Top 5: Practices to improve your street football skills
Daniel Cappellaro is a street footballer, professional footballer and coach specialising in technical skills, 1v1 moves and football tricks. He currently plays for Middlesbrough Futsal Club in the FA National Futsal League in England. He has previously represented Cambio Cumbre Futsal Club in the SFL, the AFA Australian Men's team, Western Australia at the FFA Nationals, the State Futsal League 'SFL 5' at the FAFL Cup and Fremantle Muita Calma at various national and state tournaments.The sport of Street Football gave Cappellaro a platform to hone his skills and ready himself for Futsal. It has taken him around the world with trips to play in Holland, Argentina, Spain, the USA and most recently England. Gaining this experience has proven invaluable, as his skills and technical ability were noticed by renowned gaming franchise EA Sports. This led to an in-game likeness of Cappellaro, known as "D10" being created as an unlockable character in the popular video game FIFA STREET.
You can follow Cappellero's career on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @D10football.
1) One vs One games
The ultimate in street football and the best game to try new tricks, find our what works and what doesn't. One vs One is a great measure of what you can possibly achieve in a match, and all you need is a friend, a ball and a place to play! The better you become at your One vs One battles, the better you will react in pressure situations, or the times where you find yourself isolated in a match and without passing options. Be creative!
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2) Ball juggling (keepy-uppys)
There is no better way, in my opinion, to improve your first touch. First touch is everything in street football and futsal as you're playing in such tight spaces. You need to be able to maximise the time spent with the ball and make decisions as to what you will do next once you have received it. You will be able to give yourself this time with a good first touch. It's surprising how much you'll be able to do once you gain a mastery of the ball and are able to will it in any direction with the deftest of touches.
Groundmoves as they're known in the street football world are a great way to learn tricks subconsciously, under moderate pressure. Groundmoves are combinations of moves thrown together, that can often make the 'trickster' appear as though they're dancing with the ball. In reality, you won't use a 5 or 6 trick combo in a match. However, it is possible that you will use two or even three tricks to throw your defender and if you've been doing combinations of tricks then you will find it much easier to pull of these small spectacular combo's when faced with good defensive pressure. The moderate pressure when practicing alone comes from thinking ahead and gaining the ability to continually move the ball, whilst not focusing on the trick that is currently being performed.
4) Football Tennis
Just like 'Keepy-Uppy's' and Juggling, Football Tennis is another great way to improve your first touch and the ability to play spectacular passes. Playing Football Tennis will give you the confidence to play small volleys, first time passes off of your chest, knee, shoulder and head. It allows you to develop a touch for the ball that is unpredictable. Ideally, it's great to play with a group of friends or even One vs One over a table, trampoline or bench. However, if you can't find anyone to practice with, a wall is the next best thing!
Finally, you want to put all of the above into practice and their is no better way to hone your skills, use your moves and try the spectacular than in a competitive match. The more matches you play, the better understanding you will develop for the game. Decision making becomes easier and so will the ability to use your skills. A good street footballer plays a lot of matches, and can play on any surface whether it be the road, street, court or grass. Playing on different surfaces will further develop all of your technical attributes.