Soccer is a preferred game worldwide. Fan mania extends to every corner of the globe as far as Taipei. I can attest to this fact. I have been studying and practicing techniques myself for some time. At its best, the sport is an art form that requires certain drills. Coaches and players differ as to what is best and they compare notes on new programs as compared to the old school style. I believe that just because something is new doesn’t make it better. Sometimes newness for its own sake is not that beneficial. Why throw the baby out with the bath water. There are some warm-up routines, for example, that are just as good today as they were in the last century. That does seem so long ago, but we are still using the old regimen in some countries today.

Of course, the point is to do something on a regular basis to keep in shape and to hone your skill for playing competitively. You also have to have the desire to win first and foremost and the motivation to do your best. The practicing exercises at are there to remind you of the basics and what it feels like to do something right. You will find out what is going wrong and how to fix any weak areas. Without a rehearsal, in effect, you will never master your craft.

It is all about leg action, accuracy and speed. You have to be on your toes—not literally. As coaches always say, keep your eye on the ball. Don’t get distracted or lost in the clouds. Don’t give up too soon. Soccer is not a big scoring game so it doesn’t have last second feats a lot of the time like football. It can be just as exciting, however. I can’t stress enough the importance of developing skills in practice. Exercises that strengthen the legs and produce stronger kicks are desirable. You can learn how to place your foot just right on the ball. When starting out, it is all about exposure to the best techniques around. Read up on what the professionals like and emulate their moves. Watch videos with fellow players and/or the coach and you will surely improve.

Your team will no doubt have a set of various practice plans, and some are designed for kids. As you know, the youth of today are obsessed with the game. If you are a pro, you might want to coach the on the side. For regular players, the rules are simple. But they are essential for milking talent potential. They help you understand strategy from inside out. Coaching is a true craft that takes expertise. Those who know old and new regimens will have a greater selection of techniques. What has worked in the past no doubt will be useful in the present. It is usually a framework for achievement and a lot of thought has gone into it. As one famous coach told me, you want to blend competencies, cognition and character to succeed on the field.