Soccer is not all about shooting the ball to make a score. All players do know the importance of all the other soccer skills as well, most especially the dribbling soccer skill.
For the player to become a good if not the best dribbler, he ought to know the most basic steps or the fundamentals in dribbling and few of them were listed here.
Aside from taking the skill to the heart while practicing, time element is also required. The longer time spent practicing by heart, the better the result.
To start with, it is recommended to practice dribbling with smaller balls like tennis ball or if smaller balls are available, grab it instead. If you are already adept in using or dribbling such smaller balls, you will find it much easier to dribble the actual soccer ball.
When dribbling, utilize all the foot surfaces and when doing speed dribbling, use the front instep portion of the foot. Like the stick of a hockey player, your feet has both the inside and the outside surface too, the more skillful you are in using those surfaces, the more skillful dribbler you will become. This is a preparation for the actual defensive pressure that may come from different direction when playing the actual soccer game.
Touching the ball in each step with a quick succession is also essential. This will make you a swift and good ball controller as well as a skillful offensive dribbler. Practice these skills by alternating speeds. You need not be so fast to beat your opponents while dribbling; you have to be cunning instead and this skill teaches you to become one. Beating an opponent is not only through speed dribbling but it is how you lull them by alternating your speed while dribbling. Another important thing to remember while dribbling is to lift your eyes a little to determine if someone's approaching or there is space for advancement. Eye and dribbling coordination is also one of the most important aspects in making a surprise attack.
Keep practicing all these skills constantly and learn new techniques and useful tactics as you go along your dribbling soccer skills. The number one motivation for this is to keep going.
John is an avid soccer fan. Learn more about soccer skills .
Watch Live Soccer on your PC.