Ball Mastery Glossary
Box - Use the inside of one foot to transfer the ball to the inside of the other foot, ex: right, left or left, right (always done in 2’s when combining with other skills)
Cruyff – Use inside of foot to direct ball behind the standing leg of your other foot. Plant foot needs to be in advance of the ball to allow space for the kicking foot room to complete a clean touch.
Drag - Use inside of foot to drag ball across body, right to left or left to right. As you drag ball, hop in same sideways direction with opposite foot to allow yourself to drag the ball a further distance in one smooth movement. Keep in front of body. (Matthews Move)
Drag and Hop – Use inside of foot to drag ball across body, right to left or left to right. As you drag ball, hop in same sideways direction with opposite foot to allow yourself to drag the ball a further distance in one smooth movement. Keep underneath body. (Zidane Move)
Drag Across and Roll Up – Use inside of foot to push the ball out from your body in a diagonal direction across the body, right to left diagonal or left to right diagonal. Inside of foot should roll up the ball until the bottom of your foot reaches the top of the ball. Foot stays in contact with ball through entire motion.
Dribble Cuts – Inside/Outside touches, ex: right inside, left outside, left inside, right outside, repeat.
Hop – Usually used after stopping the ball, let momentum take you over the ball and land sideways on, within a foot of the ball.
Inside – Use inside of foot to take touch.
Inside Twistoff – Chop ball backwards with inside of foot then immediately to the side with the inside of that same foot, completing a 270 degree turn.
Outside – Use outside of foot to take touch.
Pull – Use bottom of foot to roll the ball directly back towards you.
Pull Behind – Reach one foot diagonally across the other and use bottom of foot to roll the ball back toward the player, keep opposite foot planted and reach behind planted foot to catch the ball for the next touch, typically laces or toe. Same foot to pull the ball makes next touch behind the planted leg.
Push – Use different surfaces of the foot (usually specified in sequence) to push the ball away from your body.
Scissor – Step around the ball, as close to the ground as possible, in a motion that lands the scissoring foot away from the other foot, ex: feet start close together, right foot scissors around ball toward the right and lands on opposite side of ball from where it started this motion, feet now are wider apart.
Shuffle – Use the inside of one foot to transfer the ball to the inside of the other foot, ex: right, left, right or left, right, left (always done in 3’s when combining with other skills)
Skip – Take the foot that is on the ball, off, raise that foot up and out of the way. While this process is taking place, hop into the ball with the inside of the opposite foot (Kluivert Move)
Slides – Start with foot on top of the ball, slightly roll that foot outwards from the ball and the frame of your body, quickly catch the side of the ball with the inside of that same foot to hit it to your other foot. Your foot should be in contact with the ball through this entire motion.
Sole Roll – Use the bottom of your foot to roll the ball across your body, ex: right foot rolls ball, across face, to left side of body
Sole Taps – Touch the top of the ball with the bottom of your foot, take that foot off the ball and place it next to the ball, while the bottom of the other foot touches the top of the ball.
Stepover – Step around the ball in a motion that ends with one foot going across the other. Feet start apart and land crisscrossed. In path around ball, keep foot as close to ground as possible. After the stepover foot lands, balance by letting the back foot naturally return to a position underneath the shoulder, ex: right foot steps over ball and lands across the left foot, left foot shifts left and player stands in natural position.
Stop – Deaden the ball with the bottom of your foot.
Take – Push the ball wide of your body with the outside of your foot.
Turn – Follows stepover. If you stepover with your right foot, follow your right shoulder to turn toward the ball. Turn left if you stepover with the left foot. (Zico Move)
V – Move ball into your body then out of your feet in two touches (pull-push). These touches should mimic a capital V shape. Slight Hop back with pull toward body and lunge forward with the push away from the body.