Before you can become a really good football player, you must first master the football basic skills. These skills are your foundation for learning football, and you will be doing them almost every time you play football in order to get the proper playing of the game.
Here are the basic football skills that you should master in order to become good in the sport:
- Knowledge of the areas and corners of the field – you should know all the small areas and corners of the field from where you dribble or kick the ball. You need to know where to go and what to do in a certain area of the field if you’re going to play any football at all. The corner area, for example, is where a corner kick is used to put the ball in play after the ball has gone over the goal line and out of play if it was last touched by a player defending that goal.
- Dribbling – practice advancing the ball with a series of short kicks. Some of the best football players in the world are known for their very advanced dribbling skills. A great skill in dribbling will give you an edge on the field because it would give you more refined and accurate mobility.
- Goal kick – when the attacking team kicks the ball over its opponent’s goal line, the goalkeeper gets the ball and may kick it far downfield. As a goalkeeper, you should practice with this basic skill to be efficient in your position.
- Half volley – kick a ball just as it is bouncing from the ground. Kicking the ball while it is resting isn’t a challenge at all, but kicking a ball while it’s bouncing would require skill and precision. Practice on the half volley, and you can become an efficient football player.
- Screening – this is keeping a player’s body between an opponent and the ball. If you’re a defender or attacker, this is a very important defensive skill to learn. This practice is a team effort though, and you need to practice it with your teammates.
- Throw-in – when the ball goes across the touch line, possession is awarded to the opponent of the last player to touch the ball. The throw-in is made with an overhand motion using both hands. This is a basic skill that many football players don’t take for granted because it is very important.
- Trapping – this means gaining control of the ball using some part of the body other than the hands or arms.
- Volley – this happens when a ball is kicked while it is still in the air. Some use the “scissors kick”, which is a highly advanced skill that not all football players can do.