||With non-kicking foot even with ball and body leaning slightly forward,
strike ball with inside of kicking foot.
||If the player's toes point up, the ball with stay down, which is usually
desirable. Bend the knees, point the non-kicking foot toward the target,
and be sure to have upper body leaning slightly forward.
||Receive the Ball with Inside of Foot
||Raise receiving foot off of ground slightly, with toes pointing up. Cushion
ball and play it off to either side of the body.
||It is better to control the ball off to the side of the body than to stop
it dead, which helps the defense
||Hold the Ball
||Using arms as "feelers" and using body as a shield, keep ball away from
||A player is allowed to use her arms to shield, usually as long as her
elbows stay down. If player bends his knees, she will shield the defender
from the ball much more effectively.
||With non-kicking foot even with ball, strike ball with laces of kicking
foot. In striking the ball, the knee of the kicking leg comes over the top
of the ball.
||If the non-kicking foot is placed behind the ball, the shot will rise,
particularly if the upper body leans back slightly.
||Place sole of foot on top of ball, pull ball back toward the body, and
||Have players imagine two players trying to push the ball through each
other; a pull back turn can be effective for getting out of traffic.
||Alternate using both sides of one foot, play ball forward, keeping it
close to the body.
||Keeping the ball close is important if you don't want defenders to get
it away from you. Also, make sure that your eyes constantly switch between
the ball and the field.
||While dribbling the ball forward with your right foot, take a small hop
forward. As you land on your left leg, you will "load up" your left leg
like a spring.
||The skip step gives you the ability to explode suddenly to the left or
to the right
||Stop and Go
||While dribbling forward, do a skip step, and then stop the ball with the
sole of the foot. Accelerate quickly forward, "popping" the ball forward
with laces or instep
||Change of speed is an essential technique in attacking.
||Plant non-kicking leg as if to execute a shot. Start kicking motion, but
||The hope in executing a fake kick is that a defender will turn her back,
or will turn sideways. Watch for the defender's reaction and pull the ball
in another direction.
||Chip the Ball
||Chip the ball over the head of an equal sized player standing two strides
||Feet are position similar to push pass, but upper body leans more forward.
Strike underside of ball with a short, downward chopping motion.
||To receive ball with chest, push chest forward, then allow chest to soften
impact of ball, dropping to the ground on one side of body.
||As ball makes contact with a player's chest, his shoulders push forward,
allowing chest to soften impact, creating a "catcher's mitt" to trap ball.
||Chop the ball across the body with inside of first foot, and push ball
ahead with inside of the other foot.
||When a defensive player is rushing you, the ability to pull the ball in
and play it to the side will allow you to escape pressure.
||Little Toe Chop
||Using outside of one foot, turn ball in a complete circle.
||A player must bend her knees, and get body low to the ground in order
to turn with speed and power.
||Big Toe Chop
||Using inside of one foot, turn ball in a complete circle.
||Similar to above. This move can also be executed using the sole of the
||Pull the V
||Put sole of right foot on ball, and pull the ball back towards standing
position. Using the right foot, play the ball across to the left foot. Play
the ball ahead at a 45° angle with left foot.
||Another move for getting out of a traffic jam, and into clear space.
||Pull the L
||Start with ball in front of you. Pull back just like the “V” move, and
pass the ball behind your standing leg. Repeat with the other foot.
||Another way to get out of a traffic jam.
||Head the Ball
||Strike ball with the top of the forehead, just at the hairline.
||Keep your eyes open as long as possible to track the ball. Typically,
offensive players want to head the ball downward toward goal.
||Step Over 180
||Step over ball, turn 180° and take ball away with the outside of foot.
||A move for reversing the flow of play while keeping the body in a position
to shield the ball from defenders.
||Brush ball across body with inside of foot, push ball with outside of
the same foot at a 45° angle.
||Don't play the ball too hard on the first touch you just need to get the
defender leaning to one side before you accelerate off in the other.
||A fake kick combined with pulling the L. Fake a kick, then pull the ball
behind your standing leg, and into space.
||This dribble fake is executed by stepping over the ball with the front
foot, as if to play it with the inside of the that foot. Then play the ball
away with the outside of the front foot, and accelerate away at a 45° angle.
||Similar to the Matthews, just without the actual first touch.
||As you approach a defender, swivel you hips, and swing your left foot
around the front of the ball as though to cut to the left. Swivel your hips
back to the right and play the ball forward.
||As you play the ball forward with the inside of your right foot, accelerate.
||Play the ball forward toward the defender with your right foot. Spin your
body so that your back is to the defender for a moment. As you spin, drag
the ball with your right foot in a pull back motion so that you continue
in the same direction you were going originally.
||The is not a move to try when the defender is in a position to tackle
hard, as you will not be able to see him until you are lying on the ground
||With ball approaching you from behind, fall backwards into a backward
roll. Extend both arms behind yourself to cushion your fall. Strike ball
as your kicking leg swings over head.
||This is not a move to try in traffic, as a caution for dangerous play
will be called. Some players recommend practicing the controlled fall on
a mat, or some other padded material in order to get a feel for how to land
||Place one foot directly in front of ball, and with inside of the other
foot, pull ball upward onto heel of front foot. Flick front leg upward,
sending ball up and over your head.