Welcome to the
FineSoccer Kids Newsletter. Today's topic deals with trying different turns while receiving the ball.
Frequently, we try to play
the ball into a target players feet. This target player has to either hold the ball under pressure, turn with the ball or
lay the ball off.
Assuming there is a defender pressuring from behind,
holding the ball will require shielding the ball with the body. Laying the ball off requires having a soft touch (in most
cases) and vision to find a player while under pressure.
Turning with the ball requires
vision, skill and courage. Vision is required because not only must the player see the ball coming to him, he must also know
where the opposition is and where space is available. In this case, vision not only includes sight but also feel and hearing
Skill is required because when you know where the opposition is and know
where the space to turn into is located, you then need the skill to execute the skill.
Courage is required
because there is always the chance of losing the ball when trying to turn so it takes some courage to risk failure in order
to succeed in the turn. For some, it's easier to never turn and always play it safe than to risk turning and losing possession.
However, these same people who don't risk the turn, also don't see the reward of the opportunity at goal.
There are many different ways to turn upon receiving the ball. You can sweep the ball with the outside of either
foot. You can sweep the ball with the inside of either foot (in each of these cases this would mean making a 180 degree turn
with the ball maintaining contact with your foot for most of the turn). You can also pull the ball with the inside of the
foot behind the other foot (for example, if the ball comes to your right foot, you would receiving the ball with your right
foot, bring the ball behind your left foot and turn with the ball. You can also do two touch turns (such as receive the ball
and with the first touch going away from the target and then do a step over turn to change directions suddenly).
There isn't one correct way to turn as the type of turn you choose to use will depend on your skill set, where you
are on the field, where the defender is etc.