Soccer Drills - Top 5 Soccer Training Drills To Improve Fast

Uploaded by EpicSoccerTraining on 14.04.2012

Hey guys. This is Matt from Epic Soccer Training. Thanks for checking out the video. I want
to take you through a couple of soccer drills that are going to really enhance your ability.
A lot of times people think that soccer drills are monotonous and they just go to practice
and want to get better but somebody who has played professionally, I can tell you most
of the time that people go and play professionally is because they do the right soccer training.
There's a different way to train that's going to get you the most results and I want to
take you through some of the more basic to, I guess, intermediate ways to improve your
soccer drills where you can just go out and you can do them on any field. It doesn't have
to be a soccer field but again they're kind of basic but I want to kind of explain as
well how you can transition and make them more effective. So say you're more of an intermediate
or advanced player. Everybody is still doing these drills. You don't need to reinvent the
So the first one I want to take you through is juggling and the benefit of juggling is
that you're learning the bottom of the ball. You're learning how the ball is in relation
to your body and again, you want to work on both feet as well. So I know most players
are right-footed. I'm a lefty. So you don't always want to do just right-footed. You want
to go back and forth and get your knee involved. Get your chest, your head, all that type of
So again, you want to make sure that you have control of the ball and everything you do
is effective. Like it's a great warm-up to just go out and be able to juggle and really
work on different ways to do that and the reason why that's good and most people don't
really get, I guess, the reasoning behind it is it's really great for learning volleys.
It's really great for trapping. Settling a ball is another way that you can work on your
first touch and ultimately juggling does work on your first touch which is something that
you need to have if you want to be a great player and I'm sure a lot of you out there
want to eventually play at college and maybe even some professionals as well.
So I want to just give you the tools to help you develop some of those things as well.
So again, when you're juggling, you just want to have loose feet. I'm going to do another
video on juggling that kind of explains some stuff, maybe some of the little tips and tricks
that I just did there, a little bit of flair. But anyway, yeah, just work on juggling. It's
a great way to just get some touch on the ball.
Secondly, I have four cones here. Again this is on a smaller scale. I'm going to take you
through it pretty slow but what you want to do is you want to work on shielding and shielding
is great because you're working again, juggling works on the bottom of the ball. Shielding
works on more of the top and the sides. Shielding again, if you don't know what shielding is,
it's basically you're shielding a defender from the ball by rolling over the top.
So again, if you have the ball and you keep the defender here, you're always rolling over.
So again, that's what this drill is. So let me kind of take you through this real quick
and show you what to do. So again, just start on one corner. We're going to be working with
both legs here, both left and right. So what you want to do and I will do it slow again,
is you just want to roll over and stop with your foot. If you're first starting out, maybe
just roll slow and then when you get to this part, is we're going to go forward and we're
going to progress.
So what you want to do is you want to roll on top of the ball. So again, you can get
the ball going pretty quick too and then now we're shielding the other way so again, we're
rolling over top, keeping it close to the body and then we're going back and back. You're
just kind of hopping backwards. Keep the ball in front of you but obviously you want to
kind of lean back on this one because you're going to be kind of on your heels. You want
to move back fast and then you want to keep going as fast as you can all the way around.
You want to do that a couple of minutes and it's going to give you a lot of touches on
the ball really, really quickly in a lot of different areas as well.
So go ahead and do that. Do that I would say a couple of minutes but really I would do
it on a bigger scale too and then again you can switch things up just to make it a little
bit better. Like I said, if you want to shield and stop, that's a good way too. There are
a lot of moves that can go into that. So once you start learning to shield, you're going
to learn a whole bunch of different moves that are going to open up for you.
Then the next one is going to be going and doing triangles and triangles, it's a real
basic thing. You probably start out learning but again let me scoot up here what it is,
is it's just rotating the ball in a triangle and again you're using the top of the ball
and the side so now we're getting into different areas as well. So you pull back and again
if you're right-footed let me start here. You're going to pull back across your body
to your right and then tap over and then tap up.
So again just pull back over up and then what you eventually want to do is switch sides
as well just so you can see it from the side here and again, to take it through another
level, you want to keep your head up. You always want to have your eyes above the playing
field and kind of keep glancing up. You're not going to just be looking up and then automatically
know where the ball is but again, if it's down, kind of look around because there's
always going to be defenders on you and the best players in the world know where people
are and they also know when they get the ball, they're anticipating what they're going to
do with it ahead of time. You should always be thinking, if I get the ball, I'm going
to switch the ball to that side of the field because it's open. There's going to be a player
that's open running onto it.
So again, work that and then another thing that you can do as well with the triangles
is do a triangle behind the leg which I didn't do very well there. So again, as you pull
back and you go right there which you're going to start learning a whole bunch of moves when
you're trying to get out of trouble. So when you start adding all these things, it's going
to be a lot easier so again, start out with doing a triangle or two and then when you
pull back, just pull back behind your leg and across your body and then grab it. So
it's going to be a little bit farther but you just want to regain it there. See? And
then you can switch sides as well.
So that's another thing that gets you on more of the sides of the ball and again, you want
to stay light on your feet because if you're on your heels, your reaction time is a lot
So the next one that I want to take you through is just going to be basically touch-touch
cone drills which are going to help you get on your feet as well and stick around towards
the end of the video.
If you're watching this, I have something that's going to help you out a lot so bear
with me for a second. I will take you through a couple more and then I will help you out
a little bit. So again, what you want to do here is you have the cones kind of separated
and again, I have them spaced out a little bit tighter together as they get farther and
you can do that if you want.
But what it is, is basically you're working on your slow touches. So touch, touch, inside,
out, inside, out and then you get closer in and so basically you're always going to be
working on those quick touches. So if you ever watch Messi, he's like the master of
this. He basically can get in a jam where he has a bunch of defenders around him because
he can wrong-foot the defenders and he can do these quick touches that he's going to
wrong-foot a defender and get around him pretty easily.
So again, start slow. Just touch. Touch across and then touch outside. Touch across. Touch
outside. Touch across and outside. So again, you're going to start working through that
and you're going to be going at a pretty good pace. Again, you're just getting a feel for
the ball, especially if you're a beginner, so maybe don't leave them so tight towards
the end. Just keep them spread out.
Then I got one more drill for you which it's pretty simple but again this is where you're
going to start learning more feinting and so what you want to do is you want to take
the ball and start with the right foot and instead you're going to roll to the outside
and then across your body and then step on it.
So left side is like this and you can start going faster too like that but if you're just
starting out, just go across the body and then stop. What this is going to do is this
is going to work on moves like the Cruyff where if you've seen midfielders or forwards
that are in the vicinity, if they're going to shoot a ball and they want to get a defender
to step and get some space, that's what they would do is they would fake and they would
have the ball here for a shot.
So again, we're just working on the basic fundamentals that you need first and then
you're going to build on that which is what I'm going to teach you in all the YouTube
videos. So again, start out just kind of going across the body real slow and again you're
getting a feel for the top of the ball and the side of the ball in this as well. So keep
working on that one as well.
So again, just to kind of like harp on what I'm teaching you here, is a lot of people
go to practice and they think, “I want to be a great soccer player,” but it's not
necessarily going to happen if you just go to practice. You need to know the specific
ways to train and there's a specific method that I learned to take my playing from an
average player to playing All-American in high school and in college and then playing
professionally as well.
So I want to give you kind of the tips and tricks that I learned that you can use as
well to really get your skills fast-tracked. You can go as quick as possible and really
learn a lot. So go ahead and just click the link below this video and check that out now.
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