Soccer Player Skill Development

The Ronaldinho Ankle Snap

Some players move their entire leg and or body with the ball when they want to change directions. This can work although depending on how the play is developing around you it may not be the best move. If this is the case, it is time to implement the Ronaldinho ankle snap. This move is the fastest way to change directions and speed within a split second! You no longer have to move your entire body or leg around the ball in order to go from left to right. You will be able to shake any defender and immediately be on the offensive. This is the fastest way to change your pace. When performing this move on the straight run or when moving from left to right, well…defenders watch out!

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The Secret to Trapping the Ball

When bringing a high ball down under control in one touch we often use the inside of our foot. There is nothing wrong with this approach but it is important to learn how to use the other parts of the foot depending on how the play is developing around you. Sometimes it is faster to bring the ball down with the top of your foot instead of the inside of the foot. However, when players try to bring the ball down with the top of their foot they often make a fundamental mistake which is: they use the laces part of the foot.

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Perfecting the “hang” when heading the ball

Heading the ball is not a complicated part of the game of soccer yet many players fail to perform the header properly. Heading the ball isn’t simply about jumping and heading the ball, but instead being in total control when in the air and knowing exactly where you want to direct the ball. When heading the ball, some players create the “hang” effect which makes them appear to be in the air for a slightly longer period of time than their opponents. This allows them to be in total control and ultimately win the header.

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Clearing the ball in the defensive end

Clearing the ball in the defensive end is not enough.  When you clear the ball you have to have purpose.  This is especially true when clearing the ball from corner kicks.  Many players make the mistake of clearing the ball up the middle of the field…we all know where those clearances usually end up: right back into your net.  Here are 3 tips to make sure you effectively clear the ball every time.

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The Secret to the Step Over

We’ve all seen the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldo from Brazil perform the step over. When this move is well executed it can put any defender on their back heels and thus give you advantage going forward with the ball. There is a key to this move that is often overlooked by many players. Some do it instinctively while others only at times. However, if you do this all the time you will always have the advantage.

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The Ronaldinho Flip Flap

Watching this move at full speed the way Ronaldinho does it is unbelievable. Ronaldinho is by far the best player in the world to do the flip flap. However, many players make the mistake of seeing it and thinking they can’t do it. Few players train to perfect this move and never add it to their bag of tricks. This move, like many of Ronaldinho’s other moves, originate from futsal. Therefore, futsal is a great place to practice this move. However, the move is surprisingly more deceiving than it is difficult. Below I have shared a few tips to get help you started so that soon you can do the flip flap. 

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The Perfect Goal

The Brazilian national soccer team that won the 1970 World Cup in Mexico was a team that we can always learn from. They played some of the best possession and attacking football seen to this day.

Watch the build up and finally triumphant goal that Carlos Alberto scored off the Pele assist in the 1970 world cup versus Italy. The Brazilian players were calm and collective with the ball in their defense third all the way into the offensive third before the goal was scored. What an incredible play to witness. I can only imagine what it must have felt like to be in the stadium and witness this moment of history with my own eyes.

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