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For a "printer-friendly" version of the "500
Fakes" & mini-practice, for outside practice.
I.) Juggling practice (5
(click here for details
on teaching "juggling" and games)
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
Warm-up touches- (click here
for detailed descriptions)
(click the highlighted
skill for detailed descriptions and an AVI clip)
- In-betweens with
step-over 180 turn. (15 in-betweens up then stepover turn and go back 2
- Toe touches moving
forward alternating feet. (Do 15 up and back 2 times with "pullback"
- Toe touches
moving backwards alternating feet.(Do 15 up and back 2
- Side hop rolls moving
forward, first right foot then back with left. (Up and back 2-4
- Outside foot
touches with "fast feet" between touches. (Up and back 2-4
- Speed Changes with sudden stop,
("Hop-stop"). (Up and back several times.)
- Outside to
inside roll right foot across body, touch forward with left
Alternate. (Do 10 up and back 2 times.)
to outside roll right foot out to the (right) side, touch forward
with right foot.
Alternate. (Do 10 up and back 2 times.)
- Skip touches.
(Skip forward touching the ball with the front foot, each skip.)
- "Run Throughs" Smother or trap while
running through a tossed ball. (Up and back several times.)
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
- Pull backs -
"turn with" or Pull backs -
- Fake kick into
inside cut or Outside
- Stepover 180 turns
- inside foot. or Stepover 180
turns - outside foot.
- Shield turns.
(Dribble out then "inside" cut the ball multiple times to turn a complete "540"
and return.) or Outside Shield Turns.
- Stop-hop ("Half
Fakes to beat the opponent-
(click here for details)
about 10 - 20yds. and then back again - make 10 fakes out and 10 more back,
Choose 3-5 moves
- Pull V's,
alternating feet. (Up and back 2 times.)
- Pull "backwards"
L's, alternating feet. (Up and back 2 times.)
- Fake kick and
push outside or Fake kick and cut
- Matthews or Reverse
Matthews or Fake Matthews
- Preki and Half
- Maradona or
- Stop and
- Drag Swerve or
Reverse Drag-Swerve or Fake Drag-Swerve
III.) Kicking Power (3 min.) -
(click here for details)
- 25-50 hard kicks or volleys into the
- 25 instep (shoelace) drives.
- 25 with the inside of the
- 25 hard shots with the outside of the
- Try to do all of the above while
controlling the rebound with 2 touches.
IV.) Play Soccer Tennis! (5
min.) 2 or more people needed. (click here
here for a "printer-friendly" version.)
-the 500 Fakes (in detail)-
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.
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
1.) In-betweens with step-over 180
-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.
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
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.
Toe touches moving backwards and alternating
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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. back to top
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
(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.)
- "turn with" pullback
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.
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"
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.
Stepover 180 turns.
AVI clip - "take away inside
AVI clip - "take away
#1 - (294kb)
clip#2 - (219kb)
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.)
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.
Shield turns. (a.k.a. 3/4 turn or "Spin
highlights clip "inside shield turn" -
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
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.
shield move (among others) was often used by soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer
and some still call it the "Beckenbauer".
Cruyff turns.(pronounced "Crow-EEf")
Legends mpeg - see "Cruyff"
highlights clip #1 - (212kb)
highlights clip #2 - (385kb)
highlights clip #3 - (253kb)
(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".
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
Click here for discussion on
differences between "under the leg moves"
Cruyff "getting set!"
Stop-hop. (a.k.a. "Half Garrincha") back to top
clip #1 - "half Garrincha"-
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
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
(Dribble out about 10 - 20yds.
and then back again - make 10 fakes out and 10 more back, alternating feet.)
Lunges. (a.k.a. Dummy Step Move)
highlights clip - (212kb)
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.
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
3.) Pull V's, (a.k.a. Pullback "V" or
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.
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.
Puskas avoiding the German
4.) Pull "Backwards" L's, (a.k.a. Pullback "L" or
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.
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.
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"
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.
highlights clip - (337kb)
multiple scissors clip -
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
Fake kick and push outside (some also refer to as
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.
7 A.) Fake kick and cut
clip Same as above, but change direction with a cut
instead of a push.
Rivelino. (Stepover-push outside or a.k.a. Reverse
Legends mpeg- see "Rivelino"
Rivelino "variation" #1-
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
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
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.
probably best remembered for his phenomenal "cannon-like" shot, but his use of
this particular "stepover" move has also become part of our terminology.
Roberto Rivelino, 1974
World Cup - West Germany
Matthews. (a.k.a. Inside Out Move or "Touch and
Legends mpeg- see "Matthews"
- 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.
A.) Fake Matthews
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.
B.) Reverse Matthews
highlights clip #1
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.
Sir Stanley Matthews "ready
to push to the right!"
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!
highlights clip - 322kb
clip #2 -Full Preki & more-
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
Preki "U.S. cap this
11.) Maradona or
Legends mpeg - see "Maradona Turn"
"Maradona move" highlight clip- (376kb)
clip #2 - "half
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.
Garrincha "in action!"
Maradona "....any questions?"
Stop and Go ( drag roll, "stop-hop", and Beardsley
Legends var. #1 - see "Stop hop & play
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
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.
(three variations -
highlights clip #1- (283kb)
highlights clip #2 - 265kb
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
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.
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
Click here for discussion on
differences between "under the leg moves"
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)
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 -
highlights clip #3-
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.
Swerve back to top
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
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.
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...."
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
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
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
back to top
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