Ball Control Lesson #2

Broadly defined, control is the ability to manipulate the ball and prepare it for a following touch. It is one of the most essential skills in football. A bad first touch and the play is usually over for the player. Nearly all top players are known for having good control over the ball. MessiKaká

How to control the ball
There are two types of control, receiving and trapping. Receiving means directing the ball into space away from the body. Trapping is stopping the ball right at your feet.

Receiving
Receiving is useful When running into space. Try to make contact with the middle or top part of the ball. Tap it lightly in the direction that you want to go. Good footballers can settle the ball into open space, even when under pressure. This often provides an extra step over the defender.

Trapping
Trapping is typically used when the ball is going too fast to redirect with your first touch. The most important part here is staying loose and on your toes. You can’t adjust to the ball when you’re stiff or flat-footed. Try keeping your hips open, facing the direction from where the ball is coming. Put you foot in the path of the ball and cushion it. To cushion the ball, gently withdraw your foot just before the time of contact.

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