I watch a ton of soccer around the Daily Soccer Skills headquarters. In doing so, I’ve picked up on some fundamental differences I wanted to share with you.
People always talk about the amazing soccer rhythm and flare of the South American Soccer Players. The truth is, these guys grow up playing street soccer, which is what we call futsal. One of the major differences in the futsal game is the use of the bottom of the foot. What often happens in other countries is players play futsal until they are 10 or 12 years old. Then the ones who show the skills for outdoor, go and play full size 11v11 and the others can continue to play the 5v5 street soccer/futsal game.
I will email you one video a day, starting right now, for the next 5 days. You will get a group of exercises working on first touch, ball mastery, speed and agility, shooting and finishing, as well as passing and receiving.
From there I will send you roughly one new skill video a week. Check it out.
Players like Falcao, Ronaldihno, and Neymar all grew up playing futsal and using the sole of their foot. As you watch these players, you start to see their soccer rhythm show up, the same way a dancer, a guitar player, a basketball player with a great crossover has their own unique skill sets.
So as you watch your Premier League games or La Liga games, look for the difference between an English grown footballer and a South American Footballer. You can tell most by how they receive passes on the ground.
The English will use either the inside or outside of the foot. The South Americans, almost always are using their sole. This allows for immediate control of the ball but it is also extremely unpredictable, meaning the player in possession of the ball has so many options.
I hope you enjoy this video. It is a great little warm-up/skill building exercise that works on receiving and distributing with the sole of the foot. There is also a communication and rhythm building component to the training where players perform the skill and then have to distribute the ball once the other partner is ready. If one player is going fast and one slow, it doesn’t work. Both players have to sync up. This makes for a pretty fun warm-up.
Get out there and train.