How to Play Soccer : How to Trap a Soccer Ball With a Foot

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Hi, my name is Guillermo Gomez, I coach youth
soccer. A lot of people ask me how do you trap the ball? Well, let me emphasize first
the difference between trapping the ball with your foot, and receiving the ball with your
foot. Trapping the ball is actually stopping a ball that’s coming at you very fast, and
you actually want to stop the ball right at you so that you can have possession of the
ball, and not give it to the opponent. Receiving the ball is when the ball comes at you at
a medium speed, okay, and you actually redirect that ball into a different spot–in a different
direction away from the defender. That’s actually what you want to be doing during the game
of soccer, unless the ball is coming at you very fast. So today we’re talking about how
to trap the ball. I just wanted to emphasize the different between trapping and receiving.
So let’s assume a ball is coming fast at us. The first you want to do is relax the part
of the body that you’re receiving the ball. So if I’m receiving the ball with my feet,
I want to open my hips wide, I want to put my body in the line where the ball is traveling,
I open up my hips to receive that ball, I point my toes up, bend my knee, receive the
ball my lifting my feet a little bit, look at the ball so I can stop it right about the
middle–that’s where I want to cushion it. And as the ball is coming at me, I want to
receive that ball and cushion the ball, and bring my leg backwards a little bit. By doing
that I’ll make sure that the ball stays right on my feet, so that it doesn’t bounce away
from me, and the defender gets possession of that ball. So again, I want to relax my
body, okay, I look at the ball, get in line on the ball, point my toes up, bend my knee,
open my hips, cushion the ball a little bit backwards so that I can have possession of
the ball right at my feet. And that’s how you trap a soccer ball when you’re playing
soccer.

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