This is one thing you never hear soccer coaches talking about: mechanics! ‘Mechanics’ is what we do at GFT! Teach players the proper form in how to shoot, pass, trap & dribble. As a trainer or coach you can’t not help players with body mechanics. The most important out of all of these is ball striking (Passing & Shooting) because if the mechanics are wrong then so is the player’s shot 🙂 Dribbling doesn’t have to be as important when talking about mechanics because I’ve seen some ugly mechanics with players I played with but they could keep the ball so it didn’t really matter. We don’t all have to look perfect when dribbling but your form does matter with ball striking.
Why soccer mechanics are so important [& why kids don’t even know what they are]
When I ask our new players about soccer mechanics they don’t know what that is & I know most parents are not 100% clear. Some of the brave kids say things like “mechanics are skills” or some even say “the guy who fixes cars” which makes me smile every time.The most important mechanic in soccer is ball striking (passing & shooting). Click To Tweet
Mechanics is the term I use to describe an individual’s form in how their body is able to properly perform soccer movements while running, passing, shooting, trapping or dribbling.
5 Examples of Soccer mechanics:
1) Shooting with laces: the toes need to be down & depending on if you want the ball high or low depends on if you lean over the ball or lean back.
2) Passing inside of foot (push pass): the toes should be up.
3) Trapping a ball while opening up your body: your toes should be up as you collect the ball.
4) Dribbling you should stay low bending your knees, so you can change direction easier.
5) Volley a shot while facing the goal your follow through (leg) should not be too high & your toes should stay down as you strike so the ball doesn’t get hit over the goal.
I could go on and on, especially with ball striking. Whether you are striking with the inside, laces, outside laces, stationary, running up towards the target or dribbling down field while having to cross the ball in. Your toe could be up or down, toes pointed in, leaning back or forward, getting both feet off the ground, keeping hips & shoulders at the target or letting your body be forced the wrong way by your swing.
If you want the answer I recommend you buy the online ball striking course which is cheaper than buying private individual lessons with me. The good thing about the course is its forever, not just 2 hours of in-person training. You can watch the video or read the literature anytime you want. Even for the players who do Private lessons, they often forget the exact part of the ball or foot to connect.
How to Improve
Use a wall to bounce the ball off of & work on your soccer mechanics. You can use the wall for balls on ground or in the air. With technology now days you can even set up your phone to record you so that you can see what you look like. This way you can correct your mechanics over time. Note: Try this with slower movement to teach your muscles the proper form, and as you get better speed it up which might make it look bad at 1st but you will adjust & correct.