Best U12 Youth Soccer Moves | #176-#178 – Traps / Squishes

MOVES #176-#178


The best thing a developing soccer player can do is develop dominant ball skills needed to master the 1v1 (one verses one) game.

This means getting thousands of touches on the ball to develop deep comfort and control with all parts of the body and feet.  This also means mastering specific skills to keep the ball away from an opponent, move the ball around an opponent, and take the ball away from an opponent.  As a player grows up, dominant ball skills provide the best foundation for developing dominant passing skills.

Younger players can work through each move and skip those which are too difficult.  Older players can work through each move and spend time mastering those which are weak or missing from their game.

Moves #176 - #178 – Traps / Squishes
A primary goal for an advanced soccer player should be developing the ability to take a ball out of the air and bring it down to the ground as quickly as possible.  Soccer is best played on the ground - this is where you have the most control and where you can move the fastest with the ball.

Effectively dealing with a ball in the air has two components.  First, you want to gain control of the ball.  Second, you want to bring it to the ground

The process of gaining control of an air ball is called a TrapThe process of bring the ball to the ground is called a Squish.   

Trapping a ball out of the air and then squishing it to the ground is a complicated set of skills, difficult to learn, and demands perfect technique.  In particular, trapping an air ball that is high in the air and coming from a long distance away (medium/long distance trap) is especially difficult.  It is one of the most under practiced skills even at the advanced levels into high school and collegiate levels. 

Most youth players don’t deal well with air balls and bouncing balls, but imagine if you knew exactly what to do.  Imagine if while everyone else is running away from an air ball or waiting for it to settle, you are running towards it to trap it, bring it to the ground quickly, and dribble away with it

Despite its complexity, youth players can learn to trap an air ball and squish it to the groundThis  c ability is a huge advantage in youth soccer and worth investing the time to learn. Take your time, repeat it often, and practice this move over and over. 

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