Trapping The Ball Techniques Explained
Trapping the ball is an important skill you need to master as soccer player. It doesn't matter if it is a pass from a teammate, a clearance from the goalkeeper or a 40 yard cross pass, maintaining the possession of ball is crucial.
The difference between professional and amateur soccer is the quality of the first touch.
Trapping the ball in 3 steps
1. Your foot should be 2-3 inches off the ground.
2. You toes should point up.
3. Now use the sole of your foot to stop the ball.
Here is how to trap a ball that is bouncing
1. Try to figure out where the ball will bounce.
2. Move yourself to that spot.
3. Now, turn the foot sideways.
4. Lift your foot slowly off the ground.
5. Directly after the ball hits the ground use your instep to touch it.
6. The backspin of the ball should roll it toward you.
Keep in mind that figuring out where the ball will land or bounce takes some time to master especially if you are new to soccer.
The most important thing with trapping is to gain control over the ball. You don’t need to make it look pretty every time.
- Arial spin balls can make ball trapping pretty complicated. When a ball is spinning toward you, it should be trapped by moving your foot gently backward. A ball with backward spin should be trapped by using only the upper of your foot.
- A side spin should be sandwiched between your foot and the ground when it is possible of course. It can also be flicked upward to your thigh height which will should neutralize spin on the ball.
- Keep in mind to let your foot move back with the ball as the ball hit your foot. You should not lock your foot. If you do so, the ball will just bounce off just like hitting a wall.
- Have your body relaxed and don’t be scare to fail.
Remember this: You may have great talent but without hard practice you will never become a good soccer player. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start to practice :-)
- Basic soccer ball skills required for soccer training.
- Learn how to defend in soccer.
- The preparations before joining a training camp for soccer.
- Simple but yet effective soccer training techniques.
- Learn how to improve your first touch.
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