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Section 7

Part 4 - Thigh Trapping


(show a couple of different thigh traps. Start with traps that go straight to the ground after the trap, then add in some that are foot trapped after they are thigh trapped)

Coach: "You're going to breath a sigh of relief here. We're moving onto thigh trapping now and you'll be happy to hear that it is one of the easiest skills in soccer to master. There are no tricky foot-ankle positions, and no complex body motions. The only trick part here is when to move your leg up, and when to move your leg down. Thigh trapping is used when the ball is coming at you too high to do a foot trap, and too low to do a chest ball or a header. We'll get to those last two in a minute. Like foot trapping, you will have to do things a little differently depending on the incoming angle of the ball. In this case you will be adjusting the height of your leg. Here's a simple thigh trap from a high ball. Now a trap from a low ball. Notice how high my leg is for the high ball and how low it is for the long ball. For an ideal thigh trap, the top of your thigh forms a line perpendicular to the angle the ball comes in at."
(start normal view. Have coach do some actions while they do their dialogue; show the up and down of the leg. Show the high and low ball thigh trap when the coach says. Have the coach do the demo and pause dialogue for the demos. Use a line graphic on a still frame of the trap demo to show the line perpendicular to the balls approach)

Coach: "Aim your leg and position your body so that the ball lands right in the middle of the top of your leg. If it lands too close to your body then it will be more difficult to control. If it lands too far forward then it will hit the bones of your knee an bounce away. If it hits on one of the sides of your leg...well you can guess where it'll go. That part is the easy part. The most important and most difficult part of the thigh trap is timing when your leg is going up and when it's going down. Make absolutely sure that you're leg is NOT going up at the moment it hits the ball. If it does then you aren't trapping the ball, you're kicking it with your thigh. It is actually best if you start moving your leg downwards the moment before the ball hits. The downward motion will help to cushion the ball and make it easier to control. Don't start your leg down too soon or the ball will bounce forward, or possible won't hit your leg at all"
(show top view of coach's leg. Show line or ball graphic or real ball to show where the ball should land on the top of the leg. Have coach do actions while doing their dialogue to better illustrate points. Do side view when the coach is talking about moving the leg up and down. Maybe just have the coach turn sideways. Near the end, do a scene of someone missing the ball completely when going for a thigh trap. Have the player look embarrassed or something)

Coach: "For a thigh trap, it's easy to cushion the ball and allow it to land. Sometimes, however, that's just not quite fast enough. To get the ball mobbing faster we can string together two types of trapping. Try starting with a thigh trap and then finish with a foot trap. The thigh trap should make the foot trap ten times easier since the ball will only be falling such a short distance. Try doing thigh traps with and without the foot trap at the end. See the speed difference for yourself."
(start normal view. Have the coach demo the thigh trap to foot trap. Return to normal view. End with the coach doing a nice thigh trap to foot trap and then taking off dribbling out of the scene)