You’re going into the world of football?
Football is played all over the world in clubs and for leisure. But to start out well, you have to learn the basics.Learning to make a headerDepending on the game situation, this technique can be used to clear the ball, pass to a teammate or score. The head consists of touching the ball with the skull, ideally the forehead.To give power to the strike, bend your legs, tilt your chest from back to front and contract your abdominals. At the end of this rocking movement, move your neck forward. Next, the skull striking area: hit the ball with the upper part of your forehead. This part fits the shape of the ball perfectly while also being the most bony (least painful).To be as precise as possible in your placement, make adjustment steps. When you make a head, do not close your eyes, keep them open to better aim.Learning to make a short passThe short pass is a pass that is always delivered at ground level, to facilitate the control of the teammate who will receive the ball.The supporting foot is the foot that does not hit the ball. Place it at the level of the ball, about 20 cm to the left if you are right-handed. The supporting foot should be directed towards the target.It is also important to have your shoulders facing the target.Hit the ball with the flat of your foot, i.e. the inside of your foot.To do this, open your foot and hit the ball by aiming at its central part.Finally, bend the supporting leg back and forth and the hitting leg sideways. This allows for better stability and fluidity of movement.Learning how to make a long passThis pass allows you to pass the ball to a teammate far away from you. It is made high up in order to make the interception of the opponent more complicated.If you are right-handed, place your foot 20 cm to the left of the ball. Hit the lower part of the ball that is in contact with the ground with the upper part of the inside of the foot. When shooting, keep the leg hitting the ball stretched out to give it power.At the moment of striking, we invite you to extend your arm on the opposite side of the shooting foot, this will be useful to keep your balance.Learning to do a ball driveGood ball handling is very important in football because it allows you to move around while keeping control of the ball. Good ball handling consists of keeping the ball close to either allowing frequent changes of pace and direction.Take small steps by directing the ball with your strong foot (most comfortable for hitting).It is advisable to pack your bag the day before a match or practice. What to put in your bag?Cleats: a mustThey make the right striker, the right defender and the right thrower. They protect players from injuries, increase their stamina and improve their performance. Spikes are the most important piece of equipment in a football player’s arsenal. If you don’t have them yet and are just starting out in football, second-hand cleats are ideal and will save you money.Dress code: jersey, shorts, socks, goalkeeper’s gloves…Football players are different from other sportsmen and women in terms of their clothing: jerseys and shorts, preferably wide and light, which will not hinder your movements so that you are comfortable. As for socks, choose the ones that are high enough so that they can properly support your shin guards, and always have an extra pair. For the goalie, gloves that will fit your hands perfectly should do the trick. This will not only give you a better touch of the ball but also and most importantly, Shin guards are mandatoryIn principle compulsory during official matches, the shin guard, as its name suggests, is a rectangular plate to protect the shin from direct shocks between players. Much more than a plastic shield, the shin guard is undeniably an indispensable part of the football bag.Ankle pegs for added safetyA false step, a bad swing or excessive rotation often leads to ligament damage. An ankle brace will prevent ankle injuries by holding the ankle in place. The plus? Slip the ankle brace under your socks to increase the stability of the ankle joint. You should also know that there are ankle supports integrated into shin guards that are easier to put on.Think of the water bottleBoth strong and light, the bottle must be shock-resistant and not easily pierced. It must be able to follow you on all your “footie” travels for at least one season. The advantages: the bottle can hold any type of drink and is easy to clean.Think of the gourdBoth strong and light, the bottle must be shock-resistant and not easily pierced. It must be able to follow you on all your “footie” travels for at least one season. The advantages: the bottle can hold any type of drink and is easy to clean.