During my twenty-three year career with the U.S. National Team, I was competing all year round. When I wasn’t competing, eating or resting, I performed what I liked to call “maintenance work” - drills that helped me maintain a good feel for the ball.
Maintenance work was all about getting back to basics. In fact, I still do these basic drills with my instructional soccer camp, the Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy, during the summer months. It’s my belief that a player who practices basic skills will eventually become a great technical player. One of my teammates on the U.S. National Team was Michele Akers, the most technically sound player I have ever seen. Her technique kicking a soccer ball was so precise, powerful, and consistent that she was deadly from anywhere on the field.