Trapping the Ball in Soccer


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Trapping the ball is an important skill you need to master as soccer player. It doesn’t matter if it is a pass from a teammate, a clearance from the goalkeeper or a 40 yard cross pass, maintaining the possession of ball is crucial. The difference between professional and amateur soccer is the quality of the first touch.

Trapping the ball in 3 steps

1. Your foot should be 2-3 inches off the ground

2. You toes should point up

3. Now use the sole of your foot to stop the ball

Here is how to trap a ball that is bouncing

1. Try to figure out where the ball will bounce

2. Move yourself to that spot

3. Now, turn the foot sideways

4. Lift your foot slowly off the ground

5. Directly after the ball hits the ground use your instep to touch it

6. The backspin of the ball should roll it toward you