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Technique: choosing the right tools

dave clarkeWhen a young player is faced with choices it is always a great feeling when you see them make the right ones.

In training this week I was coaching the correct technique for the stepover. I’m sure you’ve witnessed some amazing attempts at what players think is the correct one for a stepover. “But my dad showed me how it works…” is often the response when I get my players to change their technique.

During the match that followed two of my players were using the technique to great effect and one of them used it to create space to score a goal. The players loved it and began to realise when they could use it.

The same is true for situations where your players need to beat a defender, by turning with a flick turn or spin. And again, when you see your players in action and they use a technique you have coached them, you feel like it’s all worth it!

Watch the clip below of three goal for Roma against Cagliari in the Italilan Serie A. The first one scored by Francesco Totti is a penalty, well taken high above the keeper, the second is from Simone Perrotta who reacts fantastically well to rebound off the Cagliari goalkeeper, and the third was created by a control and turn with a through ball to Jeremy Menez who uses a stepover to beat the goalkeeper.

Three goals all very different but all use techniques and concentration to get the goal.


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The stepover in the video is at 2:34′

Comment by steve

I completely agree. When you see your players putting the things you’ve trained on all week into a match situation it makes it all worth while.

The challenge is having the patience and stamina to work through the times that they aren’t getting it to arrive at those moments of encouragement.

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