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on February 14, 2011
I bought this DVD at a recent soccer convention.

I have lots of soccer coaching DVDs but I asked the salesman for a DVD that would teach the players skills, but the kids would also enjoy watching. He recommended Skill Factor to me.

General Idea:
The idea is EXCELLENT! The DVD combines computer animations of the skills with narrators instructing how each skill is done - and in a fun, bullet-point way, rather than a bland step by step format; that is then topped-off by video clips of the skills actually being put to use in the English Premier League.

Pros:
- Excellent general idea. I've found that kids today relate very well to computer animations in general, and the video clips show them how the skills are used in games.
- Huge list of skills covered. Lots of dribbling moves, but also tackling, juggling, receiving, etc.
- Entertaining narration. Most instructional soccer DVDs consist of someone demonstrating a skill and explaining it. This video does that, but there is less focus on the finer aspects, and more on the general principle, instead, the narrators often explain WHEN to use it: for example "the 'double tap' is best used when the attacker and defender are square"; and also with a little humor: for example, while covering (I believe) the "back door" dribbling move, a clip is shown of it being used unsuccessfully against Patrick Vieira. The announcer then says something to the effect of, "Remember, don't ever try to use the move against Vieira." Despite how it may sound, the delivery of it is not at all lame or cheesy.
- Good clips
- Each move and skill is broken into a separate chapter, so it's easy to navigate. You can easily find specific skills from the menu, and can skip ones while playing it.

Cons:
- The only major con is in the computer animations.
-- First, some of them are hard to follow. You may need to play in slow motion if you really want to try to learn the skills.
-- Second, and most importantly, while their goal is no doubt to make the animations easier to follow, they inevitably begin to spin the screen during most of the animations. I have watched this DVD 3 times, and every time I have gotten dizzy from this after about 10 skills (and there are over 50). To be sure it wasn't just me, I watched it with other adults once and they both complained of dizziness from those scenes as well. I can imagine that it would be worse for children.

- Also, because so many skills are covered (and perhaps because of the dizziness factor as well), the DVD drags. Sure it's great to get so much packed into 1 DVD (they definitely give you your money's worth), but it is difficult to finish in 1 sitting or even 2.

Bottom line:
The dizzying effect is a MAJOR drawback. This would easily be a 5 star choice if it didn't give viewers a headache.
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on June 14, 2009
My kids and coaches enjoyed this entertaining and instructional video. It's great to see ball control skills broken down, but then also to see them from actual Premier League matches. This DVD will keep the attention of younger viewers.
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on March 20, 2010
Caught 10 minutes of this film on the Fox Soccer Channel and as my daughter was learning some of Rinaldo's moves and footwork thought the animations would help her fully understand them. Having sat through the entire video with her we can both say this is well worth the money.

Thanks
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on March 4, 2010
Great DVD. Shows you all the beats to beat opponents in a real game replay, slows them up, and breaks them down with a computer-generated replay. Emphasizes attacking the space and not the opponent, and situations for which the beats are useful. Brilliant!!!!
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on June 29, 2013
This DVD is decent, but certainly nothing special. Many youtube channels do a better job of explaining and breaking down the moves. This disc often leaves out crucial details, like when kicking the ball hard you should land on your kicking foot, or what surface of the foot to use at the end of the move to accelerate away. As everyone else says the computer animation spins around way too much--making it hard to tell which direction the player is moving after he completes the move.

Watch some decent youtube channels (online soccer academy, skillz and drillz, etc.) first. If you've seen and practiced all that, then consider this DVD.
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on September 23, 2011
The format of this DVD is very conducive to learning moves that will improve your soccer skills. It shows a move broken down in animated form and then shows a pro player putting it to use in an actual game. It also tells when to use a particular move and when not to use the move. It has really helped me as a coach to show young players how to improve.
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on February 9, 2012
I really hate the 360 spin animations, I would prefer more slow motion game footage, or have a live person very slowly show you the moves zoomed in to the foot.
Under $10 would make this 4 star, but I paid ~$15 so I give it a generous 3 star.
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on September 23, 2011
Entertaining, some of the animations make you a little dizzy, but overall its a good video. Many great shots and moves even from a while back.
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on March 12, 2013
Although all the clips are reasonably old, they were all performed by great players. The animated demonstration is good and reasonably helpful but does not always match exactly the moves. Plan on watching the whole program into at least 2, if not 3 or more, different sections 'cos the moves are displayed 1 after another and each of them only takes up ~2-3 minutes so there are a little too many moves to go through all in a single shot.
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on February 10, 2012
I bought this DVD for my boys who play soccer and they just loved it. They spent a whole day watching it repeatedly. It was very important to us that it was in good condition. We are very happy with our purchase of this DVD.
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