At this very moment, millions upon millions of kids around the world are dreaming of becoming future soccer stars. If you are one of these players or even if you just want to learn how to improve your game, please keep reading.

The first and most important step toward becoming a better soccer player is to fall in love with the game of soccer. If you love the game of soccer, it is only natural that you will want to play soccer all the time. You will also watch soccer games on TV and you will pick out great players from the world cup or your favorite professional team to copy and model your game after. Don’t resist — these are all good things.

The second step toward becoming a better soccer player is to become very close friends with your soccer ball. Don’t laugh — I’m not joking. Take your soccer ball with you everywhere (to the dentist, on family trips, to the beach, absolutely everywhere you go) and play with it every chance you get. Don’t be afraid to drive your friends and family crazy — sorry parents, but you will soon begin to understand. Practice juggling over and over and over again each day, work on your moves — stepovers, scissors, Cruyff turns, sole rolls, etc., and, very importantly, find a wall to use as a kick board to pass and shoot the ball off of hundreds of times each day. Make sure you work on using both feet, like all great players. Try standing 15 feet away from the wall and passing the ball off of it and back to yourself — right, left, right, left, right, left, and so on. Try two touches first, but really push yourself to be able to make one touch passes consistently while alternating feet. See if you can get to 50 in a row, then 100, and then 250. Stay focused and light on your feet. Get into a rhythm. When you get good, you can move closer to the wall. Become precise like a soccer machine.

The third step is to find a small group of friends and play pick-up soccer games every chance you get. Play 1-on-1, 2-on-2, 3-on-3, or even 4-on-4, whatever works, but just play a lot and don’t be afraid to take chances. Try out all your new moves and don’t get down it it doesn’t work out. Soccer is a game of thousands of mistakes. It is what you do next — after you make a mistake — that really counts. Also, remember that if you only play soccer when your team practices or when you have a game, then you aren’t playing nearly enough soccer. Not even close. When in doubt, play more soccer.

The fourth step is to remember to work hard and have fun whenever you play. Soccer should always make you smile and you should never forget that hard work and doing your best are part of the fun. You can achieve anything if you are willing to work hard to reach your goals.

The last and final step to becoming a better soccer player is to keep dreaming. Just like the many millions of other future stars all around the world. There are limitless possibilities on the soccer field, so open up your imagination and don’t be afraid to really push yourself. However, don’t forget that it needs to be fun at the same time.