The first thing to note when you want to improve your soccer skills is that the biggest way you are going to get better is by playing regularly and practicing. It’s important to sharpen your abilities and keep the techniques and skills you learn fresh in your mind. Find a local team to join, make time every day (an hour at least dedicated to practicing) to play either with a group or on the field alone. You should be using your skills as much as possible as well as growing and learning new techniques.
Before you can take on bigger moves you need to be in the right shape. Exercising regularly outside of practice will only improve your endurance and stamina on the field. You’re not going to be on top of your game if you’re fatigued or strained. High intensity interval training, aerobics, and cardio are important areas to work in. You want to be building lean muscle and keeping your heart rate up and working so that you are trained for the game.
We cannot stress enough that stamina and endurance are huge in the game. You need to be able to move fast for long periods of time without losing energy or power. It is important to have an elevated heart rate for 45 minutes at least every day so that your body stays used to being in that much constant motion. Begin at 45 minutes daily and increase this until you are able to run for very long periods keeping your heart rate high. Your relationship to your body as capable and focused will keep you motivated and effective when you play! Train every day and keep your body happy and healthy.
Training also includes hand eye coordination. You want to stay sharp mentally so that you can navigate around your competitors without losing focus and control of your feet and the ball. Any practice daily to work your coordination is going to help improve your overall performance on game day. Practicing your maneuvering and footwork techniques qualify as a way to train your eyes as long as you are taking time for this daily. Whatever time you commit to bettering any new abilities will show up as achievements while you play.
Learning the techniques will definitely help you when you’re in the game. Watch other players regularly. Learn from your opponents who are better than you. When you watch professional soccer games ask yourself the questions of, “What can I take away from this and use in my playing style?” and “What does that player effectively do that I can try for myself?” Research particular moves and learn how to do them yourself from whatever level you are at. If you choose to join a community league or to practice regularly with a group, you may also find access to personal coaching from a trainer there. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn wherever you can to improve on even the most minor details!
Good luck on your next game!