Pro Soccer Moves

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OLEE the crowd cheers as they see your special soccer moves dicing up a defender you just took on. Do you love hearing that oooooo from the crowd as you take a player on again and again? Nothings sweeter than hearing teammates after the game saying "did you see that move he pulled out there?" guy can play. Scissors and drags and megs oh my!

Okay, my turn! Want to know how to do specific moves just like the video? Step by step instructions and tips to execute your favourite move on the pitch.

But don't forget or be fooled by all the flare you see on tv, the most effective moves like any good pro will tell you is executing it at speed. Whatever you do the key to taking on players is doing it at a full sprint, after you do that a couple times then you can try other things.

Be creative but don't over do it, soccer moves are about getting the defender off balance and being effective, enjoy. Whether it's a roll, drag, step-over, fake or any other type of move used at the highest of levels you'll find them all here.

If you take one thing from all these pro moves it's that these are to be done at speed not standing hanging out sippin' some tea while you wait for the defender get all nice and set. Push the pace, do your one fake and push the ball by them. It's special when you see the best of pros pull some of the most basic of soccer moves off like the ones listed here but with such class and at a big moment. That's a true sign of a professional who understands their craft.

Step-Over | Rabona | Fake Shot/Cross | Cryuff Turn | Roulette | Elastico |

Reverse Matthews | Cut| Rivelino| Pull Back Vee | Rainbow| Roll Heel|

Hocus Pocus| Single Lunge| Double Lunge| Ronaldo Chop| The Okocha|


The Step-Over or Fan can be a deadly move when trying to get a player off balance and look silly all at the same time. The move is executed while running at speed literally stepping over the ball in a counter clockwise motion with one foot or alternating both feet. Got those sparks in your boots? We'll see about that.

Things to remember about the Step-Over:

-Execute the move at speed not standing still

-Keep your knees bent and body low to remain in sprinting position and easier circling of the ball

-Execute the step overs over the ball at quick rhythm, slow step overs fool nobody

-As soon as you have the defender off balance and at your mercy, push the ball by him


Got skills? Do a Rabona in a game and I'll believe you. The move doesn't look like much but can be tricky. Basically the move is rapping one leg behind the other and hitting the ball for a cross or shot. Cristiano, Quaresma and Riquelme do the Rabona better than most, this skill really has no effectiveness over a basic cross, but the chicks dig it.

Things to remember about the Rabona:

-Ball needs to be to the right or left of both of your feet

-Use the closer leg for balance, the far leg raps around and hits the ball

-Lean your body back

-Try and use a big wind up

Fake Shot/Cross

Don't flinch now. The fake shot/cross may be the most effective of all the soccer moves in your arsenal to get that half a second or half a step on a defender. The wind up to the shot/cross needs to resemble that one of your actual shot/cross for the defender to bite, and just as they are you cut it back and make them wish they didn't get out of bed that morning.

Again, the fake shot/cross is pretending you are actually going to shoot or cross the ball and at the last second cut it back inside or outside. Simple and effective, nothing to it, but to do it.

Things to remember about the Fake Shot/Cross:

-Make it look like you are actually going to do the action

-Big wind up

-Keep the ball close to your body

Cryuff Turn

You spin me right round baby right round like a record. The Cryuff Turn spins defenders right round and inside out. The change of direction and pace of such soccer moves can make defenders legs feel like jello. The move is effectively executed when facing one way with the ball taking it with the inside of your foot through your legs and back the other way. When perfected the Cryuff Turn not only beats defenders but also remains in a position for you to maintain possession by keeping your body between the ball and the defender.

Things to remember about the Cryuff Turn:

-Keep your body in a low athletic stance

-Make the turn quickly and sharply

-It's a one touch turn so don't over complicate the move


Now you see me, now you don't. The Roulette is essentially a spin move with the ball. Sounds easier than it really is, great way to change direction and create some space between you and the defender. Zidane and Maradonna made this move their own and are a pleasure watch when doing it. Making this one of your signature soccer moves will add to your arsenal of foot skills on the pitch. So one foot goes on the ball, rolls it to the other while spinning away and changing direction. Defenders reading this just fainted, stick to tackling.

Things to remember about the Roulette:

-Do it at speed or it won't work

-The move is about body positioning as much as it is pulling off the footwork involved

-Best done when defender is on the move as well

-Keep your body low and use your arms to shield while spinning


Flip flap or the snake are other common names for the Elastico. Can be done standing or at speed but much more effective while moving and harder of course. High level of skill needed but high level of reward comes with it, the reward is making the defender check for you in his closet before he goes to sleep. The move is performed by hitting the ball with the outside of your foot then inside in one fluent motion as the foot snaps. Ronaldinho, Ronaldinho, Ronaldinho.

Things to remember about the Elastico:

-Make sure the defender is about 1-3 yards away from you, not more.

-Commit to it and do it quickly or you'll fail

-Don't over use it and take it's element of surprise away, give this and your other soccer moves your own twist.

-Keep your knees fairly bent


The Cut may be the most basic move to beat a defender out there. Their are several variations of the cut but the most basic is taking the ball with the inside of your foot across the defender from one side to the other "cutting" the ball quickly.

The move will work even better if you push it a little forward with the same foot your cutting it with before executing the move.

Things to remember about the Cut:

-Setting up the cut is as important as anything, open you hips one way, bring the ball across to the other side.

-Execute the move quickly or it will be ineffective.

-One touch cut, don't over complicate a simple move.

Reverse Matthews

The Reverse Matthews similar to the regular Matthews just reversed. Instead of taking a quick touch with the inside of your foot then taking it with the outside of your foot you now start with the outside.

This move will work best when going at speed and executed as quick as possible. A common mistake when failing to execute soccer moves likes this is either doing it too slowly or getting the ball caught under your feet.

Things to remember about the Reverse Matthews:

-The second touch with the outside of your foot should be a relatively long touch to escape the defender.

-At speed!!!

-Don't over do it and lose its element of surprise.


The Rivelino is a special move, simplicity and disguise at it's finest. As you run naturally with the ball you fake running over it completely by stepping completely over it with the inside of the ball carrying foot, then taking it with the outside of the same foot. Oh and just like all soccer moves, the faster the better.

Things to remember about the Rivelino:

-Don't wait for the defender to bite, do all parts in fluidity.

-Again, the faster the better.

-Set it up like it's a fake pass or shot, the second where the defender flinches is where you'll skin them.

Pull Back Vee

The Pull Back Vee is quick, simple and lethal. Best executed when mimicking pass first before pulling it back the Pull Back Vee is all about timing.

The move is executed when the ball is slightly in front of you on the far side of your body and you pull it down towards you with the bottom of your foot then up the opposite way with the inside of the same foot. Creating a "V" hence the name.

Things to remember about the Pull Back Vee:

-More of a stationary move not one done at full speed

-The quicker the better

-Commit to it, don't do half of it then think "oh no I'm done for".

-One of many great soccer moves for escaping pressure


So here's a move that you'll either be applauded for or laughed at. Very difficult and you'll rarely ever use it in a game, a Rainbow.

The ball starts on the ground then both feet go on either side of the ball, one leg rolls the ball up the leg as the other flicks it over the opponent. Soccer moves like this are much easier said then done believe me. It will take a long time for you to learn this skill no matter your level.

Things to Remember About the Rainbow:

-This move takes time to learn and to be honest no need to ever use it in a real match

-Squeeze the ball and in one fluent motion roll and flick

-Practice it stationary before you move on to doing it at game speed

-Don't let your coach see you try it in a game! May be the last time you see the field

Roll Heel

Get your roll on! Soccer moves such as the Roll Heel take speed of foot and speed of thought.

So here we go, take the ball with the inside of your foot (either one) across your body but not too far in front. Roll it about half way across your body then take it with the heel or back part of your other foot in the opposite direction. This one sounds tricky but really isn't, you can handle it. Soccer moves like any other skill are about repetition and practice but you should be able to pick this one up fairly quickly.

Things to Remember About the Roll Heel

-Don't roll the ball too far out in front of you or you won't be able to get your other foot on to it.

-Soccer moves like this one need change of pace so after you hit the ball in the opposite direction sprint!

-Execute the move at pace while moving not stationary if you want it to work.

Hocus Pocus

Now you see it, now you don't! The Hocus Pocus is a high level skill move that takes technical ability, timing and some serious confidence to attempt never mind pull off, much like all high level soccer moves.

Ball starts on the inside of either foot (use the inside of your dominant foot trust me). The ball then while still using the inside of your foot goes behind your plant leg around it and back to where you started with the ball. So it goes, behind, around and back across. Much more difficult said than done.

Things to Remember About the Hocus Pocus

-The faster the better

-First learn the move while stationary and then eventually on the move (it's gonna take some time)

-Lean forward slightly so your plant foot can get out in front of you a little so the move can be executed a little easier.

-High level move, so if you're just learning how to spell "soccer", soccer moves as difficult as this one aren't for you yet.

So many different soccer moves and skills from around the globe and the beauty is each player brings his own flavor to the pitch.

Single Lunge

Nothing fancy here but it works. The single lunge is like many things in soccer, simple but effective.

Lets go through it nice and easy now. Running full speed at the ball step to one side of the ball faking/lunging that way and taking it with the outside of your other foot and sprinting in that direction. It can be done with either foot, soccer moves like the single lunge are easy and deadly.

Things to Remember About the Single Lunge

-Sell the fake by shifting all of your body weight into the lunge

-Like always everything at speed

-Take the one touch in the opposite direction nice and long to elude your defender

Double Lunge

Now that you've mastered the single lunge time to take it one step further and add another variation to add to your arsenal.

So while running at speed at the defender lunge to your right (shorter lunge), lunge to your left (longer lunge) then with the outside of your right foot push it to your right. Soccer moves like this one at speed is deadly for getting a defender off balance.

Things to Remember About the Double Lunge

-Quicker lunges the better

-Whichever side you do the first lunge to is the side you will end up taking the ball to. So if you lunge right to start the sequence will go - Right lunge, left lunge, take ball to right.

-Make the first lunge shorter then the second to sell it to the defender

-No more than two lunges, any more you're not going to fool anybody

Ronaldo Chop

The Ronaldo Chop is a move done more often by flank players taking players on at speed. It also provides you some separation and time on the ball when flying down the field.

While running at full speed hitting the ball with the inside of either foot hit the ball across and behind your planting leg. Sounds much more complicated then it is. Really all it is is a cut of the ball but instead of in front of your legs it's behind them. Some soccer moves sound more complicated then they are and this is one of them, quite simple really.

Things to Remember About the Ronaldo Chop

-Get the ball out under your feet nice and wide to the opposite side

-Sell it by pushing the ball forward with the outside of the foot then quickly with the inside

-Do it on the move never stationary or you'll wind up playing catch up

The Okocha

The Okocha name after Jay Jay Okocha is easily my favourite move and move I use the most in matches. It provides everything all great soccer moves do, speed, putting defenders off balance and an outcome.

While running at speed roll the ball with the inside of your right foot across your body and fake like you're going to hit it with your left foot but step over it instead. While you're doing this fake your body as if you're going right and go with the ball to your left. The video above shows how easy and effective it really is.

Things to Remember About the Okocha

-Roll the ball far enough out across your body so it doesn't get stuck under your feet.

-Touch it with the inside your the foot you're about to roll it with to sell your move

-Just a quick body faint to the right will do, no need to overdue it.

-Burst of speed right after you fake to the right will keep your defender guessing which soccer moves you're going to pull off next.

Have You Ever Pulled Off One of These Moves or Other Amazing Moves in a Game? Or Do You Have Tips on Them?

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