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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Take Free-Kicks Like Willian

TAKE FREE-KICKS LIKE WILLIAN!

Willian proved last season that he’s one of the best free-kick takers on the planet – he scored six combined in the Prem and Champo League! Here’s how to bag FKs like the Chelsea megastar!

STEP 1!


To curl home free-kicks like The Blues’ hero, have a look at the goal to see where the keeper is, then decide which corner you want to curl the ball into!

STEP 2!


If you’re right-footed like Willian, take a few steps back from the left side of the ball to make room for your run-up. If you’re left-footed, do the opposite!

STEP 3!


Now run up to the ball and plant your non-kicking foot to the side of it. Don’t take your eyes off the part of the ball that you’re aiming to kick!

STEP 4!


Use the inside of your foot and strike across the back of the ball to make it spin. Hold your arms out for balance, then follow through and land on your kicking foot after you hit the ball!

TRAINING DRILL!


THE WILLIAN FREE-KICK...

  1. Stand centrally about 20m from goal, and put two cones 5m in front of you with a 2m gap between each cone.
  2. Now, try to curl your free-kick through the middle of both cones and into either the left or right corners of the goal.
  3. Practise hitting the bottom corners on both sides of the goal, then up the difficulty by trying to find the top corners! 

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Finish First Time Like Suarez

FINISH FIRST TIME LIKE SUAREZ!

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez is an expert goal grabber, and one of the main ways he busts nets is by shooting early before the keeper can get set! Here’s how he does it…

STEP 1!


To finish first time like Suarez, the first thing you need to do when you are near the goal is check where the keeper is before you receive the pass.

STEP 2!


Now keep an eye on your team-mate with the ball. As soon as the pass comes towards you, get to the ball as quickly as you can before the defender.

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STEP 3!


Before you strike the ball, if you have time, take another quick look to see where the keeper is standing. Then get ready to pick your spot.

STEP 4!


Finally, just concentrate on making good contact. Use your instep, laces or outside of the boot – whichever gets the shot away quickest – and keep your effort on target!

TRAINING DRILL!


FIRST TIME FINISHES...

  1. Get a mate to stand to the side of the goal 20 yards out. He then passes the ball forward into your stride as you run up.
  2. As soon as you get to the ball, finish first time. Try scoring at least once with your instep, laces and outside of the boot.
  3. Once you’ve scored five goals, do the drill again finishing with your weaker foot, then swap over with your mate!

The Pull Spin

THE PULL SPIN

The Pull Spin’s one of the most famous skills in footy – it’s also known as The Maradona, Marseille Turn, Roulette, 360 and Double Drag-Back! Man. United hero Paul Pogba does it all the time to keep possession and shield the ball!

USE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PITCH!

This 1 v 1 move is ace for using in the middle of the pitch when you’re travelling with the ball looking to create space to run or pass. That’s why it’s perfect for Pog – it helps him boss the midfield and be mega creative! Check it out below!

BALL MASTERY – FANCY TOE TAPPING

 

  1. Tap the top of the ball with the sole of your left foot, then tap the top of the ball with the sole of your right foot.

  2.  Now bring your right foot to the left side of the ball and reach behind your standing leg with your left foot and tap the ball.

  3. Repeat the above actions continuously, working both feet equally.

MIRROR MOVE 1 – THE PULL SPIN

  1. Running forward, put your right foot on the ball, then turn anti-clockwise.

  2. As you turn your back on the ball, use your left foot to drag the ball back behind you.

  3. Complete your 360-degree turn and sprint away in the original direction!

MIRROR MOVE 2 – THE HALF PULL SPIN

  1. Running forward, put your right foot on the ball, then turn anti-clockwise.

  2. As you turn your back on the ball, drag the ball back with your left foot then stop it with your left foot.

  3. This time you only turn 180 degrees, now move forward with the ball in the direction you originally came from!

The Chop & Double Chop

THE CHOP & DOUBLE CHOP

Real Madrid and Wales megastar Gareth Bale uses the Chop or Double Chop 1 v 1 move to create space and change direction from opponents closing him down diagonally from the front or behind. It looks totally sick, too!

USE IN ATTACKING POSITIONS!

These awesome 1 v 1 moves are especially deadly in the final third of the pitch when you’re travelling towards goal. Bale will bust them out when he’s looking to create a bit of space to run, shoot or passion his way to the penalty box! Practise below!

BALL MASTERY – PULL PUSH, PULL BEHIND

  1. Pull the ball back diagonally towards you with the sole of your foot.

  2. Now push the ball diagonally out again with the outside of the same foot – you will have created a V shape with the ball.

  3. Now pull the ball back behind your standing leg using the sole of your foot and instep. Continuously repeat these actions, then try doing it with your other foot.

MIRROR MOVE 1 – THE CHOP

  1. As you move forward, use the toe part of your sole to pull the ball behind you.

  2. As the ball travels in the opposite direction, use your other foot to accelerate away!

MIRROR MOVE 2 – THE DOUBLE CHOP

  1. As you move forward, use the toe part of your sole to pull the ball behind you.

  2. Take one touch forward, then step on the ball with your other foot and pull the ball behind you again.

  3. Now, after completing both Chops, use the foot you did the first Chop with to burn away from the defender!