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14 Dec 2015


The importance of diversity in soccer skills is evident. There is no chronological order as to what skill should be learned first, which should be second, and so on. However, some skills are a must-have for every player and you, as a soccer mentor, will probably want to coach them first.


These are:

  • Skills for holding the ball (receiving, shielding);
  • Skills for stealing the ball (interception, defense);
  • Take-on skills (attacking).


Defensive skills (which won’t be discussed in this post) come as innate to most kids. Even though nobody taught them the same, defenders simply either have this talent or they don't. The other two skill sets call for guidance to accomplish (even with minimum expertise), which means that there is...