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Ways to Improve at Soccer

Soccer is becoming a lot more popular in the United States. Around the world, it is already the most popular sport, with 3+ billion fans worldwide. However, in the United States, soccer as not always enjoyed the popularity it does in the rest of the world.

And yet, in recent years, it has become a lot more popular. In fact, in the past year-or-so, soccer overtook hockey as the fourth most popular sport in the country, behind only baseball, basketball, and football.

So, this begs the question, why are Americans suddenly growing an interest in soccer?

Popularity of Football

The first reason is simple.

A lot more Americans are discovering that soccer is not as boring as they’ve been led to believe. While there isn’t a lot of scoring, the playmaking in soccer is quite complex and makes for an interesting watch.

So, naturally, a lot of people will be interested.

A second reason might be that many adults today grew up playing soccer. In the early 2000s, soccer became one of the most popular sports played in schools, by grade school children. So, it isn’t a surprise to see people becoming more interested.

Lastly, sports betting is becoming a lot more popular in general.

If we were to take a look at www.betstation.com, we would see that soccer is the undeniable most popular sport to bet on. So, it could just be that American bettors are trying to get a slice of the pie.

Whatever the case may be, soccer betting is becoming a lot more popular in the country. So, let us list a few tips on how to improve your soccer game.

Daily Exercise

The first thing you must do is exercise daily. Soccer involves a lot of running, so a good tactic would be to take the time to run or jog for at least 30 – 40 minutes daily. After you’ve done so, try out some muscle stretching exercise to improve your flexibility and circulation. Taking the time to do these exercises daily will result in a huge improvement, not just in your game, but also in your health and fitness.

Strength Workouts

But don’t stop at simple exercises. Professional soccer players all have a strict regimen of strength-improving workouts. Now, we understand that not anyone has the means to attend a gym. But, the best part about these workouts is that many of them don’t require any gym machinery. Squats, push-ups, sit- ups, and similar exercises can all be done at home, without any props. And all of them are an excellent way to improve your game.

Study Games

Lastly, an excellent way to improve your game is by watching and analyzing the professionals. All of the  top footballers today spend a good portion of their time watching the opposing team play, analyzing their game, and thinking up strategies to counter them. This tactic  is not exclusive to football. All athletes study the competition, and attempt to either replicate or counter their strategy. You can’t
improve your own game, if you don’t understand how others play.

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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