San Marcos Youth Soccer
P.O. Box 627
San Marcos, CA 92079
Earlier we mentioned that there’s a difference between a practice and a training session.
Training is something you do with your team and coach and practice you do on your own or with one or two friends. If you want to become really good at soccer then you need to practice. Training with your team, even a few times a week, may not be enough. So practice at home or in your neighborhood with other kids, or maybe even at school if you get the opportunity.
What you can do on your own are things you practice. That could be juggling, playing the ball against a wall (someplace without windows), dribbling (make your own slalom course) and maybe work on some physical fitness too.
Knocking the ball against a wall gives you the chance to practice several skills.
Approach the ball at a slight diagonal angle
Point the toes of the foot you are standing on towards your target
Lean over the ball
Point the toes of your kicking foot down and curl them back inside of your shoe to make a firmer striking surface of your foot (like making a fist)
Keep your eyes on the ball
Stand with your hips facing where you want the ball to go
Firm grip on the ball with the tips of your thumbs just touching behind the ball
Hold the ball with your fingertips
Follow through on your throw for improved accuracy and distance
Tips on Keeper Throws
Without an opponent you do not have a match. The other team is crucial to having the chance to see how well you play and how you can improve. The opposing team is not the enemy. They are players like you who love the game. Show respect for your fellow players before, during and after the match; when the match is over shake hands in a sincere way. These gesture shows class on your part and your respect for the game. Don’t hesitate to shake hands with the opposing coaches and the game officials too. They all give to the game just like you. Remember you are setting the right example for the fans too.
Be sure to check out the FIFA Fair Play Code at: