Playing Soccer With Your Whole Body

Playing Soccer With Your Whole Body

Playing Soccer With Your Whole Body

 

Not only should you be playing the ball with various parts of your feet, you should also be able to receive the ball with various parts of your body.

 

Whether you are a beginner or veteran player, working on your various techniques for receiving a ball, is an important skill to practice. You should be able to take the ball down and control it, no matter how it’s approaching you.

 

There are various types of soccer traps using various parts of your body. However, there are five main traps:

 

  • Step Trap: Using the sole of your foot, you can trap the ball by stepping on it, briefly.
  • Inside Trap: When receiving a pass, especially one on the ground, you should let it come to the inside of your foot.
  • Thigh Trap: When the ball comes waist-high, you can trap the ball using your thigh, bringing it down to your feet and the ground.
  • Chest Trap: If the ball comes lower than your head, open your arms wide and lean back a little to receive the ball using your chest, cushioning the fall of the ball as it comes down.
  • Head Trap: When the ball comes higher than your chest, use your head to trap the ball, tapping it lightly upwards and letting it fall to the ground.

 

Use Step Trap When You Are Not Under Pressure

 

When the ball comes to you and you have the time to settle it down, you can use the bottom of your foot. This can easily be transitioned to moving forward, rolling the ball in various directions as the first touch.

 

Using the Inside of the Foot For Basic Skills

 

When receiving the ball, especially when the pass comes on the ground, using the inside of your foot is most common. When you first start playing soccer, you'll be taught how to trap the ball with the inside of your foot.

 

You can easily practice this skill—even on your own. Using a wall to pass the ball, have it bounce back where you receive the ball, and pass it again, you can practice by yourself!

 

Using Your Thigh for Mid-Height Balls

 

When there’s an opponent behind you and you are receiving the ball in the air, using your thigh is a great technique to use to effectively protect the ball. You can use it to bring the ball down and then easily control it with your feet. A good measurement of which part of the thigh to use it measured to where your shorts end.

 

Using the Chest to Cushion the Ball Down

 

One of the largest areas of your body to trap the ball and get it down to your feet, trapping the ball with your chest is a difficult skill to master. When you have little space and opponents around you, trapping the ball with your chest is rather useful. You can trap the ball and then direct it to either foot, as well, making it easy for you to use your first touch and get away as quickly as possible.

 

Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.

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