The stepover

It’s important to teach your players new soccer skills and let them try them out in matches.

Simple moves like the stepover, also known as the scissors, intrigue children and they love learning them.

And it’s really easy to teach. Go through the following sequence slowly, give lots of praise and allow your players plenty of time to practise.

1. Start dribbling slowly.

2. The left foot circles the ball – without touching it – in an anti-clockwise direction.

3. Dip the left shoulder so that it looks as though you will move that way.

4. Now take the ball past your opponent with the outside of your right foot.

Soccer coaching tip: Left-footed players should start with their right foot circling the ball in a clockwise direction.