How to teach the L-move to
youth soccer players

The L-move is a very effective move to either turn or beat a player. The move is not very difficult to teach, but the kids have to master pulling the ball back with the sole and touching the ball behind the plant foot with the inside of the foot.

The move can be applied all over the field to get out of trouble or beat a player 1vs1. The move is especially good in situations where players have to shield the soccer ball.

The move can even be used as a pass...


Teach the L-move in 4 simple steps

The move is simple to learn, but more complicated to apply under the pressure of an opponent.

The player steps with the left foot (plant foot) and puts the right foot on the soccer ball.

The player drags the ball back with the sole of the foot past the standing leg.


Once the player has rolled the ball back past the plant foot the player touches the soccer ball with the inside of the right foot behind the plant foot.

Coaching points: This touch has to be firm so the ball goes into the space.

The player now accelerates into the space. This is important to escape from the defender.

Coaching point: The standing foot or plant foot is planted next to the soccer ball so the ball does not make contact with the standing foot. It is very important so the players can make the next touch.




Teach the L-move in soccer practice

There are many ways to teach the move in soccer practice.

Here is an example...

The coaches can start with a warm using fast foot work then move into teaching the move. This could be in conjunction with other soccer moves like a v-move, step over or scissors.

The coach should teach the move in space first - meaning no cones or grids.

Check out an easy soccer exercise for teaching the move...

Equipment: Two cones, soccer balls

Grid: The coaches place the two cones 3-5 yards apart.

The soccer ball is placed next to one of the cones - the player puts the plant foot next to the ball and puts the kicking foot on the ball.

Coaching point: If the soccer ball is on the right cone the plant right foot will be the left foot and the kicking foot will be on the soccer ball. Obviously, if the ball is on the other cone reverse the feet.

The player drags the ball back and touches the soccer ball behind the standing leg in the direction to the other cone. The player repeats the exercise going the opposite direction.

Once the players have worked on the move the coach can introduce small sided games, and see which players can use the move during the small sided games.


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