One of the best aspects about watching football is the individual brilliance, creativity and memorable moments the game provides. The way in which the greatest players in the world conjure up a new turn, skill or trick to work their way out of what looks to be a hopeless situation, immortalising their place in the history of the game in the process.
we have broken down the most important soccer skills that can help you reach your full potential and achieve success in football as a midfielder.
- Technique – Ball control, Dribbling skills, Passing accuracy, Body control
- Game intelligence – Spatial awareness, Tactical knowledge, Risk assessment
- Physical fitness – Endurance, Balance and coordination, Speed, Strength and power
- Proper mindset – Compassion, Composure and mental strength, Coachability, Self-motivation
Skills depends on the position you occupy in the midfield.
Defensive Midfielder : He should be strong, anticipate the flow of the game and make interceptions when necessary. Range of passing and vision must be exceptional. Good on the ball since he should be able to build the game from the back.
Winger : Pace, good dribbling ability and ball control are a must. Should be able to make good judgments as to crossing the ball into the box or taking a shot on his own.
Attacking Midfielder : He is the link between the deeper lying midfielders and the forward line. He must have a good passing range and the must have quality is the uncanny ability to deliver a through ball to the forwards. The ability to read the play in the opponent’s half is also an onus.
Technique is perhaps the most visibly obvious element to success in football. Even an amateur can recognize good technique. Do they have good ball control? Are they fast with the ball at their feet? Can they dribble through their opponents? Do they pass to feet? Join a summer soccer camp to practice good technique.
Good technique has 4 key elements
Ball control refers to a player’s ability to collect the ball and gain control of it using all parts of the body including feet, legs, chest, and head. A player with good ball control is able to receive passes both on the ground and out of the air with clean first touches, keeping the ball close to their body. Ball control also refers to a player’s ability to maintain possession of the ball, successfully protecting it from opponents. The ability to turn quickly and sharply with the ball is also of upmost important to achieving success in football and falls under the ball control element.
Dribbling skills refers to a player’s ability to move up and down the pitch with full control of the ball. A player with good dribbling skills can move the ball in different directions at different speeds with both feet. They can successfully maneuver through opponents without losing possession of the ball. Superb drilling skills are essential to achieving success in football for players of all positions.
Passing accuracy refers to a player’s ability to use both feet to send the ball to the player’s desired destination. That could mean sending the ball straight to a teammate’s feet with power and precision, sending a through pass into space with proper weight, crossing the ball accurately in front of the net, or, for strikers shooting the ball accurately and powerful into the back of the net. Players cannot achieve success in football without being able to pass accurately with both feet.
Body control refers to a player’s ability to move their body fluidly to optimize balance and coordination. Since body control falls under the category of technique rather than physical fitness, body control refers mostly to correctness of form. Long strides, correct running form, and a low center of gravity are good indications of good body control.
We’ve put together this list of what we reckon are the best football skills for MidFielder
The Maradona Turn
The Maradona Turn is something every player practices and its beauty comes from the simplicity of it. With a swivel of the hips, the great Argentinian forward could dance around the ball, change direction and take multiple opponents out of the game. Done at full pace, its breathtaking to watch.
The Cruyff Turn
Johan Cruffy was one of the best technical players ever to play the game. Aside from winning virtually every trophy going and creating a footballing legacy, his crowning achievement was the invention of the Cruyff Turn. It’s now one of the first skills that children are taught and that’s the genius of Cruyff – he made the difficult become simple. At We Make Footballers, Cruyff is one of our all time favourites
Another skill that was first used by Pele, the Rabona has become a much more frequent sight in football over the last 10 years or so. Players such as Eden Hazard, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Angel Di Maria, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Erik Lamela have all put it to good use in competitive games, wrapping one foot around the other to score and assist some classic goals.
One of the hardest skills in football to pull off, the Elastico was a favourite of Ronaldo. It involves rolling your foot over the ball in such a way that when you bring it down on the other side, you are able to knock the ball past an opponent in one swift movement. Zinedine Zidane was also a fan, but nobody could really pull it off with the pomp of Cristino Ronaldo.
The Pullback V
You might not have heard of the pullback V, but you’ve almost certainly used it at some point as it more of a natural movement. This is the move whereby you stop the ball, drag it back and then flick it behind your standing leg to release a teammate into space, all done in the shape of a V. The great Hungarian Ferenc Puskas is credited with inventing it during his 1950s heyday.
The Rainbow or the Okocha Flick
Nobody really knows where the Rainbow originated from, but it was Jay-Jay Okocha who brought it to the Premier League on a regular basis during his time with Bolton Wanderers. It involves using one foot to roll the ball up the back of the other leg and then flick it over an opponent’s head before collecting it on the other side. This is the ultimate piece of showboating and you will often see it in 5-a-side games or street football.
The Knuckleball Free Kick
Scoring a direct free kick is quite a skill in itself, but there is no better technique for doing it than the Knuckleball. Perfected by Cristiano Ronaldo, by striking the ball straight on the valve you can generate the perfect combination of power, uplift and dip without the ball moving, spinning or swerving an inch. It’s impossible for a goalkeeper to save and mesmerising to watch.
The Seal Dribble
Such a ridiculous skill that it’s never really caught on, but we love it anyway! It was perfected by Brazilian forward Kerlon and basically involved him running forward with the ball perched on his forehead, just like a seal. A modern day example would be Nani in the Premier League.