Fine tune your skills

Sometimes, amid the dietary advice, fitness training and tactical fine-tuning that goes with improving your football – all of which we strongly advise you do – it’s easy to lose sight of the real basics.


Performance guru Steve Black believes that footballers need to take a lesson from other sports, like golf, where a player will drill the same shot relentlessly, and dedicate themselves to honing our close ball trickery.


Get the fundamentals right in training, through repetition and concentration, and you’ll reap the rewards when it comes to game time.


Click on the video to watch Steve explain why becoming a master of control and skills doesn’t mean you’re a circus act…

For more football tips see:
Master technique: Speed with the ball
Master technique: Running and passing at speed
Master technique: 1 v 1 change of direction
Master technique: 1 v 1 feints
Master technique: 1 v 1 competition
Master technique: First touch and finishing
Master technique: Pass and move combinations
Master technique: Ball mastery part one
Master technique: Ball mastery part two

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Joe Brewin

Joe was the Deputy Editor at FourFourTwo until 2022, having risen through the FFT academy and been on the brand since 2013 in various capacities. 

By weekend and frustrating midweek night he is a Leicester City fan, and in 2020 co-wrote the autobiography of former Foxes winger Matt Piper – subsequently listed for both the Telegraph and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards.