There are elements of soccer that can be considered as essential for highly combative matches. There are different vital components that determine whether soccer players are fully capable for their assigned roles and positions:
- Ball Control: Ball controls allow players to play balls smoothly and control them flawlessly. Players are expected to collect the ball cleanly and move to the desired direction without making the ball stop. This means, players must not slow down when the collect the incoming ball and they could immediately protect the ball from the incoming defenders.
- Passing: Passing is about successfully a variety of long and short passes. This is an extension of the ball control skills. However, passing skill is also determined by heading and the ability to drive balls to other players. In general, good passing ability is about making quick decisions.
- Dribbling: Dribbling is an essential skill. It’s not only about bringing the ball quickly and accurately, but also about bursting past opponents, changing directions at will and feinting. In fact, players who have excellent dribbling ability could break through a tightly packed defensive formation. Dribbling capability is about having quick feet that’s combined by ensuring a sense of comfort when they are under pressure.
- Heading: Heading is about to create shooting changes by heading at goal after specific crosses. Good players should be able to demonstrate excellent heading skill even under severe pressure.
- Finishing: Finishing is an important skill for players, especially strikers and attacking mid-fielders. It is about adopting the right techniques to score a good in different ways, such as heading, bending, chipping, hitting volleys and driving low balls. Excellent goal scores could use other parts of their bodies, such as thigh and chest to make an excellent finishing. In fact, successful strikers could use the positive characteristics of any great used-car salesman, such as not afraid of failure and overall aggressiveness.
Other than these technical abilities, there are physical fitness factors that can help players do things better. These physical elements should be balanced properly, so they can become more complete players.
- Endurance: Players with excellent endurance could often commit themselves fully throughout the entire game with impaired ball control and no sign of fatigue. However, such tactical commitments are only possible if players have the complete abilities to move and perform consistently for the entire match.
- Speed: It is about the ability accelerate properly and maintain the speed throughout the march. As an example, players should be run straight ahead quickly, change direction while maintaining speed, change speed accurately and decelerate quickly without compromising overall balance.
- Agility: Manoeuvres and movements are based on agility. It is about the ability to turn and twist while dribbling, while readjusting our body during any situation. Agility can be enhanced by various flexibility sessions that involve ball gymnastics and stretching. Conditioning training should be combined with tactical and skill training.
- Strength: Soccer is also about physical confrontations and strength is often needed to tackle ball or deal with tackling effort. Regardless of whether they are defenders, midfields, attackers and even goalkeepers, players should be able to use their strength properly.