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Are you just kicking off your football training?

Football is played the world over, both at club and recreational level. But to start off on the right foot, you need to learn the basics, and that's where we come in. You'll soon be a champion of headers, passing and ball control.
1. The Essentials For Learning To Play Football

Are you a football fan who wants to get to grips with the rules of this team sport? Don't worry, you've come to the right place!

We'll shine a light on the history of football, the rules of the game, and the basic kit any self-respecting footballer should have.

Football is a mainstream sport that, besides stirring up strong emotions, brings real benefits to both individuals and teams. Read on to find out more.
2. Learning The Basics Of Football In Stages

There are dozens of technical skills in football, from scoring a goal to doing a header, passing well to your teammate, dribbling, controlling the ball, doing throw-ins, defending, and more. So here's a quick overview:
Learning To Do A Header

Depending on the situation in the game, this technique can be used to clear the ball, pass to a teammate or score a goal. A header involves touching the ball with your head (ideally your forehead).

To give it more power, bend your legs, swing your chest backwards and then push it forward by tensing your abs. As you finish this swinging movement, push your neck forwards too. As for where to hit it, try to position the ball on your forehead. It's just the right shape for the job as well as being the boniest, and therefore least painful, part of your head. For pinpoint accuracy in your positioning, take a few steps to get yourself in just the right place. When you do a header, don't close your eyes: keep them open for better aim.

Learning To Do A Short Pass

A short pass is one that rolls along the ground to make it easier for the teammate receiving the ball to control.

You stand on one foot and use the other to kick the ball. Place the foot you're standing on level with the ball, around 20 cm to the left if you're right-handed. It should be facing your target.

It's also important that your shoulders are facing your target.

Kick the ball with the flat of your foot, in other words, the inside.

To do so, turn your foot out and aim to kick the ball with the central part.

Bend the leg you're standing on and turn your other leg side-on. This will give you better stability and a more fluid movement.

Learning To Do A Long Pass

This pass lets you send the ball to a teammate who is far away from you. The ball should go up into the air so that opponents cannot intercept it so easily.

Position the foot you're standing on 20 cm to the left of the ball if you're right-handed. Kick the bottom part of the ball close to where it's touching the ground using the top of the inside of your foot. Make sure you keep this leg straight to give the ball more power. When you kick the ball, extend the opposite arm to your kicking foot as this will help you keep your balance.

Learning To Control The Ball

Good ball control is very important in football because it allows you to move around without losing the ball. Ball control involves keeping the ball close to you so that you can frequently change the pace and direction.

Take small steps and guide the ball using your stronger foot (whichever feels most comfortable kicking).

3. The Rules Of Football

For those of you who'd rather play a match than juggle, here are the basic rules.

Matches are 11-a-side, with 10 field players who cannot use their hands, and 1 goalkeeper who is allowed to catch the ball inside the penalty area.

You must always tackle the ball, not your opponent.

Games are split into two 45-minute halves and the winner is whoever scores more goals than their opponent in the given time. To score, you have to send the ball into your opponent's goal.

The offside rule is what spices things up: you cannot be closer to the goal than the last field defender when receiving the ball from your partner.