- Created on 15 March 2014
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In today’s game it is important that players are comfortable on the ball. Fast footwork drills and skills are designed to develop confidence with the ball in tight spaces. The objectives of a fast footwork practice are:
• Coordination of feet
• A “feel” for the ball
• Flexibility and agility
• Speed and quick movements
• Creativity and confidence
How it Works
There are a number of skills taught when working with fast footwork sessions. Players begin slowly and increase speed until they can execute the skill at a fast pace. After executing a skill the ball is played rapidly back and forth between the insides of the left and right foot for a combined total of six or eight touches. The skill is then repeated or another skill is performed. Many of the footwork drills can be used in game situations.
Fast Footwork – Individual Basic Moves
The basic move: With the weight forward on the balls of the feet, the ball is tapped (passed) repeatedly from the inside of one foot to the other, touching the ball once with each foot. The player is relaxed and the knees are bent for good balance. Start slowly and then increase the speed.
The basic move plus the push: Start with the basic move with 5 or 6 touches. Without stopping, push the ball softly forward with the inside of the right foot. Immediately plant the right foot; reach out for the ball with the sole of the left foot and pull the ball back between the feet. Repeat the basic move. Without stopping repeat the move using the left foot to push the ball forward and the right foot to pull it back. Always perform the basic move between skills.
The basic move plus the diagonal push: Start with the basic move. On the last touch with the inside of the left foot, play the ball diagonally across so the ball is in front of the right foot.footwork drills Reach out with the sole of the right foot and pull the ball back to the inside of the left foot. Repeat the basic move and repeat the skill starting with the right foot. Continue the skill alternating feet.
Basic move plus outside of the foot: Start with the basic move. Push the ball softly in front. Immediately pull the ball back using the sole of the right foot on the top of the ball. Quickly move the foot off the top of the ball and using the outside of the right foot push the ball slightly to the right. Quickly move the right foot to the outside of the ball and using the inside of the right foot pull the ball back to the left foot. Pull the ball back with the left sole and repeat the skill.
Play the ball forward softly with the right foot: Step over the ball with the left foot and using the outside of the left foot pull the ball back. As you do this pivot to the left on the right foot.footwork drills With the left foot now planted pull the ball back across your body with the outside of the right foot. Add in the basic move and repeat.
Using the sole of the right foot: on top of the ball, pull the ball back towards you. As the ball is about to pass the standing leg (left), move the right leg away from the body and using the inside of the right foot pass the ball behind the left foot. Immediately plant the right foot and pivot to the left. Raise the left foot and bring it over the ball. Using the sole of the left foot bring the ball in and start the basic move. Repeat in the opposite direction.
Begin with the basic move: Using the inside of the left foot, softly push the ball forward. Follow the ball by reaching out with the sole of the right foot and stop the ball with a light touch. Immediately after stopping the ball the right foot continues forward and is planted on the ground beyond the ball. Transfer the weight to the right foot and pivot 180 degrees so you are facing the ball. Pull the ball back with the left sole between your feet and begin the basic move again. Repeat the above skill starting with the right foot.
Begin with the basic move: Stop the ball with the sole of the right foot. The first contact is high on the ball. Roll the ball to the right with the sole of the foot. Let the right foot move over the ball and using the inside of the right foot pull the ball back to the middle of your feet and begin the basic move. Repeat using the left foot.
1. Have the players work in a confined area. This will help the players learn to keep their heads up while performing the moves. Perform a series of skills in sequence always using the basic move as the start point.
2. In a confined area divide the players into two groups. Each player in one group has a ball. This drill simulates a 1 v. 1 situation. Ask the players with the ball to perform a series of fast footwork drills against a passive opponent.footwork drills The player on the ball performs fast footwork skills and practices shielding the ball from the defender. The players without the ball move around the area and approach any players with the ball.
3. 3 v. 1 in a confined area of 12 yards x 12 yards. In order to get the players accustomed to pressure and at the same time, force them to use various fast footwork skills, which include shielding,footwork drills feinting and dribbling moves; we put a condition on this drill. Each time a player receives the ball they must touch it five times before they can pass it. If the defender wins the ball they change places with the player who lost the ball.
Teaching Method for Fast Footwork Skills
1. Start with the basic move with each skill
2. Introduce a new skill in practice. Don’t move to the next skill until the players have mastered the new skill.
3. Combine the basic move with every skill
4. Introduce a new skill
5. Using the basic skill before starting each skill- combine the two skills learned
6. Introduce a new skill
7. Using the basic move before each skill, combine skills one, two and three
8. Continue in this manner until all skills are learned
It is recommended that fast footwork drills be practiced 15 minutes each day.
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