"Tips and techniques for teaching double moves with step-overs,
v-moves and scissors moves"

What are double moves?

A second move is added to a single 1 on 1 soccer move - scissors, cut or step-over, v-move, l-move or lunge move . Once your players have the single move down they can work on adding another move to the other side.

Where and when can kids use second moves?

A second move can be used when defenders get wise to a basic single move. An attacking player makes a single move and the defender does not bite or is not quite off balance. The player throws the next move to get past the defender or freeze the defender.

Maybe the young player has just run into a really good defender and needs something more to get past the player. A double soccer move will have the defender turning in circles. The best time to apply dribbling moves are under pressure from an opponent or taking an opponent on in the attacking areas of the field.

The double move also helps the player develop the right and left side, so they can pass a defender on either side. In my opinion, not every player will be strong on both sides, but can develop one strong side and become very proficient on the weaker side. Some players are just naturally two footed which is obviously a real bonus.

Ok...lets get into double moves!




Double scissors move


Single scissors move: To Recap, the player steps around the soccer ball with the right kicking foot (left to right), with good knee bend and body lean.

The player touches the ball with the left foot to get away from the defender. Obviously, the player could go left and then touch it with the right foot...

Coaching point: An easy way to teach kids the step over is when the player steps around the ball their feet come apart - they end up with a wide base - feet apart.

Double scissors: The player steps around the ball with the right kicking foot (inside - out), next the player steps around the ball with the left kicking foot (inside - out), once the move is completed they push the soccer ball past the defender with the right foot to get away from the defender. Once again, the players can go the opposite way left - right and touch left past the defender.

Great move when a player is running at a defender...

Variation: The player steps around the soccer ball with with the left kicking foot (inside - out) and instead of pushing the soccer ball with the outside of the right foot.

The player pushes the ball with inside of the right foot on the same side they stepped around the soccer ball, past the defender.


Double Cut


Single cut: The player fakes like they are going to shoot the soccer ball, plants the non kicking foot and chops the ball with the kicking foot (magic soccer hop) moving past the defender at an angle.

Coaching point: The player must get the plant off in the direction they want the soccer ball to go and chop down, so the ball has back spin. This will keep the ball from rolling to far from the dribbling player.

Double cut: The player using the double move chops the ball with the right foot - faking like they are going right with the first cut - and then chops the ball back with the left foot going the other way.

Coaching point: The player has to get their hips turned and cut quickly otherwise defenders can recover quickly.


Double Step - over


Single step over move: The player steps around the ball with the right kicking foot (right to left) so the feet will cross - unlike the scissors move. The player uses the right foot foot to push the soccer ball past the defender. The player must make sure they use the body when they step and not just the leg - this way the player really fakes the defender.

Double step over: This time the player steps over the ball with the right foot (right to left) and brings the feet together then steps over with the left foot (left to right) and brings the feet together. The player pushes the soccer ball past the defender with the outside of the left foot...

Coaching tip: Great move when the attacking player is receiving pressure from behind - this move will buy time and give the attacking player a chance to get his or her head up and find a pass or space to dribble into...




Double v-move


Single v-move : The player pulls the ball back towards the left foot with the sole of the right kicking foot - pivots on the plant foot - opens up the hips and pushes the ball past the defender with the inside of the right kicking foot. The move looks like a giant V...

Coaching point: The plant foot should pivot to the right so the player can open their hips and push the soccer ball.

The move looks like a V when the player pulls and pushes the soccer ball.

Double v-move: The players uses the sole of the right kicking foot to pull the soccer ball from left to right and pushes the soccer ball with the inside of the foot going the other way. When the defender gets back in front of the attacking player they can use the move with the left foot to go the other way.

Great move along the side line and in tight spaces...


Double L-move

Single L-move:The player pulls the soccer ball with the sole of the right foot past the standing left foot - the player then touches the soccer ball behind the standing foot with the inside of the right kicking foot.

The move looks like the L shape going behind the standing leg...

Double L move: The player pulls the soccer ball behind the standing left leg with the right kicking foot and pushes the soccer ball with the inside of the right kicking foot.

To change direction the player now steps with the right kicking foot, planting the foot next to the soccer ball and use the left kicking foot to pull the soccer ball back and behind the standing foot.

A great way to teach a these double moves is with shooting games. Click here to get details on the flag game.

Check out this video below for great tips on fast foot work and double moves...



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