How to Chest a Soccer Ball

How to Chest a Soccer Ball

Today we are learning how to chest a soccer
ball. What’s going on? Little dap!
It’s Emily Grant, former pro, current college coach and coach with Online Soccer Academy.
Learning to chest a ball will improve your ball control. First touch is so important
in this game. Taking a ball out of the air on your chest is part of having a great first
touch. This video will cover the fundamental key points to chest trapping a ball straightforward.
Key Points! Key Point One. Arms in, not out. When the ball is coming to your chest you
want your arms in. This will help protect you in case a defender crashes into your side.
What you don’t want is your arms out like you are trying to fly away. You certainly
don’t get style points for that! Key Point Two. Feet Shoulder Width Apart.
For good balance have your feet shoulder width apart.
Key Point Three. Have a Slight Bend in your Knees.
Key Point Four. Lean Back Slightly. As the ball is getting close to you, lean
back slightly in preparation of receiving it.
If you lean back too far the ball will go behind you or up too high. If the ball goes
behind you and you didn’t want it to that’s a bad touch. If the ball goes up too high
in the air, it’s not that’s it’s a bad touch, but it’s not a smart touch.
The reason is it takes an extra second or two for the ball to come back down. This extra
second or two is more time for a defender to close you down. You don’t want that!
Key Point Five. Receive the Ball Right Below your Clavicle Bone.
The ball should hit right below your clavicle bone and right above your chest line.
Key Point Six. Cushion or Pop the Ball. If the ball is coming hard at you then cushion
the ball in by absorbing it right when the ball is about to hit you. You do this by leaning
back right when the ball is about to hit you. It’s like catching an egg. Would you catch
an egg like this? No, because it would hit your hands and break. You’d catch an egg
by cushioning it in. Same idea applies to a fast ball coming at you.
If the ball is coming soft at you, then you need to pop the ball off your chest more.
This is because the ball’s natural momentum isn’t much so you have to give it that extra
pop. Key Point Seven. Control the Ball One to Two Feet ahead of you. In most situations
when chest trapping you want your touch to put the ball one to two feet ahead of you.
If the ball is too close to your body when you trap it then it’s awkward to try and
kick it on your second touch. Versus taking a touch one to two feet ahead
of you and this sets you up for a smooth kick. Remember it’s not easy to make it look easy,
you want to be the type of player that makes it look easy. An exercise to practice is chest
trapping with a partner. You will need a partner and a ball. Have your partner stand a few
feet away with the ball in their hands. They toss it to you with two hands and underhand
service. You control it on your chest and pass it back on the ground or out of the air
depending on your skill level. Repeat this for one minute and then switch. Do two sets
each. Mini Bonus Tip! It’s easier for the player
receiving the ball if it’s a firm, straight toss versus a high lobbed toss. How To Make
It More Challenging! After two sets, make it more challenging by
having your partner mix it up and serve it to you faster and softer versus perfect every
time. This way you have to adapt as the ball is traveling whether you should cushion it
in or pop it forward. Repeat this for one minute and then switch. Do two sets each.
What’s Wrong! If the ball is going up too high or behind
you when you trap it then you are leaning too far back. Remember it’s a slight lean
back, not a limbo lean back! Bonus Tip! Don’t be scared when the ball
hits you! If you are like ouch, I hope this doesn’t hurt, OMG I hope the ball never
comes to me in the air… then you are bound to have a bad touch every time. Yes, it might
hurt when you are first learning to chest trap, but you will get over it! Be a baller,
not a baby! Hope you enjoyed this Online Soccer Academy
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100 thoughts on “How to Chest a Soccer Ball

  1. Any advice on how to whip the ball in while running I have a hard time doing this and any advice on how to get better vision

  2. This is Coach Jared. PLEASE leave a comment with respect and class. I've had to delete a few comments due to not polite things being said. I always speak highly of OSA fans, please keep it classy in the comments and show why I speak so highly of yall. Thank you! – Coach Jared

  3. This is just the video i needed, thanks OSA. Its so hard to get girls to do chest traps ,but with Emily's attitude and personality Itll show them them that girls can chest trap and have fun doing it. Thanks cant wait for more videos with Coach Emily ,little dap.

  4. put some background music in the vids! it would be helpful to keep the attention focused for the viewers. thank you for all your videos!

  5. I wish I had coach Emily as my soccer coach cause I wanna become best at soccer and I even don't know how to kick a ball properly

  6. Nice video, choosing coach Emiliy was a good decision, there's a goal scored by Juan Arango from a chest control I'll leave the link below:

  7. please coach Jared or emily answer my question it can change my way of training do y'all recommend a player. train different aspects in there game everyday or do everything in the same day please answer

  8. hey I know this is crazy but can you please tell how to keep the ball up with just chest and head while running like Freestylers do…it gonna help me a lot…I'm tall when compared to other defenders

  9. Good tutorial! Any tips for chesting a ball that comes from behind you tho? Like when you latch on to a through ball from behind. Thanks!

  10. B4 this video I couldn't control the ball on my chest what so ever, but now I'm a pro at it. thanks for all your help Coach Emily you rock!

  11. I always true to bounce the ball to awal and try to control it , i can do it perfect ly AS if i mastered it. But once someone play me a long ball in a real match i can never control the ball like i ussualy did in training can you plsss help ?! (I would appreciate it more than anything else)

  12. did you guys had any specific requirements when entering to a school soccer team? if you do what are they? reply below

  13. do a giveaway please because I just subscribed and u guys did not do a giveaway And I was never in a giveaway so please do a giveaway thank you

  14. Little dap! Sup Jared ๐Ÿ™‚ Great tutorial! My ability to chest the ball has improved so much in a matter of seconds thanks to this! I have one question When attacking 1v1, is it better to FIRST sprint right at the defender, make a move, and keep sprinting past him(so essentially sprinting the whole way), or is it better to FIRST approach the defender at a medium/slow place, make a move, and then accelerate/sprint past him/her(so essentially an attacker changes pace when dribbling)?

  15. Great video, Coach Emily. I remember I was very skeptical that chesting the ball would not hurt when my male coach showed it to me in practice. I cannot overstate the importance of having a female coach for female soccer players, especially those in middle school. One of the main reasons I became a volunteer coach, and I'm loving it.

  16. Great to see a female football player on here. I use this channel a lot to help train my girls team I coach and my daughter. Now I can say "if she can do it so can you!" lol keep up the good work your drills have helped my girls team a lot!

  17. I just discovered this station near the end of my middle school girl's soccer season. Wish I had found it sooner. I had never coached this age group before and plan to make use of it for next year. Thanks for all the great tips.

  18. Sometimes when I chest a ball, I get the wind knocked out of me. Is that supposed to happen or am I doing something wrong?

  19. Great informational video. This is the first video that I've seen with Coach Emily. I like her enthusiasm as I feel that it will make my daughter enjoy watching the video. Keep up the good work!

  20. Thanks Coach Emily. I enjoyed your training video. Although I have played soccer for a long time it is one of the areas I need to develop. Can you provide some tips if you don't have a training partner. Perhaps using a wall or tossing the ball up ?

  21. do we control it at the Centre or on any one side?? My friend does it with his right side of the chest and frankly he does it very well

  22. Ok so is there any more tips on how to collect it when you're a er girl? ๐Ÿ˜‚ whenever I collect it it smacks pretty hard and I yk deal with it but I would prefer to do it better and not get hurt

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