Driving a Soccer Ball Key Coaching Points and Drills

Driving a Soccer Ball Key Coaching Points and Drills

By “Driving” the ball we are referring to striking a ball over long distance “On a Rope” – dead straight with no side spin. This needs to be addressed when the player is at the technical developmental age …say 8 – 12 years of age. Obviously the longer and stronger the legs, normally, the further the player shall be able to drive it.

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Driving a Ball

Driving a Ball

One of the issues our coaches must address with our young players is the ability to drive a ball straight with no side spin. Many of our players kick around the ball and hook it. If this is not corrected when the players are young they will be saddled with a very poor kicking technique and will not be able to change the point of attack, effectively, nor will they be able to drive the ball to a center forward or start an effective counter attack.

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