Whether you’re just learning, you’re in the mix competitively, or perhaps you even want to coach regarding the game of soccer, like with all things, it’s practice that makes perfect. But, the way that you practice, and the equipment that you use, is going to make a difference in terms of efficiency.
With that in mind, here are five ways to help you perfect your soccer skills, including making sure you have a set of goals on hand, watching soccer videos, having a set practice routine, trying out different practice devices, and buying all the cones you can possibly use.
Gotta Have the Goals
The goal of soccer is to kick the ball in the goal. So, if you want to work on that ultimate skill of getting the ball in the net, you have to buy the net! And you can choose from a countless number of sizes and shapes and styles, depending on what aspect of shooting you want to work on (accuracy, power, realism, etc.), but really, the point is that you need something to aim at that can either catch the ball, or even catch the ball and shoot it back out at you so you don’t have to run and get your ball every time.
Watch Soccer Videos
There are tons of great instructional soccer videos for you to watch. Between the fully produced, professional ones and the down-and-dirty self-produced ones on YouTube channels, you can work on your soccer knowledge with new material pretty much every single day. But realize that just watching is only going to help so much. Once you see the drills, the next step is to actually go out and do them.
Have a Practice Routine
And soccer practice is always going to work better if you have at least the skeleton set up for a routine. Just moving from one thought to another might keep you busy, but that’s not the best or most efficient way to learn all of the skills necessary. Make sure that you have a plan before you start.
Test Out Practice Devices
There are some neat soccer accessories to help you out with the game as well. Some of them are a little bit gimmicky, but others can save you many hours of running around and resetting practice routines, and allow you to really work on certain basics until they’re perfect.
Buy All the Cones You Can Use
One of the primary things that you’ll need to run a lot of different soccer drills are those bright colored cones. These can be used for dribbling drills, shooting drills, accuracy drills, speed drills, and every other kind of drill that you can think of. Buy a 50 pack, and then you’ll always have some to spare.