{short description of image} {short description of image}

{short description of image}
Feints Movies  ||  Tactics GIF's  ||  Gk - Drills   || Soccer Tennis  || Kingdrills |  | Email Us
Soccer "HomePlay"  | Soccer Equipment & Videos  | Commentary  | JB Green Home
Harris Baynes Busch soccerclub Lou Fusz select soccer Coca Cola M.C. United
{short description of image}
Cruyff
{short description of image}
Garrincha
{short description of image}
Maradona
{short description of image}
Sir Stanley
Matthews
{short description of image}
Ronaldo
{short description of image}
(Click here)
For allthe movie clips, "highlight" & "instructional" clips, without discussion.
(Click here)
For all the movie clips, "highlight" & "instructional" clips, with extensive discussion.
(Click here)
For a "printer-friendly" version of the "500 Fakes" & mini-practice, for outside practice.
King's 20 Minute "Mini-practice"
and the "500 Fakes"

{short description of image}I.) Juggling practice (5 min.)
(click here for details on teaching "juggling" and games)

{short description of image}II.) 500 Fakes (7 min.)(-The complete "drill" utilizes at least 500 fakes, feints and touches.)
-Use the 500 Fakes as a warm up for most practices and encourage it's use at home.
-Do most of the "warm-up touches", most of the "turning fakes" and pick out a few "moves to beat an opponent".
-It will take only 15 to 20 minutes but you will have reviewed dozens of important skills.
-If your group is large, then split it into half. Have one group play small sided scrimmages and odd-man passing drills, while you refine the technique of the players doing the "500 Fakes". After 15 minutes switch the groups. You will be on your way to a productive practice, everyone will be busy getting hundreds of touches, and no-one will be standing around!

{short description of image}Warm-up touches- (click here for detailed descriptions)
   (click the highlighted skill for detailed descriptions and an AVI clip)

  1. In-betweens with step-over 180 turn. (15 in-betweens up then stepover turn and go back 2 times.)
  2. Toe touches moving forward alternating feet. (Do 15 up and back 2 times with "pullback" turn.)
  3. Toe touches moving backwards alternating feet.(Do 15 up and back 2 times.)
  4. Side hop rolls moving forward, first right foot then back with left. (Up and back 2-4 times.)
  5. Outside foot touches with "fast feet" between touches. (Up and back 2-4 times.)
  6. Speed Changes with sudden stop, ("Hop-stop"). (Up and back several times.)
  7. Outside to inside roll right foot across body, touch forward with left foot.
    Alternate. (Do 10 up and back 2 times.)
  8. Inside to outside roll right foot out to the (right) side, touch forward with right foot.
    Alternate. (Do 10 up and back 2 times.)
  9. Skip touches. (Skip forward touching the ball with the front foot, each skip.)
  10. "Run Throughs" Smother or trap while running through a tossed ball. (Up and back several times.)

{short description of image}Turning Fakes- (click here for details)

(Dribble out about 5 yds. - make a 180 cut/turn and then return and make another.
Do at least 10 cuts with each foot.)

  1. Pull backs - "turn with"   or  Pull backs - "turn away"
  2. Fake kick into inside cut   or  Outside cut.
  3. Stepover 180 turns - inside foot.  or  Stepover 180 turns - outside foot.
  4. Shield turns. (Dribble out then "inside" cut the ball multiple times to turn a complete "540" and return.) or Outside Shield Turns.
  5. Cruyff turns.
  6. Stop-hop ("Half Garrincha").

{short description of image}Fakes to beat the opponent- (click here for details)
(Dribble out about 10 - 20yds. and then back again - make 10 fakes out and 10 more back, alternating feet.)
Choose 3-5 moves

  1. Lunges.
  2. Double Lunges.
  3. Pull V's, alternating feet. (Up and back 2 times.)
  4. Pull "backwards" L's, alternating feet. (Up and back 2 times.)
  5. Scissors.
  6. Double scissors.
  7. Fake kick and push outside or Fake kick and cut inside.
  8. Rivelino.
  9. Matthews or Reverse Matthews or Fake Matthews
  10. Preki and Half Preki
  11. Maradona or Garrincha.
  12. Stop and Go
  13. Scotch Moves.
  14. Drag Swerve or Reverse Drag-Swerve or Fake Drag-Swerve
  15. Inside-Inside Swerve

{short description of image}III.) Kicking Power (3 min.) - (click here for details)

  • 25-50 hard kicks or volleys into the rebounder.
  • 25 instep (shoelace) drives.
  • 25 with the inside of the foot.
  • 25 hard shots with the outside of the foot.
  • Try to do all of the above while controlling the rebound with 2 touches.

{short description of image}IV.) Play Soccer Tennis! (5 min.) 2 or more people needed. (click here for details.)

(Click here for a "printer-friendly" version.)



{short description of image}
click here for the
The Franklin® Tournament soccer rebounder

- with bungee cord recoil.
Please browse these selections:
-Scrimmage Vests
-Rebounders
-Portable Goals
-Ball Bags
-Clip Boards
-Instructional Videos and DVDs
And visit these sites for soccer equipment, DVD's, tapes, gifts, clothing
and fun stuff-

-The SportsAuthority
-TodoFut Soccer
-SoccerVault.com

Check out the absolute best training DVD's from Charlton Athletic's youth development program!! (Click Here)
{short description of image}
click here for the
Vogelsinger "Dribbling and Feinting" video - a classic!


Also strongly consider his tapes on
Ball Control and Kicking!
Only  - $9.99!!!
{short description of image}
Advancing the Skills DVD


{short description of image}

-the 500 Fakes (in detail)-

{short description of image}
*Please note:  The demonstration clips (AVI clips), on the left side of the page are intentionally small files, usually less that 300kb. These demonstrations are purposely done more slowly.
The "highlights" clips are large files but usually smaller than 500kb, and most are outstanding.
The "KC Legends" instructional clips are much larger, sometimes 3meg or greater. If you are using a cable modem, DSL, or ISDN connection they will usually begin to play in less than a minute, but if you are using a phone-line modem you might want to try the "self-extracting" zip files available on their web-site. It will be worth the wait. (K.C. Legends SC Page)
-If you need some ideas on getting the files to play - (click here for links to Media Players )


Warm-up touches

1.)  In-betweens with step-over 180 turn.    AVI clip 
-First, to do the "in-betweens" stand with the soccer ball between your feet which are about shoulder width apart. Using the inside of the right foot, tap the ball softly to the inside of the left foot. Then using the inside of the left foot, tap it back again to the inside of the right foot. The trick is to keep the ball constantly moving between the feet as the player "hops" from foot to foot to prepare for the next touch. Once you get the hang of it, begin to move forward with each step by tapping the ball slightly forward with each touch. Eventually you should be able to keep the in-betweens going without a miss as you move slowly all over the place.

-Secondly, do the "step-over 180 turn. (This is a very important turn! Watch the pros, you will see variations of this turn a dozen times a game.) Start with the ball between your feet, as it is during your "in-betweens". Put your weight on your left foot as you swing your right foot up and over the ball (turning counter-clockwise towards the left). Plant the right foot down on the left side of the ball and step down. (This is the "stepover" part of the move and will be used in lots of fakes and feints). Now using that right foot as a pivot, spin (turning clockwise this time) around with your left foot, back towards the ball. Once you have turned a 180, take the ball with your left foot and begin the "in-betweens" the other direction.
(Click here for another description by Dennis Mueller et.al.)

-Another slight variation is to take the ball back with the outside of the right foot instead of using it as a pivot foot. Here you fake the "stepover" as you turn counter-clockwise over the ball with the right foot, just as before. Then instead of planting that right foot, you just tap it down and then back up as you begin to pivot back clockwise still on the left foot. Then you take the ball with the outside of the right foot (the stepover foot) and move back in the new direction. Personally, I prefer this variation. I think it is quicker and a little easier to do the pivot with cleats on grass fields.
KEY POINTS: The move becomes effective when the "stepover" looks like a shot or pass or lunge in that direction. This "sells" the "FAKE" and then you take the ball quickly in the other direction.


2.)  Toe touches moving forward and alternating feet.    AVI clip

Begin with the ball between your feet and slightly to the front. Lift the right foot and lightly touch the top of the ball with the front (cleat side) of the shoe, underneath the toe. Replace that right foot and do the same with the left foot. Now begin to alternate touches faster until you have to make little hops back and forth with your feet while continuing to touch the top of the ball. Finally, push the ball forward a few inches with each touch as you begin to move forward with each step.
The trick is to touch the ball forward "just the right distance" and slightly in front of the other foot so you can keep the pattern going without a break. After moving forward about 10 yds. do a "pullback" turn and return to the starting spot continuing your toe touches.

3.)  Toe touches moving backwards and alternating feet.    AVI clip 
This is nearly the same as the toe touches moving forward but instead goes backward. With each hop backwards touch the ball back and diagonally toward your next foot. This is a little more difficult to learn but is great for developing quick feet and pull back touches.


4.)  Side hop rolls moving forward (a.k.a. side drag rolls).    AVI clip   
This is a shielding and rolling maneuver. Start by facing sideways (e.g. first face to the right) to the direction of travel, with the ball between your feet. Using the sole of your right foot, come up and over the top of the ball from right( the back) to left (the front). This gets the ball rolling to your left and down the direction of travel. After rolling over the top of the ball with your right foot, plant it down and "hop" onto your left foot and repeat. All the touches are with the right foot, rolling the ball to the left with your cleats as you "hop" down the field. You would use this to advance the ball and at the same time keep the defender to your backside. Repeat with the left foot.

KEY POINTS: Being able to roll the ball in various directions while shielding it from defenders can be crucial to finding space in tight spots. Watch a good winger use this maneuver deep in the corner to defeat a double team. Strikers often use this roll out at the 18 yd. line to protect the ball while searching for the next possible shot or pass.


5.)  Outside foot touches with fast feet    AVI clip  Push the ball to the outside with the outside of the foot then take 2 steps behind the rolling ball to prepare to touch it with the outside of the other foot.
KEY POINTS: Kids learn early how to move the ball around with the inside part of their feet but sometimes do not progress to using the outside part of the foot. This condems them to countless failed attempts to beat the opponent since they end up in the "fruitless kicking battle" as both players stab at the ball with the insides of their feet. Many of the great fakes (lunge, scizzors, Matthews, reverse Matthews, Rivelino, drag swerve etc.) will use the outside of the feet so the players should get comfortable with this touch at an early age.


6.)  Speed Change with "Hop-stop" - "Half Garrincha"    
clip #1 - "half Garrincha"- 253kb
  Have the players dribble slowly or do some "inbetweens" and then explodeup the field for about 4 steps finally coming to a turning stop. Repeat.
KEY POINTS:There is little point in making a feint if the space gained is not exploited by a burst of speed. In fact, the attempt at the feint can be poor, but it will still be effective if combined with instant acceleration. I think many young players concentrate too much on the "cut" and forget to "explode" out of the fake.


7.)  Outside to inside roll right foot across body, touch forward with left foot.    AVI clip
This is a very important maneuver that has been referred to in some circles as the "Preki". Start with the ball between your feet. Begin with a little lean or lunge out to the right side of the ball by lifting your right foot and stepping down lightly beside the ball. Do not plant weight onto this right foot. Instead, plan to shift your weight back to the left and then "scrape" your cleats over the top of the ball, from the right side to the left, to begin it rolling to the left. After it has crossed completely in front of your body, use the inside of your left foot to touch it forward. Now repeat the same starting with the left foot.
KEY POINTS: The little lunge to the right side of the ball sets up the rapid move back to the left and "sells" this fake. Being comfortable "scraping" the ball with the cleats to get it rolling in different directions is essential to close quarters dribbling to find space for shooting and passing. Follow this "inside roll" with the "outside roll" as described below. Eventually, any time you are stopped with your foot on top of the ball, you will be able to instantly move left, right, or backwards into a pull-back and still maintain possession.

8.)  Inside to outside roll right foot to the (right) side, touch forward with right foot.     AVI clip
This is the sister move to the "outside to inside" roll. Start with the ball between your feet. Begin with a rapid movement with your right foot to the top of the ball and stop briefly with your cleats on top. This motion should make it appear like you are passing the ball, or taking the ball to your left side, across your body. Instead, keep your weight on your left foot and "scrape" from the inside to the outside with your right foot. This gets the ball rolling back to your right and slightly behind you. Then turn your hips to the right and touch it with the inside of the right foot to deflect it off to the right on a diagonal. Repeat with the right foot several times and then switch to the left. (This is the basic movement for the key feint known as a "pullback V".)
KEY POINTS: This move is the backbone of the important fake known as the "Vee" or better yet, the "fake-kick V". Emphasize the fake kick motion up to the ball at the beginning of the move, then rapidly pull the ball back and outside to the right, finally turn the hips to follow the ball and touch it with the inside aspect of the right foot and you have a classic "V".


9.)  Skip touches.     AVI clip  Start with the right foot in front of the left, and the ball just ahead of the leading foot. Begin by touching the ball forward with the (right) front foot which you then plant on the ground and do a little "hop" (or skip), while your (left) trailing leg comes to the front. When that (left) leg is in front, touch the ball ahead with it, then plant it down for a little "hop" (skip), and continue. Do this for several dozen skips.
KEY POINTS: Ever watch a basketball guard set up his move to the basket? Many times he will put a little "stutter", "skip", or "hitch" in his movement to freeze the defender and set his own feet. The same thing applies to a football halfback who is preparing to pick his "hole" and dive for the first down. He will literally "skip" for a stride which often times either freezes the defenders, or "wrong foots" them. This concept works in soccer dribbling as well. Next time you are practicing even simple soccer feints,( like "lunges" for instance), add a skip just before the move and watch how well the move works. Notice the extra little jump you get as you complete the move. It seems to "load the spring" in your legs, helping prepare for the quick change of pace and direction.


10.)  Run Through Traps - (soon)    AVI clip  Have the players toss the ball into the air and slightly in front of themselves. Then they should run through the bouncing ball to "push" it up the field. Contact can be made with head, chest, waist, thighs, shins or feet with just enough of a touch to begin the ball moving away. This kind of drill can be done in pairs, as well, but I think it is important enough to include in every warm-up.
KEY POINTS:How many games do we see young players standing in a circle watching a high ball bounce between them, their faces bobbing like bobble-heads, unable to take control? Of course there are many ways to trap high balls but simply running through the bounce is often times as good as any, and it begins the ball moving away from the defenders into space.

back to top


Turning Fakes


(Dribble out about 5 yds. - make a 180 turn/cut, then return to starting point and make another. Do at least 10 with each foot.)

1.)  Pull backs.
AVI clip - "turn with" pullback

AVI clip - "turn away" pullback
highlights clip #1 - (191kb)
    This is a cousin to the "outside and inside" rolls as discussed above but it "scrapes" the ball backwards. Start with the ball between your feet. Fake up to the top of the ball with your right foot in a kicking motion, but stop with your cleats on top of the ball. Then "pull-back" the ball by "scraping" your cleats backwards to get the ball rolling behind you. Now you can turn either clockwise or counterclockwise to face the ball again. If you used your right foot to "pull-back" and you turn clockwise or towards the pull-back leg it is a "turn-with pull-back". If however, your turn counterclockwise away from the right leg, it is a "turn-away pull-back".   You should learn them both. The "turn-away pull-back" is the better of the two since you can continue to face a defender while you change direction and not "spin" away from him and risk losing site of him and his attempt at a steal.
KEY POINTS: The pull-back moves are some of the first moves kids learn and initially they get a lot of milage out of them. Unfortunately, they get overused and often times used in the wrong places, especially against older and more skilled defenders. They are best used deep in the offensive third of the field, usually off to the sides to quickly change directions on a slashing attack. They should not be used anywhere near one's own penalty area or anywhere in the middle of the field where an alert defender could begin a dangerous breakaway. The shielding turns like the stepovers, 3/4 shield turns and the "sharp inside/outside cuts" are safer in these areas.
Click here for discussion on differences between "under the leg moves"


2.)  Fake kick into inside/outside cuts. (a.k.a. "chop" turns)
AVI clip - "inside cut"
AVI clip - "outside cut"
highlights clip #1 - (592kb)
highlights clip #2 - (440kb)
highlights clip #3 - (172kb)
highlights clip #4 - (287kb)

Everyone knows how to cut the ball with the inside and outside of the feet. The difference in this move is to cut the ball very "sharply" backwards to the inside or outside, and set it up with a fake kick.
Begin by dribbling forward. Touch the ball a little in front of your feet, plant your left foot near the ball and wind up with your right leg like you are going to shoot (or kick the ball hard). Instead of shooting you bring your right leg down in a "chopping" motion to cut the ball backwards across the front of your body. It has to be a very sharp cut back towards your left foot and maybe even in towards yourself. You may even have to hop out of the way with your left foot. Then continue in that new direction and do another with the left foot. This is known as the "inside cut".
The "outside cut" begins the same, but after the fake right kick, instead of "chopping" down of the ball, you "sweep" it away with the outside of your right foot away from the defender. This is a less aggressive move and actually shields the ball as well.

KEY POINTS: Cutting the ball with the inside of the foot is the most basic maneuver in soccer. If it is done without some sort of a "fake" or violent change of pace, it is doomed to end up between you and the defender in another frustrating and purposeless kicking battle. What makes this move work is that it is preceded by the fake kick which "wrong-foots" the defender and then the cut has to be extremely sharp, literally a "chop" backwards and maybe even slightly into you.


3.)  Stepover 180 turns.   
AVI clip - "take away inside foot"

AVI clip - "take away outside foot"
highlights clip #1 - (294kb)
highlights clip#2 - (219kb)
K.C. Legends mpeg with "swivel" - see "swivel".

(This is a very important turn! Watch the pros, you will see variations of this turn a dozen times a game.) Start with the ball between your feet, as it is during your "in-betweens". Put your weight on your left foot as you swing your right foot up and over the ball (turning counter-clockwise towards the left). Plant the right foot down on the left side of the ball and step down. (This is the "stepover" part of the move and will be used in lots of fakes and feints). Now using that right foot as a pivot, spin (turning clockwise this time) around with your left foot, back towards the ball. Once you have turned a 180, take the ball with your left foot and begin to move in the other direction. The initial stepover move is also known as a "Rivelino" stepover and sometimes this turn is called a "Rivelino" turn.(Click here for another description from D. Mueller et.al.)

-Another slight variation is to take the ball back with the outside of the right foot instead of using it as a pivot foot. Here you fake the "stepover" as you turn counter-clockwise over the ball with the right foot, just as before. Then instead of planting that right foot, you just tap it down and then back up as you begin to pivot back clockwise still on the left foot. Then you take the ball with the outside of the right foot (the stepover foot) and move back in the new direction.   Personally, I prefer this variation. I think it is quicker and a little easier to do the pivot with cleats on grass fields.
KEY POINTS: The move becomes effective when the "stepover" looks like a shot or pass or lunge in that direction. This "sells" the "FAKE" and then you take the ball quickly in the other direction.


4.)  Shield turns. (a.k.a. 3/4 turn or "Spin Turns")   
AVI clip
  
highlights clip "inside shield turn" - (213kb)
If the inside cut is the most basic move in dribbling then the "shield turns" sometimes referred to as "3/4 shield turns" are a powerful way to use it. Start by dribbling forward towards a cone or mark that represents the defender. Just before reaching the mark, begin a series of sharp inside cuts with the inside of the right foot. The first cut turns you to the left, then immediately follow with another cut to be facing backwards, and immediately with another cut to end up facing to what initially was to your right. There should not be any extra steps between ball touches. The entire time the ball is shielded and multiple opportunities for lateral and trail passes are available. When done properly the dribbler can actually "shake-off" the defender and continue downfield.
Outside Shield Turns (a.k.a. Outside "Spin Turns).   
highlights clip "outside shield turn"- (902kb) (This is a large but excellent file.)
This move involve 2 or 3 quick turns like above, but this time cut the ball with the outside of the foot.

KEY POINTS:Many defenders are taught some variation of the "3-ways" approach to 1v1 defense.. First get in the way, second turn them away, and third take it away. Modern defenders are some of the best athletes on the field and are experts at turning or "herding" the strikers to the sidelines. This is where the "3/4 shield turn can really work. The first cut is with the "herding" defender (in the same direction), but then suddenly after 2 more sharp cuts, the striker is free again towards the middle, or has space to make a pass.
It is a speed move and works best at a full run. If the first cut to the left is emphasized, the defender often over-reacts and when the second and third cuts quickly follow, they may lose contact completely.

The outside shield move (among others) was often used by soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer and some still call it the "Beckenbauer".
{short description of image}Franz Beckenbauer


5.)  Cruyff turns.(pronounced "Crow-EEf")
AVI clip
K.C. Legends mpeg - see "Cruyff"
highlights clip #1 - (212kb)
highlights clip #2 - (385kb)
highlights clip #3 - (253kb)
JCruyff-highlight!! - (514kb)
   OK, I will admit that the "Cruyff move could easily be listed under the next heading - "Fakes to beat the opponent", but it is still a move that turns the player 180 in the opposite direction and has some similarities to both the "turn-away pull-back" and the "inside cut".
Start by dribbling the ball forward and plant your left foot near the ball as your right leg "winds-up" for a big kick or shot. Instead of shooting however, bring the right foot down and "chop" the ball backwards and underneath your left leg. You may even have to do a little "hop" or "skip" with your left foot to get it out of the way.
The difference between this move and the "turn-away pull-back" is that the "Cruyff" uses the "chop" with the inside of the foot while the pull-back uses a "scrape-roll" with the sole of the shoe.

KEY POINTS:This move takes a little practice. The classic Cruyff highlight clips show him moving diagonally to the right across the field near the opponents penalty box. He fakes a pass/kick towards the right flag but instead "chops" it underneath his left leg giving him space for a shot.
Click here for discussion on differences between "under the leg moves"

{short description of image}Cruyff "getting set!"


6.)  Stop-hop. (a.k.a. "Half Garrincha")   
AVI clip
clip #1 - "half Garrincha"- (253kb)
clip #2 - "half Garrincha"- (238kb)
   From a full run, stop the rolling ball by briefly tapping the top of it with the sole of the right foot. Allow your momentum to sway a little forward as you lift the right foot off the top of the ball and "hop" onto the ground (just beyond the stopped ball). Now your left foot comes up and rests on the ball with the cleats as you turn to the side.

KEY POINTS:This little move allows the player to come to a screeching halt, then turn just a little and switch feet to prepare for the next move or pass. In the process, the defender usually flies by and when he returns you have the ball nicely "shielded" and your head is up for the next play. If you were to continue into a full spin with a left footed ball drag, then it would become more like a "true Garrincha".

back to top


Fakes to beat the opponent


(Dribble out about 10 - 20yds. and then back again - make 10 fakes out and 10 more back, alternating feet.)
Choose 3-5.

1.)  Lunges. (a.k.a. Dummy Step Move)    
AVI clip
highlights clip - (212kb)

The lunge is a very versatile move that works standing still or at a dead run. Start dribbling the ball forwards then abruptly lunge (take a long deep step) with your left foot, to the left of the ball. Plant your left foot hard and take the ball back to the right with the outside of the right foot, on the diagonal. Accelerate. or as I like to phrase it - FAKE and FLY!

KEY POINTS: This move is the backbone of soccer feints. (In fact the "scissors", the "Rivolino", the "Matthews" and the fake kicks are all "lunge-type" moves.) Watch a Premier League game sometime to identify different kinds of moves, and the lunge (or variations on the lunge) will be the most common move by far. For instance, I don't think I have ever seen Michael Owen do any kind of "under the leg" or "spinning" fakes. He simply "faked" left, went to the right with the outside of his foot - and scored. That's the lunge at it's best. Of course it helps to have breakaway speed like Owen, but if you "explode" out of the fake, you will find space.

2.)  Double lunges.
AVI clip
highlights clip "double lunges- (280kb) (excellent clip)
  
Once the defenders catches on to the "lunge left - go right" concept, they will not be fooled as often. Then it's time for an occasional "double lunge". Here instead of lunging left and then taking the ball to the right you lunge both directions and then "go". So, lunge left followed by a big step (lunge) to the right with the right foot, but then take the ball back to the left, with the outside of the left foot.


3.) Pull V's, (a.k.a. Pullback "V" or "Puskas")   AVI clip   Start with the ball between your feet. Begin with a rapid movement with your right foot to the top of the ball and stop briefly with your cleats on top. This motion should make it appear like you are passing the ball, or taking the ball to your left side, across your body. Instead, keep your weight on your left foot and "scrape" from the inside to the outside with your right foot. This gets the ball rolling back to your right. Then turn your hips to the right and touch it with the inside of the right foot to deflect it off to the right on a diagonal. Repeat with the right foot several times and then switch to the left.
KEY POINTS:The key to this move is turning your hips to follow the ball as you roll it to the outside and slightly behind. This allows you to take control of it with the inside of your foot and proceed in a new direction. The move works best when the defender "bites" on the fake kick motion and lunges towards the ball only to find that you have pulled it back and gone away.
{short description of image}Puskas avoiding the German defender.

4.) Pull "Backwards" L's, (a.k.a. Pullback "L" or Underneath-L) 
AVI clip
K.C. Legends mpeg- see "play behind"
highlights clip #1 - (257kb)
   This is the sister move to the "V" move described above. Start with the ball between your feet. Begin with a rapid movement with your right foot to the top of the ball and stop briefly with your cleats on top. This fake kick motion should make it appear like you are passing the ball, or taking the ball to your left side, across your body. Instead, keep your weight on your left foot and "scrape" from the inside to the outside and behind, (like a pull-back) with your right foot. When the ball gets slightly behind you, tap it behind your left leg to the left side. Turn to the left and dribble off in that direction.

4A.) Simple L   AVI clip  This is the simple pullback of the ball with the sole of the right foot and then a push outside with the outside of that right foot. This is very similar to the "Fake Kick Push Outside" as described below.
KEY POINTS:The "backwards L" move takes some practice to pull off at game speed, but it is well worth it, since it provides an instant change in direction while shielding the ball, as well. If the defender "bites" on the fake kick, he nearly falls out of his cleats trying to cover the sudden change in direction after the move underneath the leg.
Click here for discussion on differences between "under the leg moves"


5.) Scissors.    
AVI clip
highlights clip #1 - (189kb)
  This is a lunge type move using an inside to outside stepover. It's a decent move but sometimes awkward to perform at high speed. Start dribbling with the ball between your feet. Plant your right foot next to the right side of the ball and swing your left leg around the ball in a counterclockwise arc, from the inside (right side) of the ball to the outside (left side) of the ball. This is an "inside to outside" stepover with the left foot. Then plant that left foot down and take the ball back to the right with the outside of the right foot. Accelerate!
There are 2 versions of this scissor type motion. The one described above when the stepover move goes out and around the the front of the ball is a "front side scissors". You can abbreviate this motion and do the stepover motion mostly behind the ball and it is a "back side scissors". They both work well if you don't just swing your legs around but actually try to fake the change in direction.

KEY POINTS:The way to get scissors to work is to "sell" the stepover as a real move or lunge to the left. Too many times players swing their legs around the ball without a lunge motion or a shoulder dip to fool the defender. If you can't get the defenders to lean the wrong way (by making them think you are actually going somewhere with the stepover), your job will be more difficult.

6.)  Double scissors.    
AVI clip
highlights clip - (337kb)
multiple scissors clip - (675kb)
  
Once the defenders catches on to the "scissors left - go right" concept, they will not be fooled as often. Then it's time for an occasional "double scissors" or "multiple scissors". Here instead of a scissors left and then taking the ball to the right you do scissor type stepovers in both directions and then take the ball. So, scissors with the left followed by an identical scissors-lunge with the right foot, and then finally take the ball back to the left, with the outside of the left foot.


7.)  Fake kick and push outside (some also refer to as Puskas)    
AVI clip
K.C. Legends mpeg- see "puskas"
R-highlight_clip #1- (669kb)
highlights clip #2 - (344kb)

This is a lunge type move but instead of a lunge to the left by stepping out with the left foot, you fake a kick to the left using your right foot. Then before putting that right foot back down, push off your still planted left foot, and take the ball to the right with the outside of the right foot. Accelerate!
7 A.) Fake kick and cut inside.    AVI clip  Same as above, but change direction with a cut instead of a push.


8.)  Rivelino. (Stepover-push outside or a.k.a. Reverse Scissors)    
AVI clip
K.C. Legends mpeg- see "Rivelino"
Rivelino "variation" #1- (266kb)
multiple scissors & Rivelino #2 - (315kb)
This is a lunge type move which involves a stepover like the scissors but in the opposite direction. Plant your left foot behind and to the left of the ball and swing your right foot around (or over) the ball in a counterclockwise arc, from the outside right around to the inside left. Then push off your still planted left foot to the right, and take the ball with the outside of your right foot. Accelerate! As the highlight clips show, players often combine this move with scissor stepovers and drag rolls.
If you perform the "Rivelino" outside to inside stepover, and then take the ball completely back in the opposite direction, then it becomes more like a "stepover turn" or a "stepover 180".

KEY POINTS:Once again to "sell" this move the stepover must be convincing. The defender has to buy into the thought that you are going to shoot or accelerate in the direction of the stepover before you actually explode in the other direction. This move can be done facing the defender or with your back to them. For example, you can shield the ball deep in their corner, your back to the defender, then do the "Rivelino stepover" to turn and find space for a cross.
Rivelino is probably best remembered for his phenomenal "cannon-like" shot, but his use of this particular "stepover" move has also become part of our terminology.
{short description of image}Roberto Rivelino, 1974 World Cup - West Germany


9.)  Matthews. (a.k.a. Inside Out Move or "Touch and Go")    
AVI clip
K.C. Legends mpeg- see "Matthews"
clip#1 - simple Matthews- (281kb)
Multi-tap-Matthews-like- (378kb)
- (This clip starts with an extra touch (tap) and then a Matthews.)

Dribble forward and then with the inside of your right foot, touch the ball slightly to the left, as if you were going to cut that way. Instead, push off the left foot and take the ball back to the right with the outside off the right foot. It is essential to add a "little hop" to the left (with both feet) when beginning this move while you are lightly touching the ball to the inside. This keeps the left foot out of the way and in a better more balanced position to "drive" off sharply to the right.

KEY POINTS:This is an advanced approach to the basic "lunge" move. Like the "drag- swerve" below, the little movement of the ball in the wrong direction really helps "sell" the fake.

9 A.)  Fake Matthews
AVI clip
K.C. Legends mpeg Fake Matthews with scissors- see "Matthews Stepover"
This move starts just like the Matthews complete with the all important "little hop" (with both feet) to initially move the ball to the inside. But instead of taking the ball back to the outside you step past the ball with the right foot towards the right in a little lunge motion. Then you take the ball away with the outside of the left foot to the left. After the first hop and touch, the rest of the move feels a lot like a double lunge.

9 B.) Reverse Matthews    
AVI clip
highlights clip #1 - (582kb)
clip #2 - "flipflap" variation- (530kb)
  With this move the ball is pushed to the outside with a slight touch and the all important "little hop" (with both feet). Then it is taken quickly back to the inside with the inside of the right foot with a sharp cut.

{short description of image}Sir Stanley Matthews "ready to push to the right!"


10.) Half-Preki.    
AVI clip
highlights clip - 253kb
  Begin with a little lean or lunge out to the right side of the ball by lifting your right foot and stepping down lightly beside the ball. Do not put any weight onto this right foot. Instead shift your weight to the left and plan to "scrape" your cleats over the top of the ball, from the right side to the left, to begin it rolling to the left. After the ball has crossed completely in front of your body, use the inside of your left foot to touch it forward around the defender. Accelerate!
10 A.)"Full"-Preki.    
AVI clip
highlights clip - 322kb
clip #2 -Full Preki & more- 321kb

This move begins very much the same as above, but after the drag roll to the left, add a "step-over" (a Rivelino-like move) with the left foot - then as the ball continues to the left take it away with the outside of the left foot. On the highlights clips you will see the pro's add a lot more.
{short description of image}Preki "U.S. cap this time..."


11.) Maradona or Garrincha.    
AVI clip
K.C. Legends mpeg - see "Maradona Turn"
"Maradona move" highlight clip- (376kb) (excellent clip)
clip #2 - "half Garrincha"- (253kb)
clip #3 - "half Garrincha"- (238kb)
This move is a spinning move. I teach it by learning the 3 components. Stop, Hop and Spin. Dribble the ball forward and then stop it with the sole (cleats) of your right shoe by briefly putting your foot on top of the ball. Then hop that same foot over to the other side of the now motionless ball. For an instant, you have "straddled" the ball. Finally, spin (counterclockwise) over the top of the ball and as your left foot reaches the ball pull it with you by scraping across the top. This will cause it to roll with you as you complete the spin to face the original direction. As you become more proficient, the middle part of the move (the hop-turn ) is done with both feet in the air for an instant.This describes the "Garrincha". Don't hesitate to change direction as you complete the spin and head off into open space for a pass or shot.
A "Maradona" is similar but instead of initially stopping the ball with the cleats, the ball is pulled back and slightly to the side where it is collected by the other foot as the player spins over the top of the ball. See Zidane in the highlight clip above "smoke" a perfectly executed Maradona. But like the Garrincha, it still involves an initial touch with the sole of the first foot, and then a rapid spin to collect the ball with the sole of the other foot.

{short description of image}
Garrincha "in action!"
{short description of image}
Maradona "....any questions?"

12.)  Stop and Go ( drag roll, "stop-hop", and Beardsley variations)    
AVI clip
K.C. Legends var. #1 - see "Stop hop & play
K.C. Legends var. #2 - see "Beardsley" - large clip
  Begin with your right foot on the ball with your cleats touching the top. Scrape your foot to the left to set the ball into motion, rolling to the left. Then stop it for an instant with your left foot, before you quickly "scrape" it again and get it rolling again to the left. Review the K.C.Legends clips for 2 other variations. The Beardsley is sometimes referred to as a "Hip Swivel".
KEY POINTS:This move works well down the wing to find space for a cross. (e.g. Cobi Jones). It also works at the 18yd. line to make room for a shot.


13.)  Scotch Moves
(three variations - "straight"/"stepover"/"step-on"(Kenzie).
AVI clip
highlights clip #1- (283kb)
highlights clip #2 - 265kb
K.C. Legends mpeg (Scotch-like after "tap")- see "Tap Behind"
   These are all moves that redirect the ball underneath the leg, (but in a different fashion than the Cruyff or "pullback L"). The basic manuever ("straight Scotch", if you will) starts with stepping over the ball with the left foot. After placing that foot down use the inside of your right foot to tap it underneath your left leg and off to the left side at an angle. Turn to the left and take it with your left foot. Yes, this is similar to the famous Cruyff but doesn't really start with a fake kicking motion and then a chopping movement. It is more of a quick little "tap" underneath the support foot.
The "stepover" variation uses the left foot to momentarily stop the ball then it proceeds to step beyond the ball and finally the right foot finishes by cutting it underneath that left leg with the inside of the right foot. And the "step-on" or "drag-out" variation stops the ball and even "drags" it to the outside with the sole of the foot and then knocks it underneath the left foot which has stepped beyond the ball.
KEY POINTS: I've seen this move work really well and I've also seen players end up in collisions sith the defense. Unless the defense is really "wrong-footed", begin this move a little further out from the defender to avoid crashing into them.
Click here for discussion on differences between "under the leg moves"


14.)  Drag Swerve    
AVI clip

This move is similar to the Matthews without as much of a "little hop". Begin the ball rolling to the inside by dragging accross it with the sole of the right foot. Before touching the right foot to the ground, use the outside aspect to push the ball back to the outside. The left leg stays planted throughout the entire "swerve" motion and then pushes off in the new direction.

KEY POINTS:OK, this "family" of moves has to be my favorite. The Drag Swerve and it's sister move the Reverse Drag Swerve are deceptively simple, but so very effective. Like the Matthews moves, the feint is "sold" on the little drag movement of the ball before exploding in the opposite direction. Another bonus is that the move begins with the sole of the foot on the ball which allows multiple options (pullback, pull "V", pull backwards "L", half Preki, etc.) if it looks like the Drag move is inappropriate. These moves are especially effective on a smooth field, indoors or with Futsal. If the field is rough the Matthews moves probably work a little better. Have fun.

14 A.) Drag Scissors (a.k.a. Fake Drag Swerve)    
AVI clip
highlights clip #1 - 337kb
  This move starts out just like the Drag Swerve with a little drag roll to the inside using the sole of the right foot. Then instead of "swerving" out with the outside of the right foot, you do a right footed scissors move, stepping over and around the front of the ball, finally taking it away with the outside of the left foot. It feels a little like the "full Preki" move which is a drag to the inside followed by a Rivelino stepover with the other foot, whereas here it is a "scissors" with the dragging foot.


14 B.) Outside-Inside Swerve (a.k.a. the Reverse Drag Swerve or "the Ronaldo")    
highlights clip #1 - (582kb)
highlights clip #2 - (1,055kb)
highlights clip #3- (267kb )

This move is a swerve first to the outside and then back with the inside. The left foot stays planted while you push the ball out with the outside of the right foot. Without losing contact with the ball, switch the right foot around to the outside and then cut inwards accross your body with the inside of your foot and accelerate. This move is very similar to the "Reverse Matthews" but the left foot stays planted and doesn't do the "little hop" to the right at the beginning.


15.)  Inside-inside Swerve    
AVI clip
highlights clip #1- 156kb
  This is another deceptively simple little move that I have seen work wonders. It begins as a sharp cut to the inside using the inside of the right foot, then immediately cut the ball back with the inside of the left foot to dart past the opponent. This has to go "bang-bang" with no steps in between the cuts. It feels a little like doing the actual inbetween drill in warmups, but you explode forward.

KEY POINTS:The key here is to sell the first sharp cut as a move in that new direction. This may make the defender "put on the brakes" and "poke" out at the ball becoming "wrong footed". Of course, your intention was not to change direction at all, and you fly into the left foot cut that takes you back on your original course as you "brush" past the defender.

back to top


The differences between the "under the leg" moves:

OK, I know the most important concept with all these moves is really just to fake left-go right, and then find space for a pass, shot or run. And it doesn't really matter what the move is called if we make the play.......

"We don't need no stinkin' names...."

But if you have read this far, you must have an interest, (like I do), in being accurate. For example, many times I will visit a practice and see every "under the leg" move called a Cryuff. So here are the subtle differences between the pullback ("turn-with" &" turn-away"), the pull backwards "L", the Cruyff, and the Scotch moves

The Pull Backwards "L" or "Underneath L" is almost a 3 step move. The first step is a fake kick motion up onto the ball. The second is a drag backwards with the sole (cleats) to prepare the ball for the tap underneath. The third motion is a tap with the inside of that same foot that redirects the ball underneath the support leg and into the new direction.

The Pullback ("turn-with" & "turn away") moves utilize the sole (cleats) of the shoe to "drag" the ball back towards the new direction, in one swift pivoting motion. The "turn-away" pullback is slightly different from a Cruyff in that it uses the sole of the foot to drag the ball backwards. The Cruyff uses the inside of the foot with a little "chop", usually after a fake kick motion.

The Cruyff is a one step move that uses the inside of the foot to "chop" the ball underneath the support leg in a radically new direction. The key is setting up the support leg in the correct position, and also swiveling the body a little, to make room for the ball to pass beneath the leg. Note that the sole (cleats) are not part of this move. Furthermore, Coerver and Vogelsinger often describe the "fake kick" motion associated with the beginning this move, and then that same leg "chops" the ball underneath the support leg.

The Scotch Moves or "Play Ball Behind" Moves are one step moves that like the Cruyff, utilize the inside of the foot and usually not the sole (cleats). But this move doesn't change the direction the player is heading as much as the Cruyff, which is nearly a 180 degree change. The Scotch moves are more like a basketball guard passing the ball behind his back while continuing to advance in generally the same direction.

back to top



Coaches and Players:
Thank you for visiting strongsoccer.com! I hope you find the information and clips useful. Please note, however that viewing and downloading the clips (from the highlights section), uses a tremendous amount of bandwidth (data transfer), which results in much more expensive webhosting expenses. This is a "free-site" and I would like to ask you to help with the project. We really only need about $400/year to provide adequate bandwidth. If everyone helps a little, it shouldn't be a problem.
You can help in several ways:
1.) Next time you discover that you need a soccer related item(s), use a link below to visit one of the affiliate webstores to make a purchase. They will return strongsoccer a tiny commission. These are very well stocked soccer oriented stores and they will deliver in less that a week. Choose from balls, rebounders, t-shirts, practice jerseys, mini-goals, books, tapes, DVD's, gifts, awards and more. Browse the items below or Click Here for additional links.

2.) If you have found the information useful and have enjoyed downloading the content, consider sending a small donation to strongsoccer to pay for the webhosting. (Just think of all the money you have saved by not having to buy tapes/books and DVD's.) This is the "tip-jar" concept or the "honor-system" approach to maintaining free-websites, like strongsoccer.com. I have set up a way to make small donations thru the Amazon.com -Honor System Program. (Click Here for information.)

3.)As always, if you run across a clip of a great feint or interesting combo move, send it my way and we will share it with others.
 Thank You!!!! - J.A.K.     {short description of image}

{short description of image}
  Strongsoccer staff Jim & Beth King.
  {short description of image}

This document maintained by James King
Material Copyright © 2002 - 2004