Category: ball control

  • Do Turf Soccer Fields Perpetuate Poor Soccer?

    Turf fields are fantastic. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. My concern, however, is that since the ball rolls and bounces so predictably on turf, players and coaches will spend less time working on ball control and the first-touch since it will be easier to attain a minimum level of proficiency. Poor ball control and…

  • Improving Throw-ins: Hit the Feet (part 3 of 4)

    Oftentimes, little thought is given to making sure that the throw-in is thrown in accurately. It is important that the ball is thrown at the player\’s feet in order to give that player the best chance to control the ball and to give that same player other options than just passing the ball back to…

  • 2-3 Goal Difference Per Game: Never Let the Ball Hit the Ground

    As a referee, I have had the opportunity to see many age groups and different calibers of players. I am always surprised at the number of players, even high school […]

  • 2-3 Goal Difference Per Game: Bombs Away

    Take full advantage when an opponent has difficulty controlling high kicks. Always anticipate that the ball will be missed by the defending team and have a player ready to take full advantage. Use this strategy when going with the wind.