Soccer is just like any other sport when it comes to the basics. You need a foundation of dedication, determination and lots of practice. But it also takes skill, so here are some tricks for you to master. Read up on ways to become a better player and then take to the field and show what you have learned.

Communication is very important on the soccer field. Using short words or phrases, like “turn,” can help you and your teammates play a more cohesive game. In particular, being verbal as the pace of the game picks up can really help you to “play smarter” and eventually win the game.

Always keep your eyes open. If you are fortunate enough to get the ball, pass it to the person that you think can advance toward the goal, even if that is not you. Be selfless in order to help your team win. However, in order to follow this piece of advice, you have to be vigilant and know what is happening on the field at all times.

Passing the ball in one direction for several plays in a row will establish a pattern. The opposing team will recognize what you are doing and be ready for your movement. You can surprise the team and go the other direction.

Soccer is a team sport so it is important to cooperate with your team to work as one unit, instead of single players. If someone is open, pass the ball. Trying to do it all can end up hurting your team, and essentially losing the game. Working together as a team is the best way to win games.

Talk with your teammates during a game. Nothing is worse than miscommunicating a play to your team that results in the other team getting the ball. If you are concerned that the other team may find out what play you will be using, set up code names for your different plays.

Play soccer with folks who are more experienced than you. You’ll learn much more and quickly improve your game. Ask them the questions you have so you can learn a lot from others. They’ll help you out as they are team players. If you can’t find experienced players, scout local games and inquire whether players want to mentor you.

Even though it may seem that soccer is nowhere near the physical game football is, this is not true at all as it can very physical. Don’t be afraid to run into another player. Just because you get a little physical does not mean you are playing dirty. If you kick someone then you’re playing dirty, but being a little rough doesn’t raise a foul. You will have to get past your fear of being physical. Avoid injury by always wearing protective equipment.

Now you have gained some valuable knowledge on how to become a better soccer player. But just reading about it isn’t enough. You need to put that knowledge into action and start mastering those skills today. So grab your soccer ball and a good buddy and get out there and start practicing today.