The Three Soccer Moves Everyone Should Know

The Three Soccer Moves Everyone Should Know

The Three Soccer Moves Everyone Should Know


One of the many great things that soccer offers is the ability to be creative. Unfortunately, however, players tend to be too trained—shying away from the limitless possibilities of what can be done on the field.


Being exposed to a multitude of skills won’t do a player any good unless they practice and train it. However, before you get into learning extremely difficult moves, there are three basic soccer moves that every player should know that are effective enough to throw off your opponent.


The Step Over


This move is popular because it is simple, fast, and highly effective, throwing your opponent to one side while you go the other.

With all of these moves, you also shouldn't just be going through the motions. To throw an effective move, you have to really sell it to fake that you're going one way when really your intent is the exact opposite.


The step over involves the step and a lean. Another important component is that you have to burst into an acceleration of speed right after you perform the step. Since the defender (especially a seasoned one) will quickly recover from the fake out, you'll only have a small window to push the ball and speed in the other direction.


​The Cruyff


The second move that every player should know is the Cruyff, named after the player himself, and will help you change direction most abruptly, and fake a shot, a cross, a pass or a clearance to completely throw off whoever is on your tail. 


This move involves you faking to hit the ball (cross, pass, shoot, etc) and then pushing the ball behind you with the inside of your shooting foot. When thrown with conviction and done quickly, you can effectively throw your defender off and possibly even the whole opposing team!


The Maradona


Placed in practice long after the Argentine player himself, you can use this move to impress and mesmerize your opponents (and probably the crowd and your own team).


When done effectively, this move can have you twisting and turning out of a hole or a situation where you think there is no way out.


To complete this move, you begin with a one-foot drag back and then quickly turn and complete the same drag back with the other foot, turning in the process. Even though it looks extremely difficult to do, it is pretty simple to learn and deadly when thrown well.


These three moves are great and effective when done correctly and to do so takes practice—so get practicing!


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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