How do I get better at soccer really fast?

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How do I get better at soccer really fast?

You have probably been watching videos and reading articles on how to improve in soccer. You are also probably following a number of soccer/skill related social accounts on Instagram or Twitter. You have also most importantly bought a great book on football technique philosophy, teaching you the fundamentals, tactics and history of the game.

But how do I improve really fast?

You already know how to improve, or at least where to get the drills and exercises to do so. In this guide, we tell you which drills and exercises that are the best to do, and how many to do to see noticeable blazing fast improvement.

How much time will it take to see noticeable improvement?

Depending on how often you train, you can begin to see small improvements within 7 days. You will continue to see steady improvement every week. After around 1 month, you will also see another sharp improvement after a rest period.

How to train to get better faster

Spring, Jump and Power – Being first to the ball and being able to manoeuvre your opponents will depend on your ability to shift into different positions quickly.

Fast Feet – Quickness of feet is normally the deciding factor in most dribbling duels. Sharp footwork will also allow you to shift positions quicker than your opponents.

Passing and Shooting – Tools of the trade for operating as an effective team. Constant repetition is the path to improving this basic and crucial skillset.

Dribbling & Ball Control – Good dribbling and ball control will bless you with the luxury of time on the ball. Couple that with the ability to roam wherever you please, within reason of course.

Basic Exercises & Pylometrics – A daily regimen of Push Ups, Planks, Sit ups, squats and lunges will help anyone with an athletic endeavour.

Ball mastery – An underrated and highly valuable way of building up your ball control and touch

Dribbling & Cone work – If you wish to propel your ball carrying skills, using cones and other stationary objects to train. You can also doing free dribbling at high speeds, dribbling around imaginary opponents.

Running/Sprinting & Jogging – Practicing running with build the necessary muscles and co ordination you require to last the whole game. Jogging with aid in cardiovascular recovery time.

Your initial target if you are starting out is to build up your cardio endurance and fitness with long slow jogs. Over time you can gradually run the same distances but try to beat your times. You will want to build it up to a point where you can complete your route, almost at medium running space, sprinting in some areas.

Shooting practice – If you are playing in midfield or attack, you will also want to ensure you are sharp in front of goal when the opportunity arises. Scoring goals is a quick way to gain the respect of your teammates no matter what your ability is.

Shooting the ball over and over again also build up muscles in your lower legs and ankles, improving general balance and kick power.

Where to train to get better faster

Playing in matches

Precious match time will be where you will be testing out the results of your training and becoming acclimatized to your new muscles & ability. Getting extra match time between your weekly matches is key. You may be able to join a pick up game or a mid week league at a local 5 & 7 side soccer centre. spending time in football facilities like this will improve your knowledge of the game as you spectate games while you are waiting for your match to start. You may also be invited to play extra games for other teams with spare spaces. You may find yourself playing 2 or 3 games in a single evening. Stretch well! While pitches aren’t in use you can practice key things like shooting and/or cone work.

House & Garden

You may be able to find pockets of space in your home to practice basic ball control and dribbling. Young players will have to persuade their parent to allow it. If you are given permission by a parent (or spouse) be sure to keep things light and ensure you aren’t noisy. Learning finesse, and soft touches will help you to practice unobtrusively. The great thing about training at home is you can train day or night/ multiple times a day. Getting crucial touches in. The more contact you make with the ball, the better your touches will be while playing. Players have been known to carry the ball wherever they go in the house, dribbling around objects across corridors. Keeping your valuables out of the way will help you to avoid headaches later.

Focusing on repetition of a single move for hours is the best way to see improvement in the home. You can choose one or two things to focus on and hammer it out for an hour. Come back to your practice area later that day and do another session. You can try leaving the ball in different areas in your house and practice whenever you enter that area. The key is to try not to vary the drills you are doing too much. We really want to focus and drill down to specific areas using repetition.

The kitchen is normally a good place if you have enough room to do strength and conditioning. Doing Squats, lunges and ankle raises while you are waiting for the microwave or oven is a great way to use your time more efficiently.

Local Park

If you can get out to your local park you can take advantage of the awesome facilities and terrains outdoor training areas provide. You can also train in your boots which is more similar to how you would play in a match. Cone Work and Hill sprints are also fast yielding drills that work great at the park. Using a Speed Ladder on grass is also easier on your joints due to less hard impact.

Gym

You can also accelerate your results by combining drills with gym work. Try to target the muscles you are using in whatever drills you are doing. For example, you may want to focus on training your legs, ankles and groin if you are doing dribbling work. Cable weights are very useful as they provide even resistance and flexibility of angles and exercises.

The You can also read one of our articles on Soccer Training in the Gym for more helpful advice.

Pro Tip: Focus on Training the Ankles and Groin (Light) to see fast overall results across multiple areas in soccer. Ensure you give each muscle adequate rest and stretching between sessions to avoid injury.

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