Soccer Skills 101

Soccer is the best sport on the planet. You can play it on your own, with a few friends or with a team. Soccer skills can be learned. Some players may be born with natural talent, but the fundamental skills can developed through repetition, observation and visualization. With regular training and practice of a specific movement or technique, the player builds confidence and the target motion becomes natural to him. Beginner soccer players over time can master a range of soccer skills: ball control, dribbling, passing, crossing, shooting, heading, volleying, taking throw-ins, penalties, corner kicks and free kicks, tackling, marking, juggling, receiving, shielding, clearing, goalkeeping, and soccer psychology. The top 25 tips for developing soccer skills is a good place to start your learning.

Each position on the field has a specific job to do. All players must be comfortable on the ball and be able to control the ball. Defenders must be able to tackle and claim the ball, midfielders need to pass the ball accurately, wingers need to be able to dribble and cross the ball accurately, and strikers have to be able to shoot and score goals.

The beginner soccer player will require a range of soccer equipment: soccer boots (cleats), strips, footballs, shinguards, and other soccer accessories, such as soccer caps, soccer bags and soccer tracksuits.