One of the most important skills to learn in soccer is being able to trap the ball. Most kids when first learning how to stop the ball will often make mistakes like turning to the side or lifting their legs up higher than they should.
This can be extremely dangerous to the players going for the ball. In addition, it is a bad habit that won’t help the players learn to control the ball in front of them.
In order to learn how to properly trap the ball, it’s all about practicing. The more practice you can do with your players in trapping the ball, the better they’ll get at the skill. Here are three simple drills you can do to get your players the skills they need.
The simplest way to learn how to trap is to have two players pass the ball back and forth to each other. Both players should start with their feet, passing the ball to the partner who uses the inside and outside of the foot to lightly trap the ball directly in front of them.
Once this is done for five minutes or so, then it’s time to move on to the thigh trap. This trap is a bit more difficult than trapping with the feet so a good way to begin this is to have each player throw the ball to the other lightly so both can get used to trapping it. Have the players practice trapping with both thighs so that they don’t become over reliant on a single leg.
Finally, it’s time to move on to the chest trap. This could be considered the most difficult type of trap, especially for kids. They are still trying to get to where they aren’t afraid of the ball, and having one come close to their face can be nerve-wracking. The chest trap won’t be something that is mastered in a single practice for sure, so you’ll need to have the players practice it for a few minutes every time you get together.
By doing just a little bit every week, your players will soon become more familiar with the ball and will be well on their way to trapping it effectively.