What is the key to getting young players to use the chest trap to bring the soccer ball out of the air?
Check out this example of good chest control!!
This an easier skill to learn because the players have a bigger surface to bring the soccer ball down on...they just have to get the feel for the skill so their ball control improves.
The key to the trap is to...
The key to the trap is not to let the soccer ball bounce away,
but settle the ball at the players feet so they can trap or volley the
U6 players - an easy way to introduce the trap...
Coaching point: Some kids will keep their hands close to the ball, so it just looks like they are trapping the ball against their chest with their hands.
The coach should encourage the players to get their hands out and pop the soccer ball up so that the coach can see the players are using the chest and not trapping the soccer ball with their hands against the chest.
After the player has done 4-5 reps the coach can decide who is doing well and have that player demonstrate the trap. Having players demonstrate is a huge confidence builder for the kids, if they are selected.
The key is to get the player...
This is an easy way to introduce the trap at soccer practice for the younger player. I will generally throw this skill in when we are working on juggling or introducing thigh traps.
U8 - U10 players
The players should have the basic trap down by this time, but if they do not the coach can go back and introduce the trap with the player just throwing the ball to him or herself.
Here is an exercise for more advanced players, which coaches can add to their soccer practice plans.
Coaching point: The player trapping the soccer ball should pop the ball up so they have time to trap the soccer ball with the foot and play the ball back to the server with a good pass.
Equipment: Cones, scrimmage vests and soccer balls.
Game: The coach forms a circle with the cones and puts half the players inside the circle and half the players outside of the circle with a soccer ball.
The beauty about this game is the coach can add different
skills to the game like passing, volleys, thigh control or even turning