Best U12 Youth Soccer Moves | #179-#181 – Kicking/Passing/Traps

MOVES #179-#181


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 #179 - #181 – Kicking / Passing / Traps

A primary goal for an advanced soccer player should be developing the ability to take a ball out of the air.  The process of gaining control of an air ball is called a Trap.   

Kicking a ball out of the air (bouncing or otherwise) is a Volley.   

A Trap combined with a Volley is a huge goal scoring weapon.  Volleys generate significantly more power and velocity than striking a ball off the ground. 

Watch goal scoring highlights from any of the premiere soccer leagues and you will routinely see trap volley’s resulting in goals.      

Chest Trap + Volley = Goal

Thigh Trap + Volley = Goal

As one example, James Rodriguez scored the greatest goal of the 2014 World Cup off a trap + volley.

The trap + volley is a complicated skill, 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.

Despite its complexity, youth players can learn this techniqueThis ability is a huge advantage in youth soccer and worth investing the time to learn.

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