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These South American teams will clash for a place in the World Cup quarter-final, at the Soccer City Stadium in Jo'burg on Sunday.

Coincidentally, Argentina and Mexico also played each other in a pre-quarter-final game in 2006. Argentina prevailed 2-1, on that occasion, in a match that went into extra time, after a 1-1 stalemate at the end of 90 minutes.

Most big teams have come to grief at some time or other, in this World Cup. Argentina have been an exception. Beginning with a tough 1-0 win over Nigeria, they went on to demolish South Korea, 4-1, with a hattrick by their striker, Higuain. Their last group match against Greece ended 2-0, giving coach Maradona's team a clean slate in group B.

In Higuain, Diego Milito, Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Argentina have an embarrassment of riches in their arsenal, a clue to Maradona's penchant for an all-out attacking game plan. How their defense will stand up to a stronger attack than Argentina have faced in their group matches is a question uppermost in everyone's mind. There is also no evidence as to whether Maradona has a plan B. Such evidence was equally absent in the qualification matches when Argentina struggled against most teams including Peru.

Mexico started their World Cup with a match against under-rated hosts South Africa. They were lucky to draw the match 1-1 against an inspired host team that enjoyed raucous crowd support. Mexico came into their own when they shocked France, 2-0, in their next group match. With 4 points in the bank, Mexico qualified for the round of 16, despite going down 1-0, in their last match against Uruguay.

Carlos Vela and Giovani Dos Santos have lived up to their coach Javier Aguierre's expectations, while Cuauhtémoc Blanco adds the experience quotient to a team that has shown flexibility and fluidity in equal measure on the field.

Maradona has ordained Messi as his successor, as arguably the best player in the world. Messi has had a phenomenal impact in this World Cup already, although he has not scored a goal off his own boot yet. The Mexican defenders must wonder how they can deal with this unstoppable player. Higuain owes his hattrick against South Korea in large part to Messi's wizardy. Argentina'sfuture tenancy at this World Cup is inextricably linked with Messi's performance.

Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos has grown in stature in South Africa. His team owe their shock win over France to Dos Santos. Either of Argentina's defenders, Gabriel heinze or Jonas Gutierez is going to be older and wiser after his encounter with this young player, depending on whether Mexico coach Aguirre uses him on the left wing or the right.

For Argentina, Clemente Rodriguez may find himself in the starting eleven following his showing against Greece. Mascherano and Veron will offer midfield protection to the back four. Angel Di Maria is likely to get a favorite flanking position. Higuain can expect attacking support from Tevez and Messi.

An impressive quality of the Mexico squad at this World Cup has been the ability to soak up pressure in defense, and the ability to change gear when an attack opportunity presents itself.

Rafael Marquez will be in midfield with the back in his rear. Juarez and Torrado will feed passes to the flanks. Vela, who missed the last match owed to a niggling injury, is likely to replace Blanco in the spearhead to give defender Walter Samuel a run for his aging money.

Argentina's booming cannons in front should help them prevail in a match that promises to be open, hard enough and exciting.

An argument could be made that the United States has produced the best male athletes the sports world has ever seen. From Michael Jordan to Michael Phelps and Tiger Woods to Muhammad Ali, the U.S. has produced top athletes in almost every sport that has ever been played. There seems to be just one sport that Americans have never been able to dominate: the biggest sport in the world, soccer. In the men’s category, the US has won a gold medal or world championship competition for every major sport including basketball, hockey, baseball, tennis, golf, swimming, boxing, gymnastics among others and they have dominated the Olympic medal count in almost every edition of the Olympics. Apart from all of this, the biggest and most important sports leagues in the world are in the US including the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and PGA Tour.

It may seem odd that a country with such a culture of sports has never succeeded in the most popular sport in the world. A big part of the American population argues that soccer is a boring sport because of the low amount of goals scored in games when compared to any other major sport. The truth is that since the 1994 world cup, which was hosted in American soil for the first time, and the creation of the Major League Soccer in 1993 soccer has been growing in a very big way. The US soccer federation seemed to be on the right track to make soccer a major sport. More and more kids across the country started to play the sport and it is now starting to become part of the American culture, teams were investing large amounts of money in building their stadiums and developing players, and they also invested in developing future talents in every teams youth academy.

So what is the problem? The problem is that soccer is not a sport for just any kind of athlete. When talking about how good a player is in American culture, the experts like to talk about how high the player is, or how tall he is, how strong he is and how fast he can be. These are all categories that can certainly predict how good of an athlete a person can be in any major contact sport like basketball or football and so-called experts in US soccer have tried to use these categories to identify future prospects, the biggest mistake they can make. In the MLS combine held every year, potential MLS players are put through a set of tests that are supposed to showcase their ability. There is a Speed test consisting of a 30-meter dash, an Agility test where their times on a 5-10-5 shuffle are measured and then a Power test that includes a measurement of their vertical jump. What people need to understand is that these tests can mount up to mean absolutely nothing at all. Soccer is an art of its own and it can’t be reduced to these four categories. There is so much more to soccer than what these four number tests try to show. One of the best players of this generation, Andrea Pirlo, would probably be on the bottom of the table in all three of these categories. Pirlo is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds, he was never fast, never jumped high and was not the most agile player but he was an artist with the ball and possessed the highest level of talent one can find. The same could be said about Lionel Messi, arguably the best soccer player ever to play the game.

Although Messi is indeed very quick and agile, he is measured at 5 feet 7 inches and he got there thanks to a growth hormone treatment that was supplied to him by FC Barcelona in order for him to be able to grow. When Messi was fifteen years old he was measured at just under 5 feet 4 inches and weighed 136 pounds. It is sad but true that if Leo Messi would have been born and developed in the US, he would have probably never made it to anything because no team in America would have given him a chance. Scouts and coaches in the youth systems across the country need to focus more on attracting raw talent to develop it rather than tall, strong and fast athletes into their academies if they want to change the narrative and become a leader in the only sport they have not been able to conquer.

In any sport, a foul is a violation of that sport’s code of conduct, and each sport punishes foul play in its own unique way. Soccer defines a foul as an unfair action a player commits against an opposing player or the opposing team during the course of a match. The punishment varies depending upon the nature of the infraction, but will be either a direct or indirect free kick. To be a foul, the act must occur on the field, while the ball is in play. Otherwise, it may constitute a misconduct, and may even warrant a caution or send-off, but it will not be a foul.

For some minor infractions the punishment is an indirect kick. This means that at least two players must touch the ball before the kicking team can score. These fouls are often called “technical fouls” because most are not the direct result of foul play, but are violations of some procedural rules designed to keep play flowing or prevent more serious fouls from happening. One such “technical foul” is the offense of impeding an opponent–commonly known as “obstructing.”

Impeding an opponent

Soccer players often get in each other’s way during the normal run of play. Sometimes, though, players will intentionally block their opponents from running after the ball or moving into tactically important space on the field. The offense of “impeding an opponent” involves the deliberate use of the body to interfere with the other player’s movement in order to delay his progress, and is punished with an indirect kick. This foul often occurs when a player senses that a speeding opponent will beat him to the ball, or anticipates a potentially troublesome pass into open space. By stepping in front of the opponent and blocking his progress, the player hopes to slow his opponent down so that a teammate can collect the ball. If this action causes more than incidental physical contact with the blocked player, it may constitute a “charging” or “holding” foul, rather than “impeding.”

A player within “playing distance” of the ball may legally block his opponent’s pathway to it without being guilty of a foul. This is known as “shielding,” and involves the use of the body to keep possession. Playing distance will vary depending on the speed of the players and the ball, and ultimately rests with the referee’s judgment, but the shielding player does not actually have to touch the ball to shield it legally from the other side. Shepherding the ball out of bounds or towards the keeper is a recognized and quite legitimate tactic, as long as the player guarding the ball stays within playing distance.

It’s no big secret that exercise should be a top priority for children of all ages, especially given the fact that childhood obesity is on the rise. Yet many parents today are reluctant to enroll their children in organized sports because of the fierce competition.

In many cases, parents are likely to take sports competition even more seriously than their kids do. One recent parent brawl at a Little League game was caught on tape in Columbus, Ohio.

The fight started when one parent asked another parent to turn down the loud music they were playing to celebrate a win. Moments later, words were exchanged, fists were flying, and a full-on brawl had ensued. Police were called to the scene to arrest parents that had set a terrible example for their children.

The Pros of Children’s Sports Teams

Beyond peer competition and brutal fights between parents, organized children’s sports provide a long list of benefits that include:

• Regular exercise. Kids on a sports team, like an Austin soccer team, will be able to run, jump, and play with friends. Exercising in a group environment will teach kids to appreciate physical activity at a young age, likely reinforcing the habit for life. Keeping a child active is one key to preventing a sedentary lifestyle that could lead to serious health conditions like type II diabetes, stemming from childhood obesity.

• Learn sportsmanship. When children play an organized sport, they’ll learn to work together as a team to better understand respect and sportsmanship. Even though a soccer team may win a game, kids will be taught to congratulate the losing team and vice versa when the tables are turned.

• Relieve stress. Children that have difficulty coping with day-to-day stress at school or at home can use group sports for much-needed stress relief. Even more importantly, children with a bad home environment can use team sports as an outlet instead of turning to drugs or crime as a result of peer pressure.

The Cons of Children’s Sports Teams

For a fair comparison, it’s important to explore the potential disadvantages of enrolling your child in organized sports, like:

• Too much competition. A young child may not be able to handle the pressure of playing on a highly competitive team, especially if their parents are pushing them into it. If a coach is more focused on winning than on the love of the game, a child may be more susceptible to performance pressure that could stick with them throughout their future career.

• Strain or injury. A child may be too timid to ask for a break if they feel overexerted. Children are also more prone to dehydration and heat stroke caused by exposure to hot weather during a long game. Kids should be encouraged to take breaks regularly and drink water and sports drinks to stay balanced and hydrated in both practices and games.

If you’re on the fence about enrolling your child in organized sports, it’s clear that the good outweighs the bad. When approached with a healthy attitude, a sports team will give your child the opportunity to exercise, spend time with friends, and learn respect for others.

Barring West Indies and England all the other six teams in the ICC Cricket World Cup have won 4 out of the 6 matches they played. The top teams look in fine nick and their victories have been as convincing as their surprise losses.

The two top teams at the group stage – Pakistan and South Africa have reliably easier opponents in the form of West Indies and New Zealand and from the looks of it the two of the four semi-final slots already look booked. Shahid Afridi has been having a wonderful time with the ball and the highest wicket-taker of 2011 CWC would like to usher in a new chapter in Pakistan cricket by emulating the other famous Pathan Imran Khan's 1992 campaign.

South Africans have always been favorites and chokers who just lose the plot midway and needless to say they have the required will, determination and the talent to end their drought. The other four have their task cut-out: play like you have never played before!

Like every major tournament it plays, India, this time around as well, almost went crazy calculating the odds, the net run-rate and all sorts of statistics as it padded up for the last league match against the West Indies. With India the 'what if' factor sees to be more at play more than anything else. After watching the team play the way they did in the league stage the think tank does not seem to worry about the obvious weaknesses like lackluster bowling and sudden batting collapses. Or could it be that the ones looking at the game from the outside are making too much of it?

While England does not look as domineering as Sri Lanka at the first glance, this English side, however, has the tenacity to cling on. Like in the match against India that ended in a tie the English side displayed it's will to chase down huge totals and it's no surprise that two Englishmen – Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss – feature in the top three batsmen of this World Cup.

Sri Lanka on the other hand features the top batsmen of the tournament in the form of Kumar Sangakkara; they are also the team with the best run rate (+2.5) from their six matches. This is the closest the English team has ever come to a possible chance of winning the World Cup and they will not give up so easily but with home advantage Sri Lanka might want a repeat of 1996.

India could have done with a date with New Zealand instead of its neighbor Australia. A pale shadow of what they used to be, Australia has won the last three world cups on a trot and can not be taken lightly. Ricky Ponting has not had the best of the World Cup but he might just find his nick in good time. On paper India looks a better side but off late the host nation has been just about managing to snatch a victory. It's a good thing that the Indian bowling looks as aimless as the Aussie top order; just think what'd have happened on 24th March if Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer were still playing! Brett Lee troubled Pakistan in their last league match and even though the Aussie lost, Lee impressed with some really tight bowling.

India will once again have to depend on their fabled batting line-up and with Virender Sehwag fit for the match, Ashwin impressing against the West Indies the team will have either Suresh Raina or Yusuf Pathan. Also as they square-off with Australia, Ricky Ponting might just put a brake on India's 12th man weapon.

At this stage it's just the result that will decide the course of the action. With no more calculations and combination-permutation of who'd play what if they lost to them, etc. the plan should be very clear – play to win!

23rd March: Pakistan v West Indies, Dhaka:
24th March: India v Australia, Ahmedabad
25th March: New Zealand vs South Africa, Dhaka
26th March: Sri Lanka vs England, Colombo

Steve Prefontaine was born January 25, 1951 in the small town of Coos Bay, Oregon. His father Raymond, was a carpenter and his mother Elfriede was a seamstress from Germany. Steve Prefontaine was a typical high school boy and wanted to play football and the traditional sports. Prefontaine though was too small for these sports and decided to run.

Steve Prefontaine started his running career at Marshfield High School and became one the most sought after runners in the United States. He was undefeated in cross country and track his junior and senior year. Pre was very versatile and could run a 1:54 800 meter to a 13:52 5000 meter race. His senior year at Marshfield High School he set the American record in the two mile run.

Coach Bill Bowerman of the University of Oregon took notice of Pre’s talent and recruited him heavily. The fall of 1969 Steve Prefontaine showed up on campus and ran cross country in the fall. By the time he finished his career at Oregon University he won an impressive seven NCAA national titles: three in cross country, 1970, 1971, and 1973 and four in the three-mile in track, ’70, ’71 ’72 and ’73. Steve Prefontaine was also the first athlete to win four consecutive NCAA track titles in the same event. He also held eight collegiate records including the 3 mile and 6 mile races in which have not been broken.

Steve Prefontaine continued on with running career and made the 1972 Olympic team in the 5000 meter run. He ran a gutsy race and led most of the last mile, but ended up 4th, one place out of the medals. Pre was an icon in Oregon and people would fill the seats at Hayward Field to watch Steve run. He never lost a race at Hayward field and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. His fans would cheer from him at the mere site of him. Before it was said and done Steve Prefontaine he broke his own or other American records 14 different times.

Steve Prefontaine was also involved with his community. He volunteered at Roosevelt Junior High School and started a running club at the Oregon State Prison. He often corresponded with many of the inmates to give them hope. He was very outspoken how the Amateur Athletic Association (AAU) treated the amateur athletes. If it were not for him track and field athletes of today would not be in the bargaining position they are in.

Steve Prefontaine died on May 30, 1975 driving home from a track meet he put on earlier that day. He had just set the American record in the 5000 meter race and his MG convertible sports car hit a rock and overturned killing him. Pre was only 24 years old. The news of his death shocked the running community world wide.

Steve Prefontaine’s legacy will live on forever. There have been two movies about his life and there is a track meet held in his honor every year. The Prefontaine Classic is held Hayward field featuring some of the best track and field athletes of the world. High and college runners keep his memory alive by posting some of his famous quotes on there shirts. As long as there is track and field Steve Prefontaine will always be remembered.

The Day Today as with so many other British comedies produced precious few episodes, but the proportionate impact of those six episodes has been immense. Originally aired in early 1994 following the success of their radio prelude On The Hour, The Day Today covered the news, and by extension the news industry, with surreal accuracy. With Chris Morris providing an eerily accurate impression of Jeremy Paxman in a studio that bore a striking resemblance to ITN’s News At Ten set of the time, one of the show’s great strengths was the casual viewer could flick through and not realise it was parody. If you weren’t paying attention, you could easily go a couple of minutes until you heard a headline or report that’d make you stop in your tracks, like “That’s it, just time to let you know that police are still looking for the actor Burt Reynolds after he stole a dodgem and drove it out of a fairground in Islington.”

Not only was the show’s subtlety and dextrous, creeping satire crucial to pulling the whole thing off, it also leant itself well to building a loyal audience firmly in on the joke. And if Chris Morris’ bombastic professionalism set the scene, his band of satellite colleagues were the perfect compliment: the inept economics correspondent Peter O’Hanraha-hanrahan, who often “loses the news” and thinks the German for 30 percent is “Trenta Percenta”; Collaterlie Sisters, the anamatronic and incomphrensible business news specialist who uses graphics like the Currency Kidney and the International Finance Arse to explain trends in world trading; Sylvester Stuart, the disembodied weather head; Barbara Wintergreen, the pun-happy American correspondent who covers the likes of serial killers being sentenced to death by corpses with the voice of Martin Sheen; and Valerie Sinatra, the outrageously flirted at transport reporter from her travel pod a mile above Great Britain.

But of course, the best known Day Today foil is Alan Partridge, whose palpable lack of sporting knowledge ended up being no impediment to a sparkling career as a chat show host and early morning East Anglian DJ. In fact, it was some of Alan’s best bits of sports reporting that exemplify just how extraordinarily far-sighted the show could be. As the programme basically boils down to a collection of micro sketches pulled together by idents with slogans like “Facts multiplied by importance equals news”, it’s an extremely easy show to look up on the likes of YouTube, even though it pre-dates the site by nigh on a decade, and Alan Partridge’s football commentary (“SHIT! DID YOU SEE THAT?! He must have a foot like a traction engine!”) is one of the all-time YouTube classics.  Similarly, they featured a mockumentary called The Office ages before Messrs Gervais and Merchant dreamed theirs up. They even managed to pre-empt the proliferation of reality shows and histrionic soap operas with their miniseries The Pool and The Bureau.

But if surreal innovation got people watching, it was the tendency to push the boundaries that got people talking, the best example of which was the story of IRA “bomb dogs” going off around the UK. The report showed cordoned off streets, people panicking as “terrierists” ran aimlessly round the streets, and amusingly earnest graphics showing a dog coated with a special resin being blown 1,000ft into the air. It also showed Sinn Féin’s “deputy leader” interviewed while taking helium, to take credibility away from his statements. While still funny now, given the tense political state of play in 1994 (the IRA habitually bombed city centre targets, including BBC’s Television Centre, during this period, and interviews with Sinn Fein members could only be showed in silhouette with the voice of actual actors like Stephen Rea and Butch Dingle from Emmerdale dubbed over it) it was darkly humorous at least, and downright ballsy at best.

And then there’s the actors and contributors themselves. Had they been American, they surely would have been dubbed as a Pack of some kind, but despite the lack of officialdom the main players in The Day Today continue to dominate British comedy. The success of Steve Coogan is self-evident, and Chris Morris went on to achieve legendary status with Brass Eye and directed and co-wrote the recent film Four Lions. Patrick Marber wrote the movie Closer, which is one of the more mindblowing facts I’ve heard this year. Doon Mackichan was one third of Smack The Pony, Rebecca Front as Nicola Murray is the recipient of most of Malcolm Tucker’s ire on The Thick Of It, while producer Armando Ianucci has had a hand of some sort in every funny thing the BBC has made since. Executive Producer Peter Fincham is now the head of ITV, but we’ll forgive him that.

Ultimately though, for all the show’s influence, it leaves a legacy of prescience as much as parody. What was in 1994 an incremental clinic in absurdity looks more like a journalists’ handbook in 2010. Which, unlike The Day Today, isn’t particularly funny.

Many people confuse speed and quickness, but these are two totally different things. It’s possible to have one without the other, but ideally you’d like to have both.

Quickness is about reacting quickly, changing directions, and moving over a short distance.

Speed, on the other hand, revolves more around strength and power, and deals only with covering a lot of ground quickly in a straight line.

Both speed and quickness require acceleration. And to accelerate quickly requires strong muscles. Both are about explosion, blasting out from your starting position to reach your goal.

However, the similarities end there. When you think of speed, think of a 100 meter sprinter. The only objective is to get from point A to point B in the shortest amount of time possible, and everyone knows the shortest distance between point A and point B is a straight line. So speed is all about moving quickly in a straight line. It’s linear, in other words. Two things matter most for speed: 1) the ability to explode and drive yourself forward, which comes from strong muscles, and 2) proper form and technique, which makes sure your motions are efficient and that you’re not wasting energy.

Quickness, on the other hand, is not about moving quickly in a straight line. It’s about being able to move quickly in any direction. In other words, it’s multi-directional instead of linear. Quickness also entails agility and reaction time. You want your body to respond quickly to what you see on the field or the court.

When thinking about quickness, think of an NFL defensive back. The wide receiver knows exactly where he wants to go, but the DB doesn’t. He has to simply react to what the wide receiver does. So reaction time and agility are key to quickness.

To become faster in terms of speed, you can keep the focus on the two things mentioned above: 1) muscle strength and 2) proper form. Going to the weight room regularly and practicing proper form in practice can help you build speed.

To become faster in terms of quickness, going to the weight room a lot won’t necessarily help. Instead of focusing on your big muscles, quickness requires strength in the small muscles and tendons. Quickness drills and whole-body exercises are the best ways to improve quickness, as they improve your reaction time and condition your body to respond in a certain way.

In summary, speed and quickness are two totally different things, and different methods are required to improve in each area. The good news is that it is possible to improve both your speed and your quickness. You just need to approach each differently and make sure you’re addressing the areas that will make you most successful.

This is a question that is asked soon after the purchase of say a pair of high end soccer cleats costing close to 300 dollars.

If you are an active player, playing 3 to seven times a week, say seven, and have just that one pair of high end soccer cleats, you can expect them to last one full season (three to four months) and if you are lucky, maybe two seasons.

There are four main variables to determine how long your soccer cleats should last

1. A lighter shoe will be less durable. The material is thinner and more prone to break faster than a heavier shoe.

2. The playing surface is important. If you buy Firm Ground cleats, they are designed for play on firm grassy surfaces. You are advised not to use them on artificial turf as that would be a sure shot way of breaking them before time. Buy a pair of soccer cleats that is appropriate for the surface you play on whether it is firm ground, soft ground, artificial turf or indoors.

3. If you are an active player, playing every single day, it makes sense to get an additional pair of cleats so that the wear and tear is distributed between the two pairs.

4. The intensity of play – here self knowledge is the key. You should know whether you are going to the field just to play a few kicks, or a few side games or that you like to play intensely, and move about a lot on the field. In the latter scenario, no brand will last longer than another. You have to be realistic and admit that you are pretty hard on your shoes and so expect to replace them often. Basically, your track record in soccer cleats is key here.

If you want your football cleats to last as long as they possibly can, taking good care is important. Here is a care regimen for soccer cleats

1. Breaking in for new cleats can be achieved by jogging in them during warm ups or just before a game. The more you engage them, the more they will loosen up and provide the right fit.

2. Air dry the cleats after every game, and stuff some newspaper in them to absorb the dampness and also hold the shape till they dry. They will crack if you expose them to the sun while drying.

3. Remove the detachable cleats soon after the game. Walking in them on any other surface blunts them and renders them useless in their function of providing you grip.

4. Clean your soccer cleats soon after the game, to prevent dirt and dust from settling into the leather causing damage. Carefully brush out any dirt from the dented areas of stitching. If you are using cleaning products, make sure they are gentle on your soccer cleats.

5. Use a leather foot and leather creams regularly to keep the leather uppers of your football cleats soft and supple.

6. Never subject them to a hot water cleaning, as this ruins the shoes.

Do you want to get faster and more explosive on the soccer field? Would you like to lower the risk of getting injured? If so, keep reading!

Many soccer teams that I train or athletes that I work with share a common trait when they warm up…they all warm up in their bare feet. Here is the reason for that. By wearing shoes all the time, we are not strengthening the small muscles in the foot as well as we could. Shoes obviously serve a purpose, but try warming up your team without their shoes on and by doing this you will start to strengthen all of those small muscles in the feet, you will also help to strengthen the joints and ligaments in the ankle and lower leg as well.

I have written before about the Active Dynamic Warm up (ADW). If players do their ADW (series of exercises to warm their core body temperature up and then stretch dynamically) before their practice starts, they will in effect be doing themselves a huge favor.

Since soccer players (and most athletes) use their feet so much to not only play the sport of soccer but to be athletic too, training their feet to get stronger will absolutely increase their soccer speed, make them stronger which in turn will make them more explosive and will also reduce the number of lower leg injuries as well.

While I know this example is a bit of a reach, if you consider it, then you can see how barefoot training can effect your feet. Alright, so here is the example. If you wore baseball gloves on your hands for 2 weeks and did your normal routine, when you took the baseball gloves off and then tried to open a brand new jar of peanut butter, you probably couldn’t do it. The small muscles in your hand got weaker since you didn’t use them fully. The same thing applies when you wear shoes.

If you do a barefoot warm up, please make certain to clear the area of any rocks or sticks or anything that could injure a players foot. If you train indoors, then this issue is greatly reduced.

Just 15 minutes of barefoot training will help soccer players generate more speed, increase their agility and help to reduce lower leg and foot injuries.

I hope you have a great day!