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My son has always been a football and baseball kid but he has chosen to play soccer this spring. I'm fine with it as long as he is playing a sport. However, I don't know poo about the game. I'm your typical meathead football guy. I enjoy working on the nuances of football and baseball with him outside of normal practice, but I know those sports and normally help coach. Soccer, on the other hand, I'm clueless about. Any tips on things we can do in the yard together outside of normal practice? I was kicking it around with him last night but it was almost like the car commercial with the dad throwing the baseball incorrectly (I kick with my toe which I know is incorrect).

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Have him watch some daytime Soaps so he knows drama and how to fake an on field injury and draw a red card on the opponenets.
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Watch English Premier League with him this weekend. Arsenal vs. Tottenham will be great game to watch. Its on Sunday 11am. Ball control and passing are the most important attributes in soccer. Teach him how to dribble, pass, pass on the run, kick the ball correctly. Power strikes vs precision strikes. Etc.

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Lol that's about all I know about the game. Flopping and screaming in agony.

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[quote name='ARSEN' timestamp='1362065644' post='2147281']
Watch English Premier League with him this weekend. Arsenal vs. Tottenham will be great game to watch. Its on Sunday 11am. Ball control and passing are the most important attributes in soccer. Teach him how to dribble, pass, pass on the run, kick the ball correctly. Power strikes vs precision strikes. Etc.
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Teaching him is where the problem lies. I need to learn myself.

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My son has always been a football and baseball kid but he has chosen to play soccer this spring. I'm fine with it as long as he is playing a sport. However, I don't know poo about the game. I'm your typical meathead football guy. I enjoy working on the nuances of football and baseball with him outside of normal practice, but I know those sports and normally help coach. Soccer, on the other hand, I'm clueless about. Any tips on things we can do in the yard together outside of normal practice? I was kicking it around with him last night but it was almost like the car commercial with the dad throwing the baseball incorrectly (I kick with my toe which I know is incorrect).
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Kicking around is good. As long as he has the proper form it doesn't matter how you do it.

You can also play keep away. Basically try to get the ball away from him and visa versa. You can also set up cones for small goal and try to score.

Trapping skills are key. Get him to practice controlling the ball when it comes head high, chest high, knee-high etc.

There are lots of one on one drills you can look up online. Lot's of good things to work on footwork

Basically the best players aren't the fastest or strongest but the ones best at ball control.

You should also watch an EPL game on Saturday morning

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Teaching him is where the problem lies. I need to learn myself.
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How old is he?

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[quote name='nc_biscuit' timestamp='1362066033' post='2147291']


How old is he?
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Just turned 8.

Good advice Happy Panther. Trapping and ball control. He's a natural athlete and was doing well in a pick up game last weekend. Had 4 goals scored in an hour scrimmage. But when kids converged on him he had a hard time keeping the ball under control.

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Just turned 8.

Good advice Happy Panther. Trapping and ball control. He's a natural athlete and was doing well in a pick up game last weekend. Had 4 goals scored in an hour scrimmage. But when kids converged on him he had a hard time keeping the ball under control.
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Yeah, my kids played at that age... pretty much just worked on the fundamentals of trying to trap the ball when it comes at them and stuff like leading a pass etc.

I didn't know crap about soccer either.

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Yeah, my kids played at that age... pretty much just worked on the fundamentals of trying to trap the ball when it comes at them and stuff like leading a pass etc.

I didn't know crap about soccer either.
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:-). I'm hoping this is just a phase. He was doing great at baseball last spring. His team won their league championship. He still wants to play football in the fall but he has to move up to tackle and I'm still deciding if I want him to do that at this young an age.

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Teach him how to kick a football on a tee first (if he doesn't know how already), then just replace football and tee with soccer ball, it's the same motion.

Then teach him about spacing, you may have to google some info on that, a young kid can dominate youth soccer if they are good with their spacing.

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So I need to google spacing and ball control.

Better be careful when I search ball control.

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Messi is the best soccer player in the world. The reason it is because of his ball control and quickness. Sometimes it seems like the ball is glued to his foot.

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it's all about ball control and proper technique. His feet will get real sore real quick without the proper technique and that will take the fun out of it really quick.

the sooner his feet feel the ball and he can run around with it with his head and eyes up, the quicker he'll become a better player.

the rest just comes with practice and practice, and then some practice.

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I know it sounds like you aren't doing your job as a parent, but the best way for a kid to get some real rep's in with regards to learning how to pass and what not is just put him infront a brick wall. Have him pick a spot on the wall and try to repeat hitting that exact spot. I played soccer into my late teens and looking back that is one of the best things my father ever had me do. Also if you are looking for a great game to watch, where you can really see all the game has to offer, DVR the Manchester United vs Real Madrid game, Tuesday 2:45 PM. Should turn out to be one of the best games of the year.

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take him out to where kids are playing and let him watch them!!! A new soccer player learning the game while watching Man U is like trying to teach your kid to drive by watching the Indy 500!

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Lol good point

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It's not about learning to play the game, its to see how exciting the game can be played. This is as much for you SCP as it is your kid. If you can get into soccer, then it will help your son more in the long run. My dad previous to me playing had no real knowledge of the game, but when I got started he got into it. We watched games together, kicked the ball around a lot, he was even the coach on a lot of my teams. You being into soccer will make the time you guys spend together that much more enjoyable.

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For an 8 yr old its really about dribbling and spacing. Most kids that age crowd around the ball like its a dead body.

Don't sweat technique right now. 10 and up you can work on more.
I played from 8 to 20 so if you need help let me know.

I prefer coaching baseball but love soccer.

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[quote name='pstall' timestamp='1362079307' post='2147630']
For an 8 yr old its really about dribbling and spacing. Most kids that age crowd around the ball like its a dead body.

Don't sweat technique right now. 10 and up you can work on more.
I played from 8 to 20 so if you need help let me know.

I prefer coaching baseball but love soccer.
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I'm not quite sure what you guys mean by spacing. Are you talking about between the wings and center or are you referring to his position as an individual with the ball versus a defender?

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Spacing is more important when you don't have the ball. If your team has the ball, find a big bit of space between the oppositions midfield and defence (assuming your son is a forward/midfielder) and standing there, makes him an easy target to pass to and he has loads of time to make a decision once he gets the ball. If he's a defender then preventing this space from appearing is the best way to defend (at his level). The only way to improve spacing is to play/watch loads of soccer, once you get a feel for the game you get a better idea of where to stand.

Soccer is like football, learn the fundamentals, get good at them then increase the speed you are doing them at.

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Ok, now I understand what you mean.

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Spacing only important if your teammates are capable of passing the ball.

He's only 8, just teach him to kick it hard and somewhat accurately. Thats all kids want to do at that age anyways, just make sure he has good form when he kicks it (should be like an NFL kicker)

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One of the first bits of technique I ever learned that still sticks with me is to strike to ball cleanly, lean slightly over the ball as you're hitting it, with your standing foot a couple of inches to the side of the ball pointing where you want to hit it. If you line up like that and strike the through the ball with your laces you will hit a decent shot. This keeps your shots low, powerful and relatively accurate. Obviously the more practice the better you get.

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