Although Soccer is seen as a fun and easy sport to learn, the foundations of soccer can vary significantly. Soccer also known as football is a sport split into 2 halves of forty-five minutes. Each team defends its goals while trying to penetrate the opposing goal. The requirements of the game are simple, two goals, a ball and legs that bend at the knees. What better way to have fun.
For those that want to pursue a career in soccer will definitely need to master other aspects of the game. Although the rules of the game never change, the obstacles and complexity of the game act like a big filter which will inevitably eliminate most players before they reach their full potential.
So what are the foundations of Soccer?
Motivation – No one can train for you, can they? No one else can improve your game. Motivation is an important aspect of soccer and one that gets mentioned the least.
Training – In order to improve, you need to practice and train. You need to improve your levels of fitness and improve your physical strength.
Nutrition – You need to eat a healthy and well balanced diet that will allow your body to train at high intensities. You also need the right nutrients to aid in your recovery.
Soccer Drills – The best way to improve your passing, shooting and dribbling is through repetition. Drills are ideal for practicing a technique through repetition and allow you to master certain aspects of the game. Remember to practice, practice, and practice.
Weight Training – In order to compete at your maximum for 90 minutes, you will need to condition your muscles for 90 minutes of sprinting, jogging, walking, changing directions and even running backwards. Lifting weights will definitely give you an advantage in the last 10 minutes of a game when your opponents start to tire.
Psychology – “Team Spirit” is probably the most underrated aspect of the game. Your coach and team should always make you feel like a winner, not a loser, irrespective of the score line.
Your thoughts and what you talk about around your team mates affects your performance and plays a significant role in the levels of confidence you have. Remember to always feed yourself positive thoughts to maintain confidence and increase your levels of enjoyment.
Enjoyment & Fun – If you enjoy soccer and are having fun, chances are you’ll remain in the game. Playing Soccer for long periods of time is the only way to improve and take your game to the next level. This will inevitably give you every chance to play the game professionally