First of all, let’s start with a simple question, what is freestyle soccer ? Freestyle soccer is simply the style and ability to combine various soccer tricks in juggling and ground moves. It’s a new trend in soccer along with other types like five a side futsal and beach soccer. In a soccer context, freestyle is perceived as less significance to the modern game. However, freestyle soccer does improve a footballer’s ability to control the ball. The ball control is what I perceived as the most important element in soccer before other attributes like fitness and tactics. There’s a saying that if you can control the ball you can control the game. In fact, I stumbled one of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s, the Swedish star player, quotes saying that as long as you have the ball, you’ll have the advantage. Yet a majority of footballers still ignore the importance of freestyle soccer. There are reasons behind it and one of them is that the soccer tricks are difficult to execute and only brings less to the modern game. True enough, but let’s not forget the concept of ball control. Learning freestyle allows a player to enhance his touches especially the first touch. A great first touch buys you a thousand of seconds to give you an edge over the opposition. Those seconds could change the game in an instant especially in the modern game where it demands fast and furious soccer. As a result of those reasons, they don’t even bother in the first place. On the other side, the ones who love freestyle soccer perceived it as something that they can express their creativity and improve ball control and touches to greater heights. But I’m more concern to those who are ignorant and may not have the slightest interest in freestyle soccer. The problem is, they may not know where to begin especially after watching a series of freestyle videos on streaming sites like YouTube. I’m assuming that they only watched the difficult tricks and instead forget the basics of freestyle soccer. I believe that freestyle soccer should begin with the basics of juggling and planting before moving on to the more advanced soccer tricks like the around the world, crossover, flip flap, and others. It’s important since juggling is the principle of all types of ball control along with dribbling. In this case, I shall focus on juggling since it’s related to freestyle soccer.
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