How to Chest a Soccer Ball

How to Chest a Soccer Ball

Today we are learning how to chest a soccer
ball. What’s going on? Little dap!
It’s Emily Grant, former pro, current college coach and coach with Online Soccer Academy.
Learning to chest a ball will improve your ball control. First touch is so important
in this game. Taking a ball out of the air on your chest is part of having a great first
touch. This video will cover the fundamental key points to chest trapping a ball straightforward.
Key Points! Key Point One. Arms in, not out. When the ball is coming to your chest you
want your arms in. This will help protect you in case a defender crashes into your side.
What you don’t want is your arms out like you are trying to fly away. You certainly
don’t get style points for that! Key Point Two. Feet Shoulder Width Apart.
For good balance have your feet shoulder width apart.
Key Point Three. Have a Slight Bend in your Knees.
Key Point Four. Lean Back Slightly. As the ball is getting close to you, lean
back slightly in preparation of receiving it.
If you lean back too far the ball will go behind you or up too high. If the ball goes
behind you and you didn’t want it to that’s a bad touch. If the ball goes up too high
in the air, it’s not that’s it’s a bad touch, but it’s not a smart touch.
The reason is it takes an extra second or two for the ball to come back down. This extra
second or two is more time for a defender to close you down. You don’t want that!
Key Point Five. Receive the Ball Right Below your Clavicle Bone.
The ball should hit right below your clavicle bone and right above your chest line.
Key Point Six. Cushion or Pop the Ball. If the ball is coming hard at you then cushion
the ball in by absorbing it right when the ball is about to hit you. You do this by leaning
back right when the ball is about to hit you. It’s like catching an egg. Would you catch
an egg like this? No, because it would hit your hands and break. You’d catch an egg
by cushioning it in. Same idea applies to a fast ball coming at you.
If the ball is coming soft at you, then you need to pop the ball off your chest more.
This is because the ball’s natural momentum isn’t much so you have to give it that extra
pop. Key Point Seven. Control the Ball One to Two Feet ahead of you. In most situations
when chest trapping you want your touch to put the ball one to two feet ahead of you.
If the ball is too close to your body when you trap it then it’s awkward to try and
kick it on your second touch. Versus taking a touch one to two feet ahead
of you and this sets you up for a smooth kick. Remember it’s not easy to make it look easy,
you want to be the type of player that makes it look easy. An exercise to practice is chest
trapping with a partner. You will need a partner and a ball. Have your partner stand a few
feet away with the ball in their hands. They toss it to you with two hands and underhand
service. You control it on your chest and pass it back on the ground or out of the air
depending on your skill level. Repeat this for one minute and then switch. Do two sets
each. Mini Bonus Tip! It’s easier for the player
receiving the ball if it’s a firm, straight toss versus a high lobbed toss. How To Make
It More Challenging! After two sets, make it more challenging by
having your partner mix it up and serve it to you faster and softer versus perfect every
time. This way you have to adapt as the ball is traveling whether you should cushion it
in or pop it forward. Repeat this for one minute and then switch. Do two sets each.
What’s Wrong! If the ball is going up too high or behind
you when you trap it then you are leaning too far back. Remember it’s a slight lean
back, not a limbo lean back! Bonus Tip! Don’t be scared when the ball
hits you! If you are like ouch, I hope this doesn’t hurt, OMG I hope the ball never
comes to me in the air… then you are bound to have a bad touch every time. Yes, it might
hurt when you are first learning to chest trap, but you will get over it! Be a baller,
not a baby! Hope you enjoyed this Online Soccer Academy
video! Click here to watch our incredibly helpful 200+ free videos, go here if you want
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Camp. My name is Emily Grant and remember if you
Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible. Believe
in it®!

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “How to Chest a Soccer Ball

  1. Erik Ferro says:

    Little dap

  2. Angel HD says:

    Any advice on how to whip the ball in while running I have a hard time doing this and any advice on how to get better vision

  3. David Seo says:

    wait is she married with jared?

  4. Online Soccer Academy says:

    This is Coach Jared. PLEASE leave a comment with respect and class. I've had to delete a few comments due to not polite things being said. I always speak highly of OSA fans, please keep it classy in the comments and show why I speak so highly of yall. Thank you! – Coach Jared

  5. Alp says:

    Hello can u do a how to not be scared of the ball video? Much appreciated thanks jared

  6. Jair Garcia says:

    Little dap!

  7. Error 404 says:

    Little dap. Thanks for the video. Could you do a video on how to cross while running in speed?

  8. Nando says:

    great video

  9. John Gurung says:

    can you please make a video about how to improve your finishing please
    have a good day

  10. Bishal Nepal says:

    Nice video I found it really helpful keep it up!!!

  11. Edgar Hernandez says:

    This channel is making me be a all round player.

  12. Von Rosko rods says:

    This is just the video i needed, thanks OSA. Its so hard to get girls to do chest traps ,but with Emily's attitude and personality Itll show them them that girls can chest trap and have fun doing it. Thanks cant wait for more videos with Coach Emily ,little dap.

  13. Jon Li says:

    I always wonder if girls would have problems to chest a football…

  14. Mike Lawrence says:

    put some background music in the vids! it would be helpful to keep the attention focused for the viewers. thank you for all your videos!

  15. Mike Lawrence says:

    big dap

  16. Rich Handsome Guy says:

    classic copa mundial

  17. skgm says:

    hmm.can it b controlled and b carried all d way 2 goal

  18. Paulo Gaviria says:

    I'm weak ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  19. Migustinder says:

    Coach Emily is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Tvisha Kamdar says:

    I wish I had coach Emily as my soccer coach cause I wanna become best at soccer and I even don't know how to kick a ball properly

  21. CAMBODIA GAMES says:

    he is old i miss him while i was 9 yearold jerry.

  22. burstfire lol says:

    i really like this presenter. she makes everything seem fun and exciting when.. well.. its not xD

  23. how and why says:

    y u quit pro?

  24. Kyroz Gaming says:

    +Online Soccer Academy – Please upload more videos, you take to much time , btw nice tutorial Coach Emily

  25. KaiserRex says:

    Dear Coach Emily Grant,
    Who is your favorite soccer player?

  26. Luis Garcia says:

    Nice video, choosing coach Emiliy was a good decision, there's a goal scored by Juan Arango from a chest control I'll leave the link below:

  27. futon katon says:

    this is really helpful like srsly thank you!

  28. Life with Nava says:

    please coach Jared or emily answer my question it can change my way of training do y'all recommend a player. train different aspects in there game everyday or do everything in the same day please answer

  29. Tvisha Kamdar says:

    Thank you so much OSA , u guys are the best

  30. Ashley May says:

    do u guys happen to know when UEFA will play again

  31. octo20 says:

    Thanks OSA, great videos as always.

  32. Venkatesha Prasad Katthan says:

    hey I know this is crazy but can you please tell how to keep the ball up with just chest and head while running like Freestylers do…it gonna help me a lot…I'm tall when compared to other defenders

  33. Mustafa says:

    Good tutorial! Any tips for chesting a ball that comes from behind you tho? Like when you latch on to a through ball from behind. Thanks!

  34. SkirBirn says:

    Where is the jerry

  35. Virat Anand says:

    nice tutorial

  36. Virat Anand says:

    Can u guys make a tutorial for free kicks. please

  37. Chris says:

    Hey Jared love your videos! which teams did you play on during your pro years?

  38. Tropical Gaming says:

    Wow , good to see a girl with my own eyes , that likes ,playes and takes interest in football

  39. Misstuhh.k says:

    B4 this video I couldn't control the ball on my chest what so ever, but now I'm a pro at it. thanks for all your help Coach Emily you rock!

  40. kenny sunjaya says:

    I always true to bounce the ball to awal and try to control it , i can do it perfect ly AS if i mastered it. But once someone play me a long ball in a real match i can never control the ball like i ussualy did in training can you plsss help ?! (I would appreciate it more than anything else)

  41. kenny sunjaya says:


  42. Alberto_4015 says:

    did you guys had any specific requirements when entering to a school soccer team? if you do what are they? reply below

  43. Bevo 2432 says:

    Do a giveaway please

  44. Bevo 2432 says:

    do a giveaway please because I just subscribed and u guys did not do a giveaway And I was never in a giveaway so please do a giveaway thank you

  45. shubham upadhyay says:

    how to recover from hip strain in football goalkeeper

  46. Vampyre says:

    One question, how do you control it with your chest when you're in the air?

  47. Sthe Best says:

    Hey Jared, is there any game footage of you playing? Would love to see it!

  48. PyroDraco Aureus says:

    Little dap! Sup Jared ๐Ÿ™‚ Great tutorial! My ability to chest the ball has improved so much in a matter of seconds thanks to this! I have one question When attacking 1v1, is it better to FIRST sprint right at the defender, make a move, and keep sprinting past him(so essentially sprinting the whole way), or is it better to FIRST approach the defender at a medium/slow place, make a move, and then accelerate/sprint past him/her(so essentially an attacker changes pace when dribbling)?

  49. TTPswagplayz says:


  50. ZLAFootball says:

    Are you ever going to do a knuckle ball tutorial?

  51. Marlene Garcia says:

    Thanks Coach Emily! this is reallly helpful!

  52. Riak Riak says:

    Video on how to curve a soccer ball?

  53. lawrence joseph says:

    can u put one how to beat many defender

  54. Noe Victorino says:

    Where's my buddy Jared

  55. Caleb Ibanez says:

    This video really helped me to control the ball with the chest much better thnx

  56. Arjun Mohan says:

    It helped me… thank u….how many coaches are there in OSA…

  57. leahg180 says:

    Great video, Coach Emily. I remember I was very skeptical that chesting the ball would not hurt when my male coach showed it to me in practice. I cannot overstate the importance of having a female coach for female soccer players, especially those in middle school. One of the main reasons I became a volunteer coach, and I'm loving it.

  58. Paul Amestoy says:

    Great to see a female football player on here. I use this channel a lot to help train my girls team I coach and my daughter. Now I can say "if she can do it so can you!" lol keep up the good work your drills have helped my girls team a lot!

  59. nitin morje says:

    no power in the dialog '' BELIEVE IN IT '' jared do it nice

  60. Kimberly Corallo says:

    I just discovered this station near the end of my middle school girl's soccer season. Wish I had found it sooner. I had never coached this age group before and plan to make use of it for next year. Thanks for all the great tips.

  61. Jamsheer.k Neelanchery says:


  62. Subeesh panthroli says:

    coach is nice n cute

  63. chris rednek says:

    Sometimes when I chest a ball, I get the wind knocked out of me. Is that supposed to happen or am I doing something wrong?

  64. Phyllip Davis says:

    Great informational video. This is the first video that I've seen with Coach Emily. I like her enthusiasm as I feel that it will make my daughter enjoy watching the video. Keep up the good work!

  65. PRANITA PATIL says:

    will work on it

  66. zohaib mirza says:

    I think you should change the video title … like to breast a soccer ball

  67. QN.M.S says:

    Alexis Sanchez is great at this

  68. Bikramjeet 28 says:

    Best channel for soccer helps

  69. Shay Archer says:

    Your videos are very informative and helpful! Thank you!๐Ÿ‘

  70. Raman jamwal says:

    when a cute girlโ€‹ teach it's easy to learn๐Ÿ˜Š

  71. Raman jamwal says:

    when a cute girlโ€‹ teach it's easy to learn๐Ÿ˜Š

  72. Dhanaraj Brahma says:

    men cant cushion the ball cause they dont have the thing to do it ๐Ÿ˜›

  73. Not_Fuzz says:

    I fell in love with you! Can you give me more tips

  74. Summer-Snowman says:

    Please do a video on chest trapping high long balls

  75. Diego Boii says:

    so helpfull and she did a v great job!

  76. Joel A. Serrano says:

    Good video. Thanks.

  77. Shravan Anbhule says:

    Your last line 'Believe in it' made me follow OSA.

  78. Omey Samaroo says:

    Thanks Coach Emily. I enjoyed your training video. Although I have played soccer for a long time it is one of the areas I need to develop. Can you provide some tips if you don't have a training partner. Perhaps using a wall or tossing the ball up ?

  79. LEO10 says:

    i m new here …i like ur coaching style mam..thnqu…

  80. LEO10 says:

    great job

  81. nihal rasheed says:

    do we control it at the Centre or on any one side?? My friend does it with his right side of the chest and frankly he does it very well

  82. Martin Dalkoff says:

    cute cute!

  83. Irum Bukhari says:


  84. Chandan Cheema says:

    I wish I would the ball in the video
    hitting on chest

  85. Gurung Gurung says:

    Baby don't control ball may be ur ball also blast so that don't do that

  86. Sarath Chandran says:

    Super and simple

  87. Harsh Soni says:

    grrrt work ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  88. Gislaine Irankunda says:

    what are you girl

  89. Uzi Hassan says:

    Ur so cute best of luck for ur football

  90. Uzi Hassan says:

    God bless u

  91. Raihan Arefin says:

    What a dance๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  92. Yogesh Jat says:

    I appreciate with your video

  93. JUST SLAM IT! says:

    Really beautiful coach ๐Ÿ˜

  94. Kim HyoJong's Jawline And Yato's Fluffy Fluff Scarf says:

    Ok so is there any more tips on how to collect it when you're a er girl? ๐Ÿ˜‚ whenever I collect it it smacks pretty hard and I yk deal with it but I would prefer to do it better and not get hurt

  95. eddyvideostar says:

    I like the ladies outfit, the matching shirt, and glistening orange socks.

  96. Rajit Rajan says:

    Coach are so cute..

  97. Graduz Pendong says:

    funny coach..

  98. Brian Pearl says:

    Be a Baller, not a Baby!

  99. Sanjith Srinivasan says:

    really help full….great vedio with depth of concept and technique…โค

  100. FOX CRAFT says:

    i cannot trap the ball with my chest without hitting my head

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