The U-Turn Step-Over

THE U-TURN STEP-OVER

Portugal and Man. City baller Bernardo Silva uses this epic 1 v 1 move all the time when he’s trying to shield the ball from an opponent that’s to the side or in front of him. It helps him retain possession when he’s being closely marked! You can learn how to do it below...

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MATCH ACADEMY TIP!
 

When performing the step-over part of the U-Turn Step-Over, make sure to sell the dummy to the defender by making it look like you’re going to perform a fast touch away from yourself. This will make the defender speed up while you change direction and leave them choking on your dust!

BALL MASTERY – FANCY TOE TAPS
 

  1. Tap the top of the ball with the sole of your left foot, repeat using the sole of your right foot.

  2. Bring your left foot to the right side of the ball. Reach behind your standing leg with your right foot and tap the ball.

  3. Repeat the action, working both feet equally, start slowly and gradually speed up making sure to have eyes-up while performing the skill.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – U-TURN
 

  1. Take a touch forward with your left foot.

  2. Now use the ball part of your right foot on top of the ball to change direction.

  3. Accelerate away with your right foot!

    Make sure to work both feet equally!

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – U-TURN STEP-OVER
 

  1. Take a touch forward with your left foot.

  2. Now use the ball part of your right foot on top of the ball to change direction.

  3. Use the same foot to step-over the ball and touch away, accelerate away with your left foot.

    Make sure to work both feet equally!

Dribble Cuts

DRIBBLE CUTS

Dribbling is one of the best ways to beat your man, and Leicester and England wonderkid Demarai Gray is a top talent at busting out mazy runs with the ball! Here’s an epic ball mastery skill to help you become a demon dribbler like him!

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MATCH ACADEMY TIP!
 

Have soft knees and keep your body over the top of the ball for balance. Sneak a look in front and to the side as you move forward with the ball to see opponents, team-mates and space. Try challenging yourself, too – count how many touches you can make in ten seconds and try to beat your score each time!

BALL MASTERY – DRIBBLE CUTS
 

  1. Tap the ball with the outside of your right foot, then cut the ball back with the inside of the same foot.

  2. Tap the ball with the outside of your left foot, then cut the ball back with the inside of the same foot.

  3. Repeat the sequence, start slowly then gradually build up speed.

The Double Side Step

THE DOUBLE SIDE STEP

Juventus and Colombia speedster Juan Cuadrado is always using the Side Step and Double Side Step to create space to the left or right of an opponent that’s either in front or behind him in a 1 v 1 situation! You can learn how to do it below...

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MATCH ACADEMY TIP!
 

When performing this move, have eyes-up so you can see team-mates, opponents and space. Travel slightly away from the space you want to move into – this will move the defender and give you more time – then accelerate away using a fast touch using the furthest foot from the defender.

BALL MASTERY – OUTSIDE CUT SIDE STEP
 

  1. Tap the ball with the outside of your right foot then step behind the ball with the outside of the same foot.

  2. Tap the ball with the outside of your left foot then step behind the ball with the outside of the same foot.

  3. Repeat the sequence, sneak a look in front/to the side, have soft knees and be over the ball for balance.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – SIDE STEP
 

  1. Step behind the ball with the outside of your foot and dip your shoulder.

  2. As your foot touches the ground, use the outside of your opposite foot to push the ball away.

  3. Accelerate away!

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – DOUBLE SIDE STEP
 

  1. Step behind the ball with the outside of your foot and dip your shoulder.

  2. As your foot touches the ground, step behind the ball with the outside of the opposite foot.

  3. Push the ball away in the opposite direction with the outside of your closest foot, then accelerate away!

The High Wave

THE HIGH WAVE

PSG and Argentina wing wizard Angel Di Maria loves using this epic stop-start 1 v 1 move to create space away from an opponent that’s to his side! It's perfect for busting out in wide areas if you’re looking to create space to cross the ball, or when moving across goal to have a shot. Learn more about the awesome skill below!

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MATCH ACADEMY TIP!
 

Always use your furthest foot from the defender and upper body to protect the ball. When performing the High Wave, decelerate as you wave your foot over the ball to slow your opponent down before changing speed and accelerating away!

BALL MASTERY – SOLE HEEL ROLE
 

  1. Place the sole of your right foot on the ball.

  2. Now roll your foot forwards & backward from your sole to your heel.

  3. At the same time, hop on your standing leg (left).

    Repeat the action above using your left foot

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – HIGH WAVE
 

  1. Take a touch forward, slow down and wave your foot over the ball to make the defender think you’re going to step-on with your sole.

  2. Instead, bring your foot back behind the ball.

  3. Push the ball forward with the laces part of your foot and accelerate away.

    Then repeat with your opposite foot

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – THE STEP-ON
 

  1. Take a touch forward and then step-on the ball with the sole of your right foot.

  2. Move over the top of the ball and turn to your left.

  3. Take a touch forward with your left foot and accelerate away.

    Then repeat with your opposite foot

The Reserve Drag Push

THE REVERSE DRAG PUSH

The Reverse Drag Push is an epic skill that Barça ace Lionel Messi uses to create space either side of his man-marker in tight situations. It’s perfect in 1 v 1s when the opponent is blocking Leo from in front or behind! Keep reading for tips and tutorials on how to do it!

MATCH ACADEMY TIP!
 

When performing The Reverse Drag Push, have eyes up so you can see everything on the pitch. Travel slightly away from the space you want to go into, then bust the move out – this will unbalance your opponent. Take a fast touch away, then unleash your shot with the furthest foot from the defender!

BALL MASTERY – INSIDE/OUTSIDE CUTS
 

  1. Cut the ball from side to side with the inside & outside of your right foot.

  2. Have soft knees and keep your body over the top of the ball for balance.

  3. Sneak a look in front and to the side as you move forward with the ball.

    Now repeat with your left foot

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – DRAG PUSH
 

  1. Tap the ball with the inside of your foot – at the same time, hop in that direction.

  2. As your hopping foot lands, use the outside of the opposite foot to push the ball away.

  3. Now accelerate away in the opposite direction.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – REVERSE DRAG PUSH
 

  1. Tap the ball with the inside of your foot – at the same time, hop in that direction.

  2. As your hopping foot lands, use the outside of the opposite foot to step behind the ball.

  3. Use the outside of the opposite foot to push the ball and accelerate away.

The Step-Over Scissors

THE STEP-OVER SCISSORS

Busting out the epic Step-Over Scissors skill can help you create space to the left or right of an opponent who’s either in front or behind you in a 1 v 1 situation. It’s a top-quality skill that Real Mardid’s James Rodriguez loves to do. Learn how to do it below!

MATCH ACADEMY TIP!

Keep your head up so you can see your team-mates, opponents and space. Travel slightly away from the area you want to move into to move your opponent and create more space. Then accelerate away with a fast touch and use your furthest foot from the defender to protect the ball!

BALL MASTERY – DOUBLE OUTSIDE CUT STEP-OVER
 

  1. Tap the ball twice to your right with the outside of your right foot and step around the ball with the inside of your left foot.

  2. Tap the ball twice to your left with the outside of your left foot and step around the ball with the inside of your right foot.

  3. Repeat the sequence, start slowly and gradually speed up making sure to have eyes-up while on the move.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – THE STEP-OVER
 

  1. Step around the front of the ball with the inside of your foot.

  2. As your foot touches the ground, use the outside of the same foot to push the ball away.

  3. Now accelerate away in the opposite direction.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – THE STEP-OVER SCISSORS!
 

  1. Step around the front of the ball with the inside of your foot (Step-Over).

  2. As your foot touches the ground, use the outside of the same foot to step back around the ball (Scissors).

  3. Use the outside of your opposite foot to push the ball in the opposite direction and accelerate away.

The Slap Cut

THE SLAP CUT

The Slap Cut is perfect for protecting possession against an opponent who’s to the side or in front of you. Make sure to use your furthest foot and upper body for maximum protection! Deadly England and Tottenham wonderkid Dele Alli loves doing this skill when he’s travelling across goal. It helps him create space for a shot or to play a killer pass to a team-mate. Learn more below!

MATCH ACADEMY TIP!


When performing the Slap Cut, make sure to sell the dummy to the defender by making it look like you’re going to perform a fast, inside foot pass to a team-mate. This will make your opponent speed up while you change direction and burn away!

BALL MASTERY – THE INSIDE OUTSIDE ROLL
 

  1. Roll the inside of your right foot over the ball then roll back with the outside of the same foot.

  2. Repeat the action while hopping on your standing leg (left).

  3. Start slowly and gradually speed up making sure to have eyes-up while performing the skill.

    Repeat with your left foot

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – SLAP CUT

  1. Push the ball forward and roll the inside of your right foot over the ball and stop with the outside of the same foot.

  2. Change direction and direct the ball forwards with your right foot.

  3. Accelerate away with the ball.

    Also repeat with your left foot

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – SLAP CUT STEP-OVER
 

  1. Push the ball forward and roll the inside of your right foot over the ball and stop with the outside of the same foot.

  2. Change direction and direct the ball forwards with your right foot, step-over the ball with your left foot and change direction again.

  3. Now direct the ball forwards using the outside of the same foot and accelerate away.

    Also repeat with a left foot slap cut and right foot step-over

The Pull Push Behind

THE PULL PUSH BEHIND

This skill’s perfect for shielding the ball from an opponent that’s to the side or in front of you – Juventus' Miralem Pjanic is the master!

CREATE SPACE FOR YOURSELF!

Watch out for Pjanic busting it out in central areas of the pitch to create space for a killer pass, or when he’s looking to switch play!

BALL MASTERY – PULL PUSH PULL BEHIND
 

  1. Pull the ball towards you with the sole of your right foot and push the ball away with the inside of your right foot in a V shape.

  2. Now pull the ball back behind your standing leg with the sole of your right foot and push the ball forwards with the inside of the same foot.

  3. Repeat the sequence, start slowly and gradually speed up making sure to have eyes-up while on the move, also work your left foot.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – PULL PUSH BEHIND
 

  1. Push the ball forward then pull the ball back with the sole of the same foot.

  2. Now push the ball forwards behind your standing leg with inside of the same foot.

  3. Take the ball away with the outside of the opposite foot, and accelerate away.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – DOUBLE PULL PUSH BEHIND
 

  1. Push the ball forward then pull the ball back with the sole of the same foot.

  2. Now push the ball forwards behind your standing leg with inside of the same foot.

  3. Take a touch with the outside of the opposite foot and then repeat the above steps with that foot and accelerate away.

The Scissors

THE SCISSORS

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo loves using the 1 v 1 Scissors feint move to create space to the left or right of an opponent who’s either in front or behind him! You can learn how to do it below...

BUST IT OUT IN ATTACKING AREAS!

The Samba star does it when he’s heading towards goal on the counter-attack to create space to shoot, run or play a killer pass!

BALL MASTERY – DOUBLE OUTSIDE CUT SCISSORS & SIDE STEP
 

  1. Tap the ball twice to your right with the outside of your right foot and step around the ball with the outside of the same foot (Scissor).

  2. Tap the ball twice to your left with the outside of your left foot and step behind the ball with the outside of the same foot (Side Step).

  3. Repeat the sequence, start slowly and gradually speed up making sure to have eyes-up while on the move.

    Also try using a left foot Scissor and right foot Side Step.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – THE SCISSORS
 

  1. Step around the front of the ball with the outside of your foot and dip your shoulder.

  2. As your foot touches the ground, use the outside of the opposite foot to push the ball away.

  3. Now accelerate away in the opposite direction.

1 V 1 MIRROR MOVES – SCISSORS SIDE STEP
 

  1. Step around the front of the ball with the outside of your foot and dip your shoulder.

  2. As your foot touches the ground, step behind the ball with the outside of the opposite foot.

  3. Now push the ball away in the opposite direction with the outside of your closest foot, accelerate away.

Do Stepovers Like Hazard

DO STEPOVERS LIKE HAZARD!

Eden Hazard’s right up there with the best tricksters in the Premier League, and one of his fave skills is the stepover! He uses it when he’s dribbling at pace to beat opponents – and here’s how he does it...

STEP 1!


To bust out a stepover like Hazard, make sure the ball is close to your feet and under control. If it’s too far away or not under control properly, the trick won’t work!

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STEP 2!


Move the ball to the outside of the foot you’re going to do the stepover with, then move that foot around the front of the ball so it’s now between both your feet!

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STEP 3!


If you want to do a double stepover, repeat the skill move again with your other foot. This means your marker won’t know which way you’re going to go!

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STEP 4!


After you’ve busted out your stepover, push the ball away quickly with the outside of your other foot before burning away from your opponent!

TRAINING DRILL!


HAZARD STEPOVERS...

  1. Roll the ball slowly ahead of you, and try to do as many stepovers as you can before it stops!
  2. Now try dribbling with the ball and repeat the stepovers, but at a much quicker pace!
  3. At the end of each drill, push the ball away with the outside of your other foot and launch yourself in that direction! 

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