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,
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