I’ve been trying to improve my soccer game over the past several months. In addition to playing in a handful of pickup games every week, I’ve been working on my individual skills in a field with training cones, or kicking against a wall. Specifically, I’ve been working on dribbling and ball skills like stepovers, scissors, cutbacks, fake kicks, sole drags, etc.
Problem is, when I try to execute any of these moves in a game situation under pressure it never works out. Kind of hard to explain how it doesn’t work out, but you probably get my meaning.
Any suggestions? I know that saying calm and relaxed is a big one. I am at the point now where I can receive the ball and then stop for a sec to look up and assess the situation instead of panicking. Still, when it comes to using a move to beat defenders I just can’t see how it all fits together.