The Cruyff turn is a move invented by the famous Dutch player, Johann Cruyff. He was a master soccer player in the 1970's who played for the Dutch National team and Ajax in Holland.
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Players that get this soccer turn mastered will be deadly on the turn and great at getting out of pressure. I love seeing my kids get this turn mastered.
So, here goes...
the player will generally have some pressure on them when using the soccer turn or just use it to turn into space. Unlike the cut the Cruyff turn requires the player to...
You now have the basics of the the soccer turn - practice time!
The players work on basic soccer touches getting comfortable with the soccer ball - a good warm up.
Intro the soccer turn...
I like to demo the turn a couple of times so the players see where to put their feet and what the turn looks like - paint a picture.
The first thing I tell the kids is look at it like a clock - the player wants to go from 6 o'clock to 12 O'clock - so it is a complete turn.
Break down the skill first so the players get the idea.
Once the player has the basics down I let them go and try the skill out with no pressure - 1 minute games.
The kids will run into a few common mistakes when learning the turn - they are very easily fixed!
Cutting the ball in front of the plant foot like an inside foot cut.
Hitting the plant foot when turning.
Once they basic movements down see if they can pull the move off in small sided games.
The coach can introduce small sided games at the end of soccer practice. While the kids are playing small sided games like 3v3 or 4v4 the coach can observe to see which player can use a Cruyff turn. If the coach sees a good turn then he or she can give the players points.
Enjoy your coaching!