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Foot Skill Descriptions

Lex's Basic Foot Skills



The Basic foot skills are the building blocks for the game of soccer. The fastest way to elevate a player's game is for them to work on and improve their basic foot skills. Foot skills make excellent soccer "homework". Encourage and enable your players to spend as much time as possible with the ball. Players should begin by focusing on performing the technique properly, then, as the technique improves work on performing the skill using only peripheral vision. Being able to play with your head up is key to playing at the next level. As players develop their peripheral vision, they should work on increasing the speed at which they can perform each skill. To add to the complexity, as players master these skills, they should practice performing them while moving and then moving at speed keeping their head up.

Inside - Inside
Start with the ball between the feet. Touch the ball with the inside of one foot to the inside of the other foot. Repeat. This is the foundation of dribbling and the most basic skill needed to move the ball forward under control.

Toe Touches
Start with the ball between the feet slightly forward of an imaginary line drawn between the toes. Touch the ball with the bottom of the toes, first with one foot, then with the other. Repeat. This skill is rarely used in the context of a game, however, it is easy for the younger player to master and gives them a "feel" for the ball and helps develop some of the motor skills needed for the game.

Pull Touch
Start with the ball between the feet slightly forward of an imaginary line drawn between the toes. Pull the ball back with the bottom of the foot. As the ball moves back, the foot will move down the ball toward the ground. Touch the ball forward with the laces (top) of the same foot. Reach and pull the ball back with the other foot then touch it forward again with the top of that foot, alternating feet. Repeat

Roll Side
Start with the ball between the feet. Place the right foot on top of the ball and roll the ball to the right, away from the center of the body. As the foot rolls the ball, it will move off the top of the ball and down the side of the ball to the ground. Push the ball back to the center with the inside of the right foot. Place the left foot on top of the ball and roll the ball to the left, away from the center of the body. As the foot rolls the ball, it will move off the top of the ball and down the side of the ball to the ground. Push the ball back to the center with the inside of the left foot. Repeat.

Pull Backs
Start with the ball in front of the right foot. Place the right foot on top of the ball and pull the ball backwards in a straight line under the body and behind. Turn the body 180 degrees to face in the opposite direction. Place the left foot on top of the ball and pull the ball backwards in a straight line under the body and behind. Turn the body 180 degrees back to the starting position. Repeat.

Outside - Inside
Start with the ball between the feet. The first touch is with the outside of the right foot, moving the ball sideways away from the center of the body and to the right. The second touch is with the inside of the same foot, back across towards the left foot. The left foot then pushes the ball sideways away from the center of the body and to the left. The next touch is with the inside of the same foot, back across towards the right foot. Repeat.

Touch-Touch Roll
Start with the ball between the feet. First, touch with the inside of the right foot towards the Left foot, second touch with the inside of the Left foot towards the Right foot. The third touch is with the bottom of the Right foot, rolling the ball toward the Left foot. The process begins again except now the first touch is with the Left foot to the right foot, back to the Left foot which rolls the ball towards the Right foot. Repeat

Combination
Start with the ball between the feet. First, touch with the inside of the right foot towards the Left foot, second touch with the inside of the Left foot towards the Right foot. The third touch is with the inside of the Right foot but pushing the ball diagonally forward in front of the Left foot. The Left foot reaches forward and pulls the ball back towards the player. The left foot then begins the process again by touching the ball to the right foot, which touches the ball back to the left foot which pushes the ball forward diagonally for the right foot to pull back. Repeat

Pulling a V inside
Start with the ball in front of one foot. Pull the ball back diagonally towards the opposite foot. Play the ball diagonally forward with the inside of that foot. If you pull the ball back with the right foot forming one arm of the V, you must play the ball forward with the Left foot to form the other arm of the V. The path the ball follows will be in the shape of a V. Pulling a V requires a quick change in the center of gravity of the player. The player must hop to shift their weight from one standing foot to the other in order to play the ball forward with the opposite foot.

Pulling a V outside
Start with the ball in front of one foot. Pull the ball back diagonally towards the opposite foot. Play the ball diagonally forward with the outside of that foot. The path the ball follows will be in the shape of a V

Cut catch inside
This is inside - inside as a move to beat an opponent.
The first touch has to be done with force with the inside of the foot, hence "cut" and the second foot "catches" the ball with the inside of the foot to play it around the opponent.

Cut catch outside
This is inside - outside as a move to beat an opponent.
The first touch has to be done with force hence "cut" and the second foot plays the ball with the outside of the foot to push it around the opponent.


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