"How to teach young players to use the thigh trap in youth soccer"
What is the key to getting the players to use the thigh trap in youth soccer?
Repetition is the key to getting this soccer skill down...and
there are a number of ways to do it, but before we get into the
specifics check out this quick video for a live look and some tips on
How do we introduce the trap to the kids?
What are the basics of learning thigh control?
How do we tell if we should use the thigh to trap the soccer
ball? A lot of this is up to the player and how comfortable they are
using the different surfaces.
The thigh trap is more for a ball that has
popped up slightly off the ground, another player or a ball coming in
about waist high.
When the ball is coming in the player will raise the leg slightly and cushion the soccer ball on the thigh.
The player should not raise the leg up to fast because the ball will bounce away - just slightly.
The player should not use the knee because the ball will bounce away.
The ball should fall nicely to the players feet so the player can make the next move.
The way that I teach players is I explain the difference
between the knee and the thigh - the thigh has a big surface where the
player can cushion the soccer ball.
U6 players - teaching players the trap.
Each player will get their own individual soccer ball.
The players throw the soccer ball up to themselves.
The player then traps the ball on their thigh and catches the soccer ball.
Repeat the exercise 20- 30 times so the kids get the feel for the skill.
Variation: Have the players play the ball up with the instep and trap the soccer ball on the thigh.
Game: Play a 1 min game - trap and catch - see how many traps the players can get in a min with out the soccer ball hitting the knee or bouncing away. You can mix this skill in with chest traps, and foot traps to make it more economical.
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