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Soccer Trapping (Receiving) Skills


General Principles

  • Get in line of flight
  • Adjust position back and forth to select suface
  • Cushion Ball
  • Land ball 2-3 feet away, ready for next action

Selecting a trapping surface

Three catagories of balls:

  • Level balls
  • Descending balls
  • Rising balls

Ground to knee height balls

Level balls:
Use the inside of the foot below the ankle bone to stop the ball, then withdraw the foot, absorbing the force off of the ball or redirecting it as necessary. Keep focus on the ball, don't wedge trap ground balls as this doesn't allow for repositioning. Cushion the ball (soft feet) for better control.

Descending and rising balls:
Smother the ball at the moment it strikes the ground, position the toe up forming a wedge, pre-position the foot in the path of the ball's flight. The ball can also be caught and cushioned with the instep. Don't position the foot to high as this will allow the ball to bounce under the foot.

Thigh-height balls

Level and descending balls:
Use the middle portion of the thigh, withdraw the thigh as the ball strikes it so that the ball bounces slightly up and forward, landing in a ready position. Keep ball in front of the player and not to the side. Cushion ball well so that the ball does not bounce to far away from the player.

Level and rising balls:
Turn the leg out 90 degrees and use the soft fleshy surface to absorb the shock of the ball.

Chest height balls

Level balls:
Using the middle of the chest, expand the chest and draw the shoulders forward before the ball strikes. Exhale and collapse the chest at impact to cushion and catch the ball. Make sure the ball stikes the center of the chest so that it doesn't bounce of to the left or the right. Make sure the ball does not stike to high and hit the player in the throat or face.

Rising balls:
Bend forward and deflect the ball down with the lower chest or abdomen. Keep the ball center for better control.


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