Observations made in the 1980s showed that, in a 90-minute male professional soccer game, the ball was actually in play for approximately 76 minutes. Accordingly, on average, each of the 22 players was individually in possession of the ball for less than three and one-half minutes. Because time with the ball is so short, players must have excellent skills in order to make their touches count. This section contains introductions to the various skills associated with soccer.
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