"Teaching the step-over in four
easy steps to kid soccer players"



Step over move


The step-over is a great move for two reasons...

  • Getting out of trouble when defenders are applying pressure from behind the attacking player.
  • Beating a player 1 on 1 with a move.

The move fakes the defender out and allows the player to get away.


How to teach the move


The technique is really very easy to teach. The players just have to get the timing down.

Break the move down into 3 working parts so it is easy for the kids to learn.

  • The player steps around the ball with the kicking foot - from right to left or outside-in.
  • The player then brings his or her feet together.
  • The player then touches the ball with the kicking foot to the side.
Coaching point:

The most important thing that players have to remember is that in using the step over move the player has to use the whole body to fake the defender out.


Here is a great example of step over the move.


Step over practice


Generally, when I teach the move I do it in conjunction with a few other moves. So, for the sake of this page we will concentrate on the move.

I will start the practice with either juggling or 1 on 1 soccer move to get the kids warmed up.

I generally demo the move a couple of ways...

  • A demo so the I am facing the kids so they can see the move.
  • The player steps around the ball with the kicking foot - from right to left or outside-in.
  • The player then brings his or her feet together.
  • The player then touches the ball with the kicking foot to the side.

Coaching tip: I will bring the kids back in and do another demo and have one or two of the players that have the move down demo...this becomes a game with the kids because the players gain confidence and want to demo.

A demo facing away so they can see the move.

Why do the demos like this you ask?

  • The kids will use the moves two ways, beating a player and getting out of trouble.
  • I send the kids to go out and try the move out to see what the level is? Once I have an idea of what the level is then we can decide how to proceed.

If you don't have someone that can demo get a young player, college kid or former coach.

If the players don't get it break the move down in 3's...

Small sided games:

I like to play a fun small sided games when the players can try out move. I will play the small sided games and reward points if I see the player pull off or try the move.



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