How to Chest a Soccer Ball with Direction

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Today we are learning how to chest a ball
with direction. You control the ball and tell it where to go. Don’t let it control you!
What’s going on? Little dap! It’s Emily Grant, former pro, current college coach and
coach with Online Soccer Academy. Chesting a ball with direction is an advanced
technique. If you don’t know how to control a ball on your chest yet, I suggest you watch
our OSA video titled How To Chest a Soccer Ball here. It will cover the basic key points
of how to chest a ball. Key Points! Key Point One. Point your chest
in the direction you want the ball to go. If you want the ball to go straight, keep
your chest facing straight in the direction the ball is coming from. If you want to trap
the ball right, point your chest right at an angle. Same applies for your left. When
you turn, just be careful not to over turn your chest. You don’t want your upper bicep
all of sudden facing straight at the ball. For starters there’s no such thing as an
upper bicep touch. Plus that’s a handball by most refs standards, no matter how blind
they are! Kidding refs! You know I appreciate you! Key Point Two. Turn your Chest as the
ball is about to hit you. Don’t turn your chest too early. One, you
will look goofy. Two, the ball could change course for some
reason. Maybe it’s windy or the ball has spin. If you are just standing there like
your waiting for a bus with your chest turned and the ball changes course it won’t be
good. This is how it looks when you time your chest turn correctly. Key Point Three. Slightly
Lean Back or Forward. Depending how you want to take your touch
depends if you want to lean slightly back or slightly forward. To control the ball and
start dribbling right away, slightly lean forward when you turn your chest as the ball
is about to hit you. This causes the ball to go towards the ground. To control the ball
for a volley, slightly lean back when you turn your chest as the ball is about to hit
you. This causes the ball to go up a bit and it will give you more time to set your feet
in a volley stance. When you are Alex Morgan style advanced, you
don’t need to slightly pop the ball up for a volley touch. It’s because your feet are
so quick and your headband is so perfect that you can touch the ball down like you would
for a dribble touch. Start out popping the ball up for volley touches and then as you
get better you can direct your touches down for your volley touches. This is more advanced.
Key Point Four. Mentally tell the ball where to go.
Don’t be surprised when you take that perfect touch to set yourself up like a pro. Expect
to take a perfect touch because in your mind you told the ball what to do. If you practice
hard to improve you have every right to be confident and not be shocked when things work
out! Two exercises to practice with your partner. You will need a ball and four cones. First
exercise. Have your partner toss you the ball, control it to your right side and out of the
air volley it back with the inside of your foot. Then do your left. Repeat for one minute
and switch. Go for two sets. For this exercise your touch should be directional to the side
and slightly up. Second exercise. Have your partner toss you
the ball, control it to your right side and dribble the ball to the cone quickly. Then
pass it back and jog back to your start cone. Then do your left. Repeat for one minute and
switch. Go for two sets. For this exercise your touch should be directional to the side
and slightly down. What’s Wrong! If your touch isn’t going
in the direction you want then you are probably turning your chest too late. Don’t have
the ball hit you and then turn your chest. You want to start turning your chest right
before the ball hits you. Bonus Tip! Take your touch away from the defender!
In a game if you see a defender coming on your left; control the ball to your right!
Now your touch is away from the on coming defender. By doing this, what do you create?
Space… and… time! Hope you enjoyed this Online Soccer Academy
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Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible. Believe
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