back to soccer skills

Section 1

Part 4 - Coordination and Movement


(Start this segment with a couple of scenes of people doing various movements with and without the ball)

Coach: "Ok so now we've got a grasp of how to use our legs to their maximum potential, let's now see what's going on with the rest of the body.
Firstly, always make sure your feet are no less that shoulder width apart with one slightly in front of the other. Any closer and your knees will start getting in each other's way when you start running, turning and handling the ball.
Secondly, be sure to never lock you knees all the way straight. This position although easy on the leg muscles is bad for knee joints and will slow your reaction time. A small bend in the knees is all that's needed. Just enough to give yourself a little spring in your stance.
Third, while keeping your back straight bring your head and upper torso forward so that your eyes are looking down on a point 12-24 inches ahead of your toes. The distance depends on your height. Find a position that feels comfortable and it should be right.
Finally, stretch your arms slightly out to the sides for balance."
(change perspective for each position to best illustrate what the coach is describing)

Coach: "What we have here is the general 'ready position' for soccer. In this position I have a low center of gravity and I have lots of leverage; this allows me to move in any direction instantly because I don't have to shift my weight. Let's say I were standing upright, in order to move forward I would first have to wait for my torso to lower otherwise I would fall over backwards. Because my legs are out wide, I can easily move side to side and because they are slightly staggered, I can move forward or backward just as easily. Things like how far you're leaning over and how much bend in your knees will change to suit your situation in the game, but it will always be based on this stance.
(do this whole scene with a full body shot of the coach. Have the coach standing in the 'ready position' and moving or motioning in each direction that they mention to best show the motion)