Some of us are willing to practice a lot to get better at soccer, and one of the most important things to learn is free kicks, as these set pieces are the bread and butter of a normal match. There are players who were famous just because their ability to do these perfectly placed free kicks that could win matches.
Most of us will never play for aclub to win titles, but it’s really cool to learn how to properly place a ball when you have your turn to amaze everyone with a perfect free kick. These drills will make you better at free kicking so, don’t stop practicing and keep reading.
Use a Tire
You can use a tire hanging of a goal’s crossbar to make this simple, yet effective free kick drill. At first, just try to hit the tire from a 25ft distance, but when you get comfortable with it, start trying to get the ball through the tire hole. This will greatly improve your accuracy.
Use Tall Objects
You don’t need a professional free kick wall to make this drill work. Just place a really high object as if it was one of those walls and start practicing. Place it 10ft away from the goal and from a 25ft distance, try to curl the ball around the object and into the net. It’s easier said than done and most people will quit before even getting it right. Don’t be that guy.
Use Cones Too
Using cones to limit space is one of the best tools for set piece practice. Just make a gate with the two cones and cross the ball through it. To make it harder, take one cone out of the equation and cross the ball while trying to hit that cone. You’ll get beastly with this one.
Improving is a slow process that only occurs when serious dedication and practice are a key part of your routine. These drills are designed to make you get better faster than your counterparts, but the passion must be there. Take 20 minutes every day to practice these drills and you’ll be surprise by your progress.
The next time, we’ll be discussing about some drills for getting better at penalty kicks because here at Tri St Lucia, we’re trying to get people into the most beautiful sport in the world.These drills will help anyone get better, is just a matter of practice.
Soccer is one of the greatest sports ever invented, but here in the US, its popularity isn’t even close to our biggest sports events. In Tri St Lucia, we think that everyone should be playing more soccer, as nothing but a ball is really required, but not everyone knows the basic movements to start playing soccer right away.
In most sites, you’ll find basic information about kicking, passing, and sprinting, but not on this one. Today, we’re discussing some movements to get you in better shape when dribbling the ball in the pitch. Get good with these tricks and you’ll be the MVP in most of you soccer gatherings and matches.
This should be pretty simple, but people who are new to the game just run around with the ball at full speed. That’s not soccer. You have to pace yourself to be unpredictable in your movement with the ball. Simple dribbling skills, pacing, and a quick change of direction will be your primary weapons on the pitch.
Cross Body Drag
This is a simple movement that we’re able to see in hundreds of matches each weekend. When facing a challenging opponent, open your hips trying to convey that you’re going to make a pass in one direction, then, quickly drag across your body in the other direction and away from the defender.
This is a simple movement, but it requires good pacing to make it work. It’s basically a quick touch of the ball, passing it from one leg to another. You have to be really good at timing your opponent’s tackle and quickly run out of the position.
These movements are also easy to perform and very effective. You’ll run to a defender and just before him, or her, do a hard step in one direction and quickly sprint yourself out to the other. You can do double and even triple body feints by chaining these hard steps in opposite directions.
These moves, although basic, are the staples in every soccer match we’re able to watch on weekends. Thousands of players use these same basic techniques to go through defensive lines with the ball on their feet. You can also try to perfect these moves!
The only thing you need to do know is practice, as this will turn you into a better player. With all these moves ingrained, you’ll surprise every defender who has been playing against you in the past. Don’t give up until you start making progress and see you on the pitch!
ZinedineZidane decided to quit his job after winning the 3rd consecutive Champions League title with the team, and things started to go everywhere. It seems like the team is going to go through a deep reconstruction as several key components are saying goodbye.
It looks like Zidane has always been really elegant regarding his decisions. He seems like the kind of guy who respectfully bashes on Real Madrid’s by playing with the same values while always having the upper hand on them. He’s the player who always leaves first, unlike others that end up leaving through the back door.
This time was no different, as he announced his departure right after winning the final. And while Florentino Perez didn’t look too happy about the news, he knew he could do nothing. Once again, Zidane was being polite while denying Real Madrid from kicking him out when things went south.
Zidane was assistant manager of Carlo Ancelotti, who won a Champions League title with Real Madrid in 2014. He then took charge as the manager. It went pretty well for him, with one La Liga title, one Supercopa de España title, and three consecutive Champions League trophies to back his work up.
During the press conference, Zidane quickly explained that “everything changes” and that he made a decision based on that logic while Perez looked at him in awe. “What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology,” he added.
This is a game changer for Real Madrid, as most of the team’s fans were static about Zidane being the manager due to its great results. Some players will leave because of this. Neymar could be coming to Real Madrid real soon and Cristiano Ronaldo is prone to leave.
Younger players from other teams will be wanted to join the new Real Madrid project, and several managers are now being discussed to fill in for Zidane. In Tri St Lucia, we think that it must be hard for a manager to take charge after everything Zidane achieved, but someone will have to do it.
What does this mean for Real Madrid? Right now, the fans should be just happy about their three last years and how things went for Real Madrid. The head of the club will now have to decide who are the best to fill in for everyone who left this season, and it won’t be an easy task.
People are pretty amazed by this Real Madrid team. Three consecutive Champions League titles are not something you can earn every day, in fact, no one ever did it before them.
But regarding the final match, we couldn’t say that Real Madrid team had the upper hand when the referee started it. It was Liverpool who first showed the desire to win the cup.
The First Minutes
It was amazing how during the first minutes of the match, Liverpool’s midfield started pressing Real Madrid’s backline, as Zidane decided to take a defensive stance.
Liverpool decided to crowd the midfield while they were pressing Real Madrid’s build up from the back. When they tried to play through the middle, they always got overwhelmed and lost the ball, creating good chances.
Mohamed Sallah was doing a lot of work in the Real Madrid’s backline and created some good opportunities for his teammates and himself, but things were going to take a different turn.
Coming out of the midfield while trying to find a frontline teammate, Sallah entangled his right arm with Sergio Ramos’ arm, causing a suplex-like move resulting in a severe injury.
Although Sallah kept playing for some time, right after getting pushed around during corner kick for Liverpool, Sallah asked for him to be replaced. Adam Lallana entered the pitch.
A Change of Pace
This sole event sealed the deal for the whole match regarding Liverpool’s stance on the pitch. Quickly, Real Madrid started controlling the game while Liverpool decided to counter-attack when possible.
After the substitution, Mané was switched to the right side, behind Marcelo’s back, trying to capitalize on any spaces he left, but Madrid kept control for the majority of that first half after Sallah’s injury.
During this period, Real Madrid tried to attack relentlessly while controlling the ball and after finding more spaces in the midfield, they almost managed to score their first goal, but it was offside.
Problems for Real Madrid
After that, another person was injured. Carvajal, during a normal run to cross the ball, misstepped just outside the box and fell to the ground, resulting in an injured ankle. He was replaced by Nacho immediately.
While Real Madrid tried to attack, Liverpool was more focused in containing Madrid’s advances until the first half whistle. The dynamic of the match had changed dramatically, but the first half ended without someone scoring.
The second half started just as the first one finished. Real Madrid attacking and controlling the match while Liverpool was devoted to keeping them in check.
During that time, Isco had a really good chance which crashed into the post and bounced back. It was Benzema who capitalized on a Loris Karius mistake when he was trying to give the ball to his backline.
The goal wasn’t something to remember, but this was a final, and it was 1-0 already, Real Madrid was on its way to winning another Champions League title.
After the conceded, Liverpool’s midfield started generating more and more passing lanes while pressing Real Madrid again. The match dynamic shifted again.
During that period, they managed to get the ball moving and created several good opportunities for their forwards to score. Three minutes after Benzema’s goal, Mané managed to score after a corner kick.
After the goal, Liverpool started pressing with even more intensity than before and Real Madrid started to control the ball again, trying to get their lead back. Isco had a good chance, but Karius did his job this time.
Isco then got replaced by Gareth Bale, and the dynamic changed again. He was brought in to stretch his side of Liverpool’s team and to give opportunities in the final 3rd.
Not even two minutes had passed since he entered the pitch and Bale did something extraordinary. After a brilliant cross from Marcelo’s foot, Bale jumped and kicked the ball in the air. It was spectacular.
Liverpool tried to win to Real Madrid’s defensive backline, and they almost make it work during those minutes after the first Gareth Bale’s goal through Mané.
The Final Countdown
In the 83 minute mark, Karius failed again after a glorious kick by Gareth Bale. Although he touched the ball, it went in. The match was over.
Real Madrid kept attacking during the final minutes of the match. Cristiano Ronaldo even lost a good chance because a fan entered the pitch.
After the match, Real Madrid was crowned as champions of Europe for the third consecutive year. Something every other team can just dream about. They won’t be forgotten.
Soccer is a pretty simple sport with a really simple set of rules, but this freedom creates all kinds of possibilities and managers around the world have created tactical systems which developed into different styles of play. Taking all that aside, there are simple principles that will make you a better player.
On this list, we’re going to focus on the most important rules to follow when you’re on the attacking side in a soccer match. Don’t be the new guy who doesn’t know what he’s doing and keep reading. Here are the most important things to consider when attacking:
Penetration is the ability of the team to get inside and behind the defenders while attacking. Every move you make in order to get behind them and create opportunities for your teammates is a penetration move. We’re able to see this while the forwards use their speed against defenders before midfielders throw the ball to them.
Also called support in some books, depth refers to good positioning of the team, which creates enough passing lanes for attacking mates to not lose the ball easily. Good depth means that an attacker will always have someone to pass the ball to and a way out through a well-positioned midfielder.
Mobility is the movement of the attacking players, which will cause the defender players to move, creating spaces in the lines for attacking players to make penetration moves and keep going forward on the pitch. Attacking players will be moving to unbalance the defending lines.
Width is the ability of the attacking team to expand the space between the defending lines by passing the ball from side to side of the pitch. When width is created through passing, defending lines will undoubtedly leave enough space for attacking teammates to make runs inside and behind them.
Often referred to as improvisation, this is the part that most fans love about certain players. When good players create their own moves for simple things as passing and shooting, they become unstoppable, as these quirks are harder to predict than the common cookie-cutter moves.
These are the key things to consider when attacking while playing a soccer match. if you have these ingrained in you, it’s going to be easier when starting to play soccer. Keep practicing, keep loving the sport, and keep reading Tri St Lucia for the best soccer information and news.