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!

The Cookie & Inside Cut

THE COOKIE & INSIDE CUT

This will make you tough to defend against because it’s two skills in one! The Cookie is a dummy where you fake to do the Inside Cut, but you actually use a change of pace and continue in the same direction. Dele Alli is the master!

CREATE SPACE TO PLAY A KILLER BALL!

Tottenham ace Alli uses the Inside Cut to shield the ball and change direction from opponents to his side or in front, while he’ll do the Cookie when defenders are by his side. Both are great at creating that extra bit of space to run, pass or shoot! Practise it below!

BALL MASTERY – TOE TAPS SLAP STEPOVER

  1. Tap the ball with the inside of your right foot to your left foot, and back again to your right.

  2. Next, slap the ball diagonally to your left by rolling the sole of your right foot over the ball.

  3. Now do the above actions but switch your feet, then repeat these actions alternating your foot each time.

MIRROR MOVES – THE COOKIE

  1. While running with the ball, push the ball forward so it rolls just ahead of you.

  2. Turn your hips, going sideways to the ball, and fake to cut the ball with your lead foot.

  3. Then, quickly switch feet and take the ball forward with the instep of your trailing foot and accelerate away!

MIRROR MOVES – THE INSIDE CUT

  1. While running with the ball, push the ball forward so it rolls just ahead of you.

  2. Then stretch, and with the inside of your lead foot, stop the ball by cutting it with your instep.

  3. As you do this, turn and go in the opposite direction by pushing the ball forward with your lead foot. Now burn away and leave your marker choking on dust!

The U-Turn & U-Turn Hook

THE U-TURN & U-TURN HOOK

Ace Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil loves shielding the ball from opponents to his side or in front by using the U-Turn. It’s perfect for getting out of tight spaces – like when he’s blocked, can’t run with the ball or combine with a team-mate!

BE AWARE OF YOUR MARKER!

You’ll always see Mesut checking over his shoulder when the defender is to his side, so he knows where they are. As soon as his opponent gets ahead of him, he pulls out the move, shields the ball at all times then bursts into space!

BALL MASTERY – THE TOE ROLL

  1. To begin this Ball Mastery drill, place the ball part of your right foot on top of the ball.

  2. Now, roll the ball back towards you and point your toes down to the ground.

  3. Push the ball forward with your laces and repeat while hopping on your left leg. Then switch feet!

MIRROR MOVE 1 – THE U-TURN

  1. While running forward with the ball, fake to kick it with your strong foot.

  2. Use the toe part of the sole of your kicking foot to pull the ball around and swivel 180 degrees.

  3. Shield it from your opponent, then use the inside of your opposite foot to push the ball!

MIRROR MOVE 2 – THE U-TURN HOOK

  1. Like above, run forward and use the toe part of the sole of your kicking foot to turn 180 degrees.

  2. Push the ball forward and fake to kick it again, then use the inside of your kicking foot to hook the ball behind your standing leg – just like a Cruyff Turn.

  3. Now you’ve beaten your opponent, turn and accelerate away from them!

The Scissors

THE SCISSORS

Barcelona goal king Luis Suarez is a total expert at The Scissors – he uses it to create space either side of opponents in front of him. It’s a useful 1 v 1 move in and around the penalty box when space is tight and defending pressure is high!

CREATE SHOOTING OPPORTUNITIES!

This move helps create space for a shot as you approach the goal. You feint the defender one way, then move into the space you’ve created and unleash a rocket into the top corner! Rashford did this against West Ham in the FA Cup last season! Check out our tips how to do it below!

BALL MASTERY – OUTSIDE CUT SINGLE SCISSOR

  1. Moving forward slowly, take a small diagonal touch to the right with the outside of your right foot.

  2. Then perform a scissors action around the ball with your right foot – like when doing a stepover.

  3. Now do the above actions with your left foot and repeat, alternating with each foot.

MIRROR MOVES – THE SCISSORS

  1. Step around the front of the ball using a scissors action – like when doing a stepover.

  2. As your foot touches the ground, use the outside of your opposite foot to take the ball in the other direction.

  3. Now transfer your weight in that direction and move away from your opponent!

MIRROR MOVES – THE SCISSORS DRAG

  1. Step around the front of the ball using a scissors action – like when doing a stepover.

  2. As your foot touches the ground, use the inside of your opposite foot to take the ball in the SAME direction.

  3. Now accelerate away and leave your opponent choking on your dust!

The Side Step

THE SIDE STEP

Arjen Robben busts out the Side Step when he’s locked in a 1 v 1 situation and doesn’t have space to run, shoot or pass with the ball. It helps create space to the left or right of opponents that are in front of him!

BUST OUT IN ATTACKING AREAS!

This feint move is great to use as you head towards goals to create space to shoot, or in wide areas if you’re looking to create space to cross. The Bayern man loves accelerating away after performing the Side Step for maximum impact! Practise yourself below!

BALL MASTERY – V OUTSIDE PULL PUSH

  1. Pull the ball back with the sole of your right foot, then push the ball forward diagonally with the outside of the same foot.

  2. Now pull the ball back with the sole of your left foot, then push the ball forward diagonally with the same foot.

  3. Repeat the movements above. Start slow, then gradually speed up!

MIRROR MOVE 1 – THE SIDE STEP

  1. Stay behind the ball and step to one side quickly – as if you’re using a skating motion.

  2. After your weight has transferred to that side, hop with your landing foot to propel yourself in the other direction.

  3. Use the outside of your foot in the direction you’re now heading to take a touch on the ball and accelerate away!

MIRROR MOVE 2 – THE DOUBLE SIDE STEP

  1. Stay behind the ball and step to one side quickly, then do the same with the other foot – again think of a skating action.

  2. Keep your head up before making this move to determine the timing of your opponent’s challenge.

  3. Use the outside of the foot you did the first Side Step with to take a touch on the ball, then burn away from your man!

The Step-On & High Wave

THE STEP-ON & HIGH WAVE!

This will make you tough to defend against, because the mechanics of the first part of both moves looks the same! The High Wave is the dummy where you fake to do the Step-On, but you actually continue in the same direction!

KEEP THE DEFENDER GUESSING!

This move helps PSG’s Angel di Maria beat defenders that are to the side of him. He uses the stop-start Step-On move to turn and change direction, and the High Wave to change speed but continue straight on. It totally confuses defenders! Learn how to do the skill yourself below! 

BALL MASTERY – SOLE HEEL ROLL

  1. Place the sole of your right foot on the ball and roll your foot backwards and forwards from your sole to your heel.

  2. At the same time, hop continuously on your standing leg with your left foot.

  3. Continue with the above actions for 30 seconds, then repeat using your left foot.

MIRROR MOVES – THE HIGH WAVE

  1. As you run forward, slow down a bit and wave your furthest foot over the ball – like you’re going to stop it with your sole.

  2. Instead, bring your foot back behind the ball – as if you’re dummying the opponent on the pitch.

  3. Then, push it forward with the laced part of your boot and put the burners on!

MIRROR MOVES – THE STEP-ON

  1. As you run forward, use the sole of your furthest foot to stop the ball suddenly.

  2. Hop over the ball, which will now be behind you, and turn 180 degrees, opponent side.

  3. Push off the ground with your Step-On foot, take a touch away with your opposite foot (laces) and accelerate away!