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Receiving a Soccer Ball

Receiving the soccer ball can be thought of as a fairly easy task, but in a game the pressure is intense and the chance of losing control of the ball increases. The receiving skill that is most often used by soccer players is with the inside or outside of the foot. Players can receive the ball with not only the feet, but other parts of the body, such as the chest and thighs, as well. Soccer players must trap, control, and immediately take action after receiving the ball.

It is common for soccer players to hear about the “first touch”, which determines if they are able get the ball in control to immediately pass or dribble. Coaches spend a lot of time working on a player's “first touch” so that it becomes a second nature skill and the chances of turning the ball over to the opposing team decrease.

Receiving Tips:

  • If the soccer ball is not on the ground when passed, the player should raise the foot into the air to meet it. However, the player cannot lift the leg above waist level. Lifting the leg higher than the waist can result in the referee calling a “high kick” and handing the ball over to the opposing team for a free kick.
  • When using the chest to receive, the player should slightly lean back so the ball can drop down to the feet immediately after hitting the body. The body must be in a relaxed state when receiving with the chest because if the ball hits a stiff body it is more likely to bounce farther away and be harder to gain control of.
  • Soccer players must know their surroundings when receiving the ball and keep an eye on the defense who will be applying the pressure. As soccer players progress, they will learn to how turn from the defense when receiving the ball to prevent losing control.
  • Practice, practice, practice! It is extremely important for every player to continue practicing trapping the soccer ball, performing numerous receiving reps daily.

The Myosource Kinetic Bands provide the resistance soccer players need for building quick muscle fibers. The faster a soccer players muscles are able to contract and react will determine how quickly they will be able to receive, control, and shield the ball. Resistance training will help soccer players increase balance, endurance, and stamina for muscle strength and durability. The Myosource Kinetic Bands are placed above the soccer players knees so there are no movement restrictions for practicing any ball receiving skills. After practicing with the bands on, immediately do the same receiving skills without any resistance and feel the difference immediately.

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