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Section 7

Part 3 - How to Foot Trap


(show a couple quick clips of foot traps)

Coach: "As I mentioned before, foot trapping is all about angles. In a lot of ways, foot trapping is just like pass reception. This makes it easy to adapt should a player make a bad pass or if it's tipped by another player. We need to start off by learning at what angle to hold our foot. Your foot-ankle position will actually change depending on the incoming trajectory of the ball. If the ball is coming in from a high angle you will hold your foot sideways and angled the same as you would for a pass. The ball will bounce between the bottom of your foot and the ground, and come to a stop right at your feet. For low incoming balls, your toe is pointed and your foot is arched so that you create a cavity for the ball to rest in. This arch will again allow the ball to bounce between your foot and the ground and come to rest at your feet. For the low ball, you will have more success by turning sideways, leaning forward towards the ball, and pointing your leg backward. This will create a better cavity to stop the ball in. Since your leg is further back from your body, this leaning forward posture gives more space for the ball to bounce. So instead of it bouncing away from you, it will bounce out to right in front of you. The harder the pass, the further back your leg should be, and vice versa. When you lean forward and put your leg back, do not lean straight forward. If you do, it will force you to try to use your laces to cushion the ball. Turning sideways allows you to keep your eye on the ball the whole time. If you lean straight forward you won't be able to see the ball ad you'll just have to hope it all works out."
(start normal view. Show demo clip to illustrate reception of the bad pass or tip. Go to side view, ball level, to show where the foot should be depending on the ball trajectory. Use lie graphic to show what direction the ball came from. Have coach demo traps for different ball height approach. Also have coach demo all other skills they talk about. Have them talk and demo at times when possible. End normal view)

"Just like pass reception, your foot will only be making contact with the top half of the ball. You will adjust how high and at what angle you contact the ball, again depending on its incoming trajectory. That means that if the ball is coming in at a low angle, my foot will contact lower on the ball than if it's coming in from a high angle."
(start normal view. Again go to side view, ball level to show where the foot should be depending on ball trajectory. Use line graphic to show what direction the ball came from)

Coach: "Fortunately there isn't too hug a difference between the different foot heights and foot-ankle positions. That means that it's easy to change positions quickly and best of all, we sometimes get away with a small mistake. No one's perfect after all. At least not yet. If you're having difficulty it should be easy to fix the problem. If the ball is bouncing away off your foot, then you're contacting the ball too low. Raise your foot a little more to fix this. Likewise, lower your foot slightly if your foot is barely touching the ball or completely missing it. You may also want to look at your foot position to see if that's your problem. On balls coming in low, notice how my foot is placed directly in the path of the ball. At the same time it's also blocking the direction that the ball could bounce to. By putting it in a position to block two directions at once, we're helping to prevent two things. First, that the ball doesn't slip under our foot and past us. This can be the most embarrassing mistake of all so try your best to avoid this. If it does happen, and it will, remember that all soccer payers have made this mistake at one tie or another. Misery has loads of company this time around. Second, we're stopping the ball from bouncing away from us. Our goal is, after all, to not only get the ball onto the ground, but also to keep it at our feet. The closer we can keep it to ourselves after a trap the better."
(start normal view. Again do side view with line graphic to show foot position that is too low. Maybe show a demo clip with the bad foot positions as well. Use demo clip to show ball slipping under player's foot. Make sure player looks embarrassed. Don't have a huge crowd laugh at them. That could intimidate viewers into not trying the move. Do another clip showing the ball bouncing away from a payer doing a trap. End in normal view)