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Freestyle Soccer : Is Performing Soccer Tricks Worthwhile in a Football Match?
This question raised curiosity because people are still
confused with it. Freestyler's ability to perform various
combination of complex sequences of juggling and dribbling
(ground) techniques makes them exciting to watch whether on
the streets or through media such as internet. Nike launched
freestyle campaign in the early 21st century through
advertising and promoting competitions throughout the world
enabling people to see the likes of Ronaldinho, Edgar
Davids, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Francessco Totti, Ronaldo and
others. But can freestyle football become practical to the
"real" football game ?
Freestyle Football Benefits
Juggling and dribbling techniques is the process to improve
coordination, balancing and ball control. Mastering a
complex set of juggling trick requires time, dedication and
patience to become an exciting freestyler. Freestyle
football allows individual to express their creativity on
inventing new soccer tricks either on juggling or dribbling
There are many dribbling tricks like the step-over that can
be learned and practise. Each trick has different levels of
difficulty varying from beginners to advance. Choosing and
performing the right trick during a football match can be a
crucial strategy. Applying these tricks require good timing
and execution. Execute it perfectly and you'll gain valuable
seconds or create space for your teammates in tight
situations. But make a mistake and you'll allow your
opposition to crawl back to their positions or you'll lose
the ball thus allowing them to hit on a counter attack.
Top professional football players such as Zinedine Zidane,
Ronaldinho and Ronaldo may have many tricks in the bag. But
they only master or specialize one trick in a match known as
their "trademark" trick like the famous 360-roulette, flip-
flap and dummy are there to be seen.
The Downside of Freestyle Football
Freestyle footballer has tremendous technical ability
especially ball control but may lack in other attributes
that are required during a football match.
Attributes are spread into three categories:
Many leagues especially in Europe require football players
to meet the in-game physical demand such as stamina,
strength, balance, agility, pace, speed, acceleration and
Aggression, anticipation, bravery, creativity, decision
making, determination, flair, influence, off the ball,
positioning, team work and work rate
Ball control (technique), crossing, dribbling, finishing
(shooting), heading, long shots, long throws, marking,
passing, taking penalties, set pieces (free kicks, corner
kicks, throw-ins) and tackling
Of course when you're involved in a football training or
match, some coaches may discourage you from doing tricks on
the pitch. Instead they focus on other factors like team
spirit, team movement and tactical battle which in my
opinion necessary to win a match.
Is All About Playing "Beautiful" Football
But who wouldn't want to see top football players displaying
their brilliance on the pitch. The "beautiful game" is more
about football teams winning with style rather than
scrapping for victories. After all, the modern game is more
about entertaining the football fans than just winning at
all cost. Sadly, some teams still adopt this unhealthy
mindset. Never-the-less, being able to pull-off a trick and
out-manouvering your opponent is the best feeling in the
world. Finally, let's raised the "beautiful game" to another
I would leave this article with a quote to ponder on:
"Ronaldinho is technically very good, but also very
strong physically. He was against three players and I
stop him. After that goal everything ended for us"
About the Author: Author Bio: Heikal Suhaili is a life-long football fanatic. He has played in many amateur football tournaments in Malaysia and in the UK. He represents the University of Manchester Football Club and played as a right-back. Also interested in freestyle soccer and soccer tricks. Provide informations on freestyle football, soccer tricks, articles and other freestyle soccer tricks at http://www.soccer-tricks.blogspot.com.