How to Dribble Like Messi – Online Soccer Academy

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Does Messi do lots of fancy tricks? No!

What makes Messi so special with his dribbling? In my opinion it’s because he can change pace so well. He’s also really smart, but his change of pace is something special.

He slows the game down, gets defenders to relax a second, then takes off!

Key Points:
1. Change pace! The most important thing to do after any attacking move is to change pace! Go from slow to fast! If I drive 100 miles per hour and you drive 100 miles per hour can you keep up with me? Yes, you can. If I drive 50 miles per hour and you drive 50 and then I speed up to 100 can you catch me? Yes, eventually maybe but for a few seconds I will be ahead of you. In that few seconds of you changing pace, that is when the magic happens!

2. Slow the game down! Don’t dribble crazy fast all the time. Dribble at a defender slower, then accelerate past them when it’s time to make your move.

3. Take a defender left, then go right. Sounds easy but it’s not easy to make it look easy.

4. Take a bigger touch past a defender’s reach. When you take that touch to explode past the defender make sure the ball is far enough past the defender’s reach. This does two things. One it allows you to accelerate faster because you can run faster without the ball then with it. Second if the defender reacts and sticks their leg out they won’t get lucky and win the ball, rather they will foul you if they hit you.

5. Wait for the defender to try and win it! This is more advanced but study that defender. As soon as they step into win it is when you take your touch past them. You have to think really quickly in order to pull this off.

Equipment Needed: Ball and a three cones.

Exercise Player Can Do:
Set up your cones in different scenarios. Dribble at the defender cone, then accelerate past the cone and finish at end cone 10 yards away. Work on going from slow to fast, from right to left and left to right.

What Player Could Be Doing Wrong:
If you are getting the ball stolen from you a lot then you are taking to small of a touch past the defender. Take a bigger touch so you can run faster and blow past that defender.

Do the move earlier too, don’t wait until you are right on top of the defender.

Bonus Tip!
For tips on proper dribbling technique watch my Online Soccer Academy video tilted “How to Dribble a Soccer Ball”.

Have fun dribbling like Messi and be confident out there!

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সোনাজুর বাজার says:

Love u from bangladesh!!

PhotographyJo- Taj Alami says:

If he could say football instead of soccer, the video will be 90% better

Traski Traskola says:

I’m so glad I found this channel. Jared is good:)

Aujla 's says:

Well… I can run at about 32-35km/h by keeping the ball under 1 feet of my contact and change direction ,pace any time but here in India there are no scouts for us to promote our game :'( please help if somebody could….

MrSilentluigi800 says:

How do u do the cut where u go 90 degrees so fluidly?

katana blade says:

"How to dribble like messi?" Dribble better than messi that's much more efficient

Ryan Valles says:

He is too good he tells things exactly

Ruchil Patel says:

Can u make a video on how to perform a rainbow

Adnan Sana says:

Sir I tried my best but my feet is still week
Some soulution.please.

JenPerds MonLapin says:

Great videos man. I like how you give a lot of practical advice, its not only technique, you give insight on how those things apply on the pitch. Keep it up!

laith ahmad says:

realy good at teaching but instead of dribbling like messi dribble like your self and make your own name

Daniel Guerrero Medina says:

nobody could dribble like Messi but this guy is good at explaining how to dribble like messi

Wali Khan says:

Thanks for the video it helps a lot

Abdessalam Sy says:

the points are right , but impossible to DO them like him !!!!

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Team Goluremi anyone??

Gorgi Najdoski says:

if you know how to play like messi, why arent you the best player

DramaticShockGamer says:

I'm 11 and started football when I was 5 do I have a chance of becoming a pro

Luis Fuenmayor says:

Thanks I inputting my best

Lil Krisero says:

this helped me a lot

xXMalikPlaysXx says:

thumbs up and u got a new subscriber! :p

Nick says:

anyone here after Will John's video?

R o s e says:

I LOVE MESSI!!!! He is the best, the humblest, the truest and the most generous

PyroPlaysCTF says:

I'm at a young age and doing really well, however I am suffering when it comes to studying when the defender tries to win it… any tips?

sanyok30 says:

Looking forward to your video about how to fake injuries and cry like Ronaldo. 🙂

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