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Soccer, bloody soccer

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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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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.

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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