Focus your attention on the listed points for each technique. It is important for your players to learn to
practice techniques properly, this may take some time - more for some techniques than others, and more
for some players than others. Be patient and be encouraging! Practice all skills with both feet.

Inside of the foot pass

  1. Ankle locked
  2. Foot slightly up at the toe
  3. Thigh turned outward
  4. Look up to establish eye contact
  5. Connect with the middle of the ball just before the instep
  6. Follow through (contributes to direction and pace of the pass)

Outside of the foot pass

  1. Ankle locked
  2. Foot pointing slightly downward at the toe
  3. Leg swings across the ball
  4. Ball should spin when kicked

Receiving a pass

  1. Move toward the ball (don’t wait for it to come to you)
  2. Inside or outside of the foot used most often
  3. Foot surface first touching the ball should be withdrawn slightly on contact to take the momentum out of the ball ("cushioning")
  4. Ball should not be stopped completely, but under close control
  5. Redirect ball in front or to the side in anticipation of moving in that direction to pass or dribble.


  1. Small controlled steps ... ball should be kept approximately 2-3 feet in front of you
  2. Strike the ball with either the inside or outside of the foot (softly and not with the toe)
  3. Look up frequently to establish eye contact
  4. Change speed and direction

Ball juggling

Continuous bouncing of ball off head, shoulders, thigh, foot, etc. without the ball touching the ground
... This will assist in the player being comfortable with the ball.



  1. Legs bent
  2. Shoulders down
  3. Arms at the sides
  4. Used as a means of keeping an opponent away from the ball, or to stall for time waiting for a teammate to get open for a pass.


  1. Lean back at the waist
  2. Lunge into the ball
  3. Strike the ball with the middle of the forehead


  1. Head down
  2. Ankle locked with foot pointing downward at the toe
  3. Strike the ball with the laces of the shoe
  4. Accuracy before power (avoid shooting directly at the goalkeeper)


  1. Ball MUST go directly over the head
  2. Both hands must remain on the ball, thumbs meet behind the ball; thumbs and fingers of both hands form a W)
  3. Both feet must be on the ground (not necessarily flat; it is permissible to drag the toe of the trailing foot)
  4. As soon as ball is released, player should get back onto the field (often to receive a return pass)

Ball Control

  1. Controlling the ball using any legal part of the body (NO HANDS unless you are the goalie)
  2. The controlling surface must "give" on contact to cushion the ball
  3. Ball should stay close to the player (not bounce away)
  4. If using a chest trap, bend the body backward slightly so the ball rolls down onto the ground at the feet