothing more important for a young player than getting touches on the ball. The younger the player, the more a coach should be focusing on teaching dribbling techniques and offensive moves. Developing touch will enable young players to get themselves more involved in the game, have more fun, and become better soccer players.

Having good touch is much more than just being able to dribble in a straight line (although that's an impressive accomplishment at age 6!). Good touch on the ball means that when dribbling, a player is keeping the ball no more than 1 foot away from their feet (no pun intended). This allows kids to have the thrilling feeling of running with the ball and makes it much harder for another player to take the ball away. Teaching good touch will help your players get themselves involved in the game and dribble the ball around the field, which is a great starting point and is a ton of fun!

Touch is also what you might call a "gateway skill." What I mean by that is that a good touch will enable players to learn other soccer skills much more quickly. If a player can dribble the ball well and keep the ball close, they'll be able to pick up passing and trapping much more quickly and avoid what I call "brick feet," which is when a player tries to trap a ball only to have it bounce 5 feet away from them, giving the appearance that they have bricks for feet. Touch also helps with shooting, as the player will have much more ball awareness and know what part of the ball they should be striking in order to produce the most powerful shot possible.

So how do you teach this in your child or team?

Well, the thing is that it has to be in every drill or exercise that they do, as well as a warmup at the beginning of the practice session. Start every practice with 10 minutes of ballwork. A great way to do this is to set up a large square and tell your players to dribble around, keeping the ball close to their feet. Tell them that it's important that they look up when dribbling, as you'll be holding numbers in the air with your fingers and the objective is for the players to call out which number you're holding up. This teaches close dribbling and the importance of looking up when dribbling.

There's also a drill called the Foundation. Basically, the player just touches the ball between the insides of their feet. If you're having trouble visualizing it, go to YouTube and search for "soccer foundation drills". This is called the Foundation because it's the foundation of good touch and there are a ton of exercises that you can do with it. The attached video has a few of those exercises.

Finally, make sure that you avoid any drills or exercises that involve players standing around doing nothing. Soccer is a dynamic game that is constantly moving; your practices should reflect that. Avoid drills with long lines of players idling about with a ball at their feet and instead opt for dynamic drills that keep the players moving and busy. Focus on getting every player at least 300 touches per practice, and encourage them to get another 300 touches throughout the week on their own. If you're a parent, make sure that your child is getting their 300 touches every week outside of practice. This will help cultivate a great soccer player that is versatile and can excel in any position on the field.

I hope you've found this helpful. My website has more training tips for those interested, as well as recommendations for soccer training equipment for coaches and trainers who need to restock. Thanks for reading and leave a comment with any questions or feedback.


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