In this post we will guide you through the five best (most useful at least!) 5 aside football tricks and skills. So whether you are the new Ronaldo (either one of them) or just trying to keep up with the rest of the lads this will might help in your next match (if you are confident your teammates won’t reprimand you if it goes wrong that is!)
1. The Cruyff turn
The ‘Cruyff turn’ is of course named after the legendary Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands player Johan Cruyff. Cruyff was as innovative in his playing days as he was in his coaching roles (his ‘total football’ managerial philosophy remains hugely influential today).
To learn, watch the video below:
Also you can read our lacklustre attempt at explaining with written word here:
This move is all about changing direction when the ball is rolling forward you start off by first stepping in front of the ball with your standing foot. Then bring your strong foot towards the ball and tap it through your legs with the inside of the feet and finish the move by sprinting after the ball. Make sure to keep your knees bent and use your upper body for the turn to sell the effect even more.
2. Drag Pack
Number two is unofficially called the drag pack. This is a great move if you’re stuck in a tight situation with the opponent right in front of your face. When the ball is in front of you, start off quite dragging back with the sole of your strong foot and as the ball goes behind your standing foot.
You simply tap it 90 degrees with the inside of your strong foot and run after the ball. It’s a really effective move that can also be used for passing the ball to your teammate.
3. Classic Step Over
Number three is the classic step over. In most cases this is the first 101 skill that everybody ever learned and the point of the step over is to make your opponent.
Think you’re going one way before suddenly changing direction, the move is really simple: use your weak foot to make a full circle around the ball and just as you place your foot back on the ground. Tap the ball to the opposite direction with the outside of your strong fields. Once again the key here is to drop your shoulder and use your upper body to make it look like you’re heading one way before leaving your defender confused.
4. Roll Over
Number four is unofficially called the roll and it really is one of the most basic yet effective skills to have in your locker. This move works the best when your defender tries to attack for the ball and you simply roll it out of his reach.
If the ball is slightly on the right side in front of you want to roll the ball with your right foot and vice versa. As you need to approach the ball with the inside of your foot first again it’s not the flashiest feel in the world but you’ll be surprised how many pro players rely on this very basic skill.
5. Step Over Turn
Number five is the step over turn that just like the Christ turn should be used for changing direction when your defender is breathing down your neck. Start off by swinging your strong foot over the ball before placing it firmly on the ground in front of the ball.
Then use the same feet to tap the ball to the opposite direction with the outside of your feet, needless to say it’s absolutely crucial to bend your knees and use your upper body as a way of giving even more effects for the skill. The step over turn looks cool. It’s super basic and you might just break some ankles with it if you perform it correctly and have fun practicing.
So hopefully you enjoyed and learned. Honestly it’s quite difficult narrowing the basic football skills down to only five tricks. So if you want to learn more basic football skills click here