"What are the benefits of teaching the v-move to soccer kids?"
The v-move is a great move to use when the player is against the
sideline or in tight spaces among defenders. The move is not complicated
to teach, the players just have to have to get the pivot down.
- The player puts a right foot or a left foot on the soccer ball.
- The player pulls the ball back towards them and pivots on the plant foot.
- The player then opens up the their hips and uses the inside of the foot to push the soccer ball behind the defender.
- The player then accelerates into the space.
This is a great move for getting out of trouble along the sideline and/or when in tight spaces among defenders.
How to teach the v-move in 3 simple steps
The move can be broken down into 3 parts so the players get the idea.
The coach should explain to the players that when they are practicing
the move it makes a big V - pull back and pushed out to form a V.
- There are 2 surfaces of the foot that the players will use, the sole and the inside of the foot.
- Practice pulling the ball back into towards the body,
pivoting on the plant foot - very important! I always make the
basketball analogy to help the kids learn.
- Push the ball into the space with the inside of the foot.
I like to demo the v-move once or twice so the kids get the
idea. If the kids don't get the move I like to break the move down even
further. I label each step like...
- The pull back - with the sole.
- The pivot - spinning on the plant foot.
- The inside foot touch - passing the soccer ball with the inside of the foot.
The coach can break the move down and have the kids work on
each move so they have the points down then combine the parts to form
How do we add the move into a soccer practice?
The coach can warm the kids up by...
- The coach introduces fast foot work exercises to get the players warmed up.
- Once the players are warmed up the coach can work on the v-move specifically.
- Pull back with the right foot.
- Pull back with the left foot.
- Repeat 10 + times on each side so the kids get the feel for the move.
- Add the pivot in - The coach can have the kids do this without the soccer ball if they don't get the move.
- Add the push pass in after the pivot.
Let the players go for a minute and work on their own trying the
move out. Once the players have the move down the coach brings the
players back in to have a player, that has the move down, demonstrate
I have found it is always good when a player can do the move
because now the others will catch on quickly, and it becomes a big game
as to which player can do the best demo in front of the group.
Return to dribbling from the v-move