In soccer skills, receiving is as important
as passing. To properly receive the ball, players should plant
their weak foot on the ground and move the foot that will
stop the ball slightly forward and off the ground. If the
receiving foot is on the ground when it touches the ball,
the ball will bounce off it and go in a different direction.
By having the foot off the ground, the player
drives its momentum into the ground and maintains control.
Players should stop the ball with the inside of the foot and
in the direction they plan to go by aiming the foot either
forward or backward, left or right. This theme of aiming goes
into other soccer skills as well.
Players should judge the type of pass they are
receiving in order to handle it appropriately. If the pass
is soft, players should tense the receiving foot and keep
the foot steady as the ball hits it instead of absorbing the
impact. If the pass is hard, players should allow the foot
to move backward slightly to soften the impact and prevent
the ball from bouncing off the foot and away.
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Throwing in the Ball
Performing a throw-in is an important skill
for players of all ages to learn and master because they are
used frequently in games as a way to reward one team for the
misconduct of the other team through broken rules or misbehavior.
As its name says, a throw-in is where a player picks up the
ball while out of bounds, before play is started, and throws
it in to a teammate, who attempts to score off the throw-in.
The point of a throw-in is to be precise with
the aim and to throw the ball as far as possible into the
field. To do this successfully, players have to identify a
teammate to throw to and use proper technique.
Players should begin by facing the field with
their feet planted apart. They should hold the ball in both
hands and raise it over their head, keeping the elbows facing
forward and not squeezing in or falling open. From here, athletes
should swing their arms forward and release the ball when
the hands come slightly in front of the head. This will make
the ball go further in the air and not aim down into the ground.
A penalty kick is performed the same way a regular
shot is performed. One player, usually the one who was fouled
by the opposing team, has the chance to kick for a shot. There
is a penalty mark from which the player stands and is dependent
on the age of the league. Only the goalkeeper is allowed to
stop the shot (Please visit out youth
soccer rules article for more info).
Of all soccer skills, the penalty
kick is difficult because the kicker is all alone. The player
kicking stands inside the penalty box. All other players must
stay outside the penalty box and the penalty box arc until
after the ball is kicked. The goalkeeper must stay at the
edge of the goal; he or she can move side to side in the goal
but not leave the area. The kicker can start running or in
place, and should connect with the ball with the toe pointed
down and the foot aimed at the part of the goal they are trying
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