EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Using the flick turn to beat opponents

I’m trying to get my players in the habit of beating players when they receive the ball facing their own goal. It’s often quite hard for a young player to change direction when they have a player behind them.

One way is to teach them to flick the ball past the defender, turn and run after it. That cuts out the need to control the ball first, then turn. It is the very act of turning with the ball when the player is most vulnerable to losing it – so if you can cut out the need to turn with the ball, the player has more chance of getting past the defender and retaining possession.

You can coach this using the flick turn drill here. It will give your players a new tool for their box of techniques and could be the one that gives them the advantage when they have their backs to the opposition.

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