OLEEE the crowd cheers as they see your soccer moves dicing up a defender you just took on.
Do you love hearing that oooooo from the crowd as you beat a player 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!
Easier said than done when watching Ronaldo. Notice how over time his soccer moves became simpler and simpler and he got away from over doing it with unnecessary tricks. Pure speed is and always will be his best move to beat players.
What a joy to watch he is. Although he is good going either way he clearly favours his left which goes to show that mastering one skill can take you a long way. Another great example of a dribbler who relies on speed, simplicity and a fearless mentality.
Perhaps the most technical player the game has ever seen. The perfect combination of speed and skill makes any dribbler virtually unstoppable, did I mention he was Brazilian? They are usually born with more than enough soccer moves.
PACE, PACE, PACE!! Don't blink when Mbappe gets into full stride. Skillful with a clean touch no doubt, but it is his undeniable speed that makes him an elite dribbler. Never forget that speed is the best move and nothing replaces it.
Stopping on a dime, variation of foot surface and pace is what Hazard is all about. Getting players off balance and blowing by them is his speciality, master of lateral movement while oozing with skill.
His moves aren't always to beat players but to create space for himself in the midfield to make that killer pass or shot. One of his best soccer moves isn't a move at all it's the brilliant way he uses his body to protect the ball and out balance defenders.
From wide or central he has the versatility to do it all. An unselfish dribbler (if there is such a thing) is his exact make up. The fearlessness in his game is what separates good from great so sit back and enjoy.
Try and receive the ball while close to top speed so your work is half done. If the defender gives you the space to shoot or pass take it, don't need to do a move if you already have the space you need.
There is no substitute for athleticism when looking to take players on. Here is a great example of a player who doesn't need lots of touches on the ball to dribble past players. He uses the space between and behind the defender to put pressure on them.
Another Argentinian magician to learn jukes and faints from. A lot of his skill happens between touches with lunges and small explosions. His first touch is on another level and it sets up his next decision on the field like no other.
If you have eyes in the back of your head like him you can stop reading right now. For the rest of us remember how important checking your shoulder is and receiving side on to set up your next touch, dribble or pass.
Bottom's up! He has become a master of using the sole of his foot to meg, control and escape challenges.
Fake shot, dribble, fake shot, dribble dribble open net just tap it in... fake shot again. Mahrez the king of the fake shot on to that left foot. Simple but effective use of convincing body language to make players jump in and make mistakes.
Don't blink or you'll miss him, on the wing or centrally he lights up a game with his blinding speed. Going at full speed allows any little touch from a defender to look worse than it is so get to top speed and stay there. His soccer moves were developed from a young age and continue to get better.
Cruyff and Zidane would be proud of his turns and first touch. Modelling his game from central midfielders that came before him De Bruyne twists and turns like nobody else.
The Step-Over 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 then clockwise motion with one foot or alternating both feet. Got magic in your boots? We will soon find out.
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 girls dig it.
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. Just as they fall for it and lunge in 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.
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 a move 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.
Now you see me, now you don't. The Roulette is essentially a spin move with the ball. Sounds easier than it really is, a great way to change direction and create some space between you and the defender.
Zidane and Maradona made this move their own and are a pleasure to 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.
Flip flap or the snake are other common names for the Elastico. It can be done standing or at speed but much more effective while moving and harder of course.
A high level of skill needed here but a 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.
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.
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.
The Rivelino is a special move, simplicity and disguise at its 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.
The Pull Back Vee is quick, simple and lethal. Best executed when mimicking a pass first before pulling it back.
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.
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 than done believe me. It will take a long time for you to learn this skill no matter your level.
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.
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.
Nothing fancy here but it works. The single lunge is like many things in soccer, simple but effective.
Let's go through it nice and easy now. Running full speed with 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.
Now that you've mastered the single lunge take it one step further and add another variation to add to your arsenal by lunging twice (one to each side).
So while running at speed at the defender lunge to your right (shorter lunge), lunge to your left (longer lunge) than with the outside of your right foot push it to your right. Soccer moves like this one done at speed are deadly for getting a defender off balance.
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 than they are and this is one of them, quite simple really.
The Okocha, named 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.
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, that should be the starting point for all your moves.
Be creative but don't over do it, soccer moves are all about getting the defender off balance and second guessing everything you're doing. 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've ever wondered who in history these moves were named after or the origin of these moves read more about it here at this link of the 15 Best Signature Soccer Moves in Football History.
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