Improve your soccer skills with Soccer Tricks

How To Use Tiki-Taka In Soccer Practice

Tiki Taka Drill“Tiki-Taka” is the latest phrase used to describe how the game is played by the Spanish national soccer team and FC Barcelona.
“Tiki-Taka” is the Spanish term for clackers, a pair of balls on a string which swung up and down so they banged together, making click-clacking noises or, as the Spanish say, “tiki-taka.” Andrés Montes, Spanish commentator for the 2006 World Cup 2006, is attributed with having been the first to use this phrase for soccer play to describe his enthusiasm for the Spanish passing game.
Tiki-taka is easy to describe: it’s a fast passing game, started if at all possible upon first contact with the ball, and then straight into the goal. The opposing team finds itself running after the ball constantly and gets worn down by the action.


Individual Training Part 5: Conduccion

Cruyff TurnPrevious post illustrates on how you can protect the ball against your opponent. Today, we’ll learn on how you can gain space by doing a simple trick on your opponent.

Step 1: Drag your opponent and then do a Cruyff turn.
Step 2: Pass the ball to your teammate once you’ve gained space [red area].

  1. Always have the eye coordination between the ball and your opponent’s feet to catch him off-balance.
  2. Be aware on where your teammates are.

Watch Conduccion in the video below. (more…)

Training 101: Juggling – Beginner

Juggling - The perfect practice

Juggling the ball is certainly one of the best practice method for improving you first touch and ball control, and not to mention, the basic aspects of most freestyle air moves. What many might not know is that juggling does not necessarily mean you have to use a standard soccer ball.

One of the greats of the game, Ronaldo (Luiz Nazario De Lima), once said that practicing with a smaller sized ball, such as a tennis ball or a mini (size 3) skill ball was one of the main contributors to his phenomenal touch and control. Remember, this was a player that started out playing Futsal, before moving onto standard 11-a-side football.


Risks of performing tricks during matches?

Injured after one too many step overs?

Okay, tried it a couple of times, but then again 70% of the time, the tricks don’t work. Yes, soccer tricks are ‘cool’, eye catchy and sometimes very satisfying, but sometimes during a real match, it is somewhat risky to be pulling of tricks – even for the pros. Imagine when a player like Sol Campbell, Lucio or Patrick Vieira coming after you to get the ball. Physical players like these can often cause injury to a player who tries to mess around with tricks. Well, back to our level then. Trying tricks like step-overs, flip-flaps and other similar tricks is quite risky during a game and can cause a team to lose to a goal or even worse, causing injury, and further embarresment. Players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Robinho have been, in the past, injured partly because of trying one trick too many when trying to get past opposition players.