Soccer is a sport that requires a high level of speed, agility and fast and explosive direction changes, and both defensive and offensive players need these skills. This drill will not only help you improve those skills, but will also improve your footwork. And we all know that you can not be a soccer player at a high level without fast footwork. This drill is called Soccer directional footwork and will also help you build strength with the help of the added resistance from the Kinetic Bands.
Setting it up
We will need four cones to set up the drill. Place the four cones on the ground so they form a square, with each cone about 8-10 yards apart from each other. And last but not least strap the Kinetic Bands around your legs ,warm up and start with the drill.
The Soccer directional footwork drill consists of four parts: the bob, the chop, the cut, and the Cryuff.
The bob is a soccer move that players use when a defender is coming close to them. Start this part by moving the ball forward and then visualise that a defender is trying to attack and take the ball away from you, stop the ball with one foot and then change direction by pushing the ball to the other side of the square with your other foot.
The chop is another useful move to change direction away from the defender. Like the bob move the ball forward and then fake a shot or a long pass and change direction by pushing the ball with the outside part of your foot.
The cut is simillar to the chop. Move the ball forward and fake a shot or a long pass, but this time instead with the outside of your foot push the ball with the inside of your foot and then move the ball away to the other side with the outside part of your other foot.
The cryuff is a harder move and requires more skill than the other three moves. Move the ball forward and then pull under your body and imediatly change direction. You may need to practice these skill before you master it.
Complete 4 resisted sets for each of these exercises and then 2 unresisted sets. You should also do these exercises with both feet your better and your weaker foot.
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