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Really good foot skills in soccer benefit from hours, months and years of practice. A player like Lionel Messi with magical prowess, for example, became a worldwide star for Barcelona after first starting to play as a young boy at the age of 5. But if two weeks is all you have until a tryout or similar deadline, you just have to deal with the situation. To paraphrase the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, вЂњA journey of a thousand miles begins with a single dribble.вЂќ Two weeks can get you started on a foot-skills program that creates good habits and eventual competence.
Juggle a soccer ball for at least 20 minutes, six days a week, allowing for a day of rest for your ankles and feet. Tap the ball lightly -- you can release some of the air pressure to make the ball softer and easier to control -- with the area of your soccer cleats just atop your toes. Be patient if at first you can barely tap the ball twice in a row without losing control. As you get better, point your toes up higher and place a backspin on the ball so it rises up toward the front of your shin, making it easier to control for multiple taps. Work especially on your nondominant foot; having two strong feet is essential to the important soccer foot skills of shooting, passing and tackling.
Practice kicking the ball against the wall, focusing on the push pass from the side of your foot. Work on alternating your feet with gentle control from about 6 feet away at first, so that ball comes to your receiving foot accurately. Move about 25 feet from the wall and practice the instep drive, a more powerful, punchy kick using the top of the foot. You can improve your dominant foot in two weeks of wall practice three days a week; your nondominant foot will take longer to train, but you can certainly work on it as well.
Work on dribbling the ball, pushing it slightly ahead of you so that you maintain control as you go forward. Nudge the ball with your instep and the inside and outside of your foot, experimenting with varying the pressure and angle applied to the surface of the ball. You can spend every spare moment if you like dribbling the ball around the house, a park or a school track.
Practice turning with the ball. Dribble in a straight line for about 8 feet and plant your foot so you block the rolling ball and send it back 180 degrees in the other direction. Angle your foot so that you can block the ball with the inside or outside of your cleats. You can work on turning 10 minutes a day, for three to six days a week depending on your time availability.
Step up to partner drills, such as dribbling around a buddy using your turns and emerging dribbling skills. Simultaneously shield the ball from your defender by keeping your body between her and the ball. Attempt to roll the ball in the direction you want by placing your cleats on top of the ball to send it a few inches in any direction, with your arms held out for balance and to hold off your workout buddy. Focus on dribbling under pressure as much as you can, by scheduling practice time with a friend or attending pickup games to make the leap to employing sharp foot skills during an actual game.