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How to Trap a Hard Soccer Pass

Free Soccer Training video focused on How to Trap a Hard Soccer Pass.  At Online Soccer Academy (OSA) we make BETTER Soccer Players / Football Players through FREE soccer tutorials.  We inspire athletes that if you Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible. 

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How to Trap a Hard Soccer Pass - How to Control a Soccer Ball - Soccer Ball Control - How to Trap a Soccer Ball - Soccer Skills- Soccer Drills - Soccer Tutorial


How to Trap a Hard Soccer Pass

Learn to how trap a hard soccer pass in this weeks training video by Online Soccer Academy. 

1st touch in soccer is everything. If you can't control a ball it's hard to play this game. Most of this exercise will be controlling a ball out of the air but the same technique applies to the ground too. 

Key Points:

1. Think of catching an egg. Would you catch an egg like this? No, because it would crack. Would you catch an egg like this? Yes, because you are cradling or cushioning it in. This same idea applies with your foot. 

2. Have your foot meet the ball out in front of your plant leg. This will give you room to cushion the ball in. 

3. Cushion the ball in right as it's about to hit your foot. Do not let it hit you and then start cushioning it in. That's to late, it's all about timing.

4. Make contact on the upper middle part of the ball. This helps get your touch to go down. If you make contact under the ball or on the lower part of the ball, there is a good chance the ball will pop up on you. 

5. Have a slight lean forward with your chest. Don't lean back when you take your touch. 

6. Keep your eyes on the ball. Look at the ball when you take your touch. 

Exercise Player Can Do:

Start off having your partner with the ball in their hands. They throw it to you under hand with little spin on the ball from 5 yards away. They throw it, you control it and pass it back on the ground. Then repeat for 1 minute and switch with your partner. 

Your partner should not be throwing the ball to hard at you. Decent pace but not to hard. We are working on control and we have to take baby steps to improve, don't immediately start making it to hard on yourself. Once you start to get it, then you can increase speed of the throw and distance. 

Repeat this exercise from 5 yards until you get it. Once you are getting it have your partner throw it from 10 yards and at a faster pace. Then have them kick it from 15 yards and kick it at a fast pace. Keep increasing distance and speed of pass as you get more confident. 

What Player Could Be Doing Wrong:

Some things that could be going wrong. If the ball is hitting you and just flying off your foot then you are not cushioning the ball in. Think of the egg, cushion the egg in when you catch it, don't let it just hit you and crack. 

If you can't get the timing down then your partner is throwing or kicking the ball to fast to you. Ask them politely to not pass it so hard so you can get the timing down. Once you do get the timing down, then you can ask them to speed up the pass to you.

Bonus Tips!

Juggling is a great way to improve ball control! Click here to watch OSA videos teaching you how to juggle. Improve your juggling and receiving hard passes out of the air will start to come more naturally to you. 

When using other parts of your body for controlling a pass the same idea applies; cushion the ball in. Don't let it just hit you and bounce off.

This Video Covers:
How to Trap a Hard Soccer Pass - How to Control a Soccer Ball - Soccer Ball Control -
How to Trap a Soccer Ball - Soccer Skills- Soccer Drills - Soccer Tutorial