6 Fundamental Skills Required to Play Soccer

In this article I have summarized 6 basic skill that are vital to know if you want to learn how to play soccer. Don't avoid using these skills or you will not become the incredible soccer player you were meant to be!

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1. Passing

This has to be the most important soccer skill you need to know. The simple truth here is that if you don't know how to pass the ball, then you really don't know how to play soccer.

There's no other way to say it. You may only need a few minutes to learn how to pass a ball, but to really become great you need hours of practice!

2. Receiving a Ball

This is probably the second most important thing in soccer, after passing a ball. If you don't know how to receive a ball, you don't know how to play soccer.

Every time you receive a pass from a teammate you need to know what to do with the ball.

If it takes you 5 minutes to get control on it then you can be pretty sure that your teammates will not either pass the ball so often to you.

3. Trapping

This is the third important skill you need to know as soccer player. However, trapping a ball is not the same as receiving it.

When receiving a ball you will generally be in movement and when trapping a ball you will often stand still.

4. Dribbling

If you don't know how to dribble then chances of getting around your opponent are pretty small.

Remember, dribbling is not the same as being able to perform cool tricks with the ball.

If you can't use a trick in a real soccer game then ask yourself what is the point of practicing on it?

Isn't it better to use your time to improve other soccer skills that you will be able to use in a real soccer game?

5. Shooting

If you want to score goals then you will also need to know how to shoot. If don't, then scoring a goal will be pretty hard.

However, shooting is not just about hitting the ball with enormous power. You have to be able to hit the goal properly - precision has to be in the equation, which is the 6th skill you need to master.

6. Precision

As I told you earlier in this article, passing the ball is the most important skill you need to know. But what about precision?

I mean, if your passes never find the right address then what is the point of passing the ball when you really think about it?


These are just a few of the basic skills that you will need in order to become a great soccer player.

Even the famous international soccer players you see on TV are going to have these skills.

So the last thing that you ultimately want to do is try to skip over really getting these fundamental skills mastered.

The more practice you can devote to these, the better you will set up your entire soccer future.

Where will you go? Well, there's only one way to find out - practice!

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