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I'm a guy who love watching soccer, and at this old age of 15 and 2/3, I'm going to decide to try out for my school team. I have some natural atrributes as being tall(6 feet), and very fast. I'm lets say pretty muscular, not to bulging but not weak. I've done alot of training by myself, and have some questions. Thing such as how to do low fast shots, and how to do some good dribbling moves, (when I play recreational I usually played winger or forward), and finally if any of you have seen the real Milan Baros play, you see he runs with his head down. I do the exact same thing, is there anyway to stop this. All tips will be greatly appreciated.
 

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If you search for previous threads in this forum you will find many answers to you questions.

And look up alot until you touch the ball basically and be comfortable with the ball
 

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I'll try and help ...

Low, Hard Shots - When taking the shot, hit the middle of the ball with your laces, remembering to keep your knee over the ball. Practice against a hard surface to get the hang of it.

Good Dribbling Moves - I'm not exactly sure what you mean by this, but I guess for 1v1 situations you're talking about. I can't really explain it you, but if you go into the Video Clips section in XT, look for 'Showboat' videos. Those have a bunch of great moves you can mimic by great 1v1 players (Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, etc.)
 

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Yea one more, like I see many players with awesome finishing moves. How do they nutmeg the keeper. evertyime i see it, it looks so immpossible.
 

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Yea one more, like I see many players with awesome finishing moves. How do they nutmeg the keeper. evertyime i see it, it looks so immpossible.

Well thats the problem right there, belive it is possible and be composed infront of goal.


Obviously practice alot so you have to think less about the technique and the technique becomes automatic when deciding how you are going to finishing off a move.

Confidence and Composure is the key though.
 

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Nutmegging the keeper is anything but impossible...believe :).

When a keeper comes out, Milan, he has to spread out as wide as he can to try to keep you from going around him. Most keepers will also crouch a little so their hands are low enough to the ground that the player can't roll it past them. When an average height goalkeeper (6ft) comes out, if he is doing what I mentioned above (Which is what almost all goalkeepers do) then his legs will be something like 2 feet apart. This is tons of room for a player to slide the ball through, as the keeper won't be able to shut his legs quickly enough to stop the shot.

It's all about remaining composed in the situation.
 

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Hmm, yea your right, but what if the keeper doesn't rushout. Also where should you hit the ball, the middle or bottom?
 

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Milan Baros said:
Hmm, yea your right, but what if the keeper doesn't rushout. Also where should you hit the ball, the middle or bottom?
If the keeper decides not to come out then he is a fool. Most all good keepers know that they have to come out when an opposing player gets a set distance from the goal. If the keeper doesn't come out on you then get as close as you can and punish his mistake. The goal is twenty-four feet wide, if he wants to have any chance of saving the shot he will come out.

When you ask about where to hit the ball what type of shot are you talking about taking?
 

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I guess one v one. I would say middle, as most breakaways you want to keep the ball low, and if you hit on the bottom you generally put lift on the ball.
 

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It is easier to send the ball to the lower corners and much more effective when in a 1v1 situation. Putting the ball high in really not needed and you run the risik of pulling a Beckham and skying it. :happy:
 

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Lol, yea thanks for all the help. Its really helping my game out.
 

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No problem, glad that I could be of assistance
 

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Yea some new problems have been developing. First of all My first touch and control is totally crap. I canm't seem to properly trap a ball, and when a fast pass is coming towards me i always miss the ball, any help on that aspect? And one problem that has alwaqys been reoccuring is that my head is down ALOT, I can't seem to remember to pull it up. Any help on that? Finally I want to hit fast, high, and Hard shots, moving or dead ball. My shots always seem to go so slow, but they are high. Is there any special technique for that. All tips will be vastly appeciated.
 

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trapping and first touch is all dependant on being comfortable with the ball. it takes time to develop this feeling. i'd suggest that you stick to basics and try not to folllow int eh footsteps of milan baros so much. if you watch any liverpool this season you'll know what crap first touch he has. frankly i think you haven't picked the best striker to model yourself after :D but since you ask we'll all help you.

if u've noticed, balls bounce off baros like he is a wall. i'm guessing u do the same.
if u're going to control a low, ground, fast ground pass, you know a few things. first the ball will have a lot of pace. second see the path of the ball. then you'll need to know how to control it. now if u want it to stop at ur feet without flying away, using the side of ur foot would be ideal.

how to achieve this. well u know how to pass with the side of ur foot? what i do is the same thing, lift ur foot and have the side flat and lifted off the ground a bit. that way when the ball reaches u, u've got a space between ur cleats and the turf. what that does is the top of ur foot (arch area-side) stops the ball at a high point in teh ball, and bleeds the pace on the ball and absorbs the momentum. u'll find that ur arch is almost a perfect fit. if u had ur foot just there, it'd hit the foot, no pace would be absorbed and the ball would rebound. simple physics. this takes a lot of practice. be patient. you've still got a lot of time, u're a young lad. play with the trapping, practice against a wall. it's helpful. take a ball, get a brick wall with grass surrounding it. keep side footing ur pass into the wall with a lot of power, and then trap. it's terribly simple.

good luck, hope this helps ;)
 

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on ur head problem. what i try to do is look up before i recieve the ball and look for teammates. look down a bit to control the ball, make a run, and look up again. it's all habits. i'd suggest u get some rec time in and practice lookin up. or make yourself do pushups or some form of punishment for everytime u're wrong.

try doing some individual training. go to the field and dribble by urself, looking up at all times. i think if u do that religiously you'd probably fix ur habit.
 

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Wow , thanks It really helped especially the trapping bit.
 

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One main thing to remember is that you practice how your will play. If you practice bad habbits then they will follow you into a game.

Good way to learn to pick your head up is to get another person and just pass the ball back and fourth but after you pass you move. It goes something like this....Trap....Pass...Move...have your mate do the same thing. this will make it so that you have to pick up your head to find him to make the pass

Hope that helps
 
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