CUSA Soccer

Ball Mastery is vital for modern soccer.

Skill development and Ball Mastery are key if a player is to be able to make an impact upon a team.

The ability to manipulate the ball gives a player and the team the chance to execute the tactical instructions and vision of the coach.

All the tactical coaching and knowledge in the world doesn't matter if a player can't pass from A to B or if they cannot dribble from here to there.

That is why it is so important to develop a keen mastery of the ball, becoming totally natural with the ball at your feet.

On this page are included 4 Levels of Ball Mastery;

Level 1- For beginners, young players & those who are just looking to relax with the ball.

Level 2- This is a step up for those that now realise they want to treat soccer seriously.

Level 3- Players that are now approaching 'Total Ball Mastery' find themselves here.

Level 4- Players are now 'Total Ball Masters'.

Send us your video clips (as a short video file) of you performing the moves and we will post them to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, paddy.king@cusasoccer.org

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Ball Mastery Skills Level 1

The below skills are basic, for beginners and younger players although they will also be of benefit for players who are looking for some non-strenuous ball work.

 
Continuous Scissors
 
Continuous Stepovers
 
Continuous Stepovers with an Outside Touch
 
Continuous Toe Taps
 
Tap, Tap Roll
 
Inside Squishes
 
Inside Squish & Catch
 
Inside, Inside, Inside & Outside
 
Inside Pulls
 
Heel-Toe Pull Back
 
Heel-Toe Pull Back (Opposite Foot)
 
Heel-Toe & Stop
 
Slap Cut
 
Soccer Dance
 
Continuous Reverse Cruyff
 
Backwards Triangles
 
Double Ls
 
Ball Mastery Skills Level 2.

These are now intermediate level skills which begin to build in terms of difficulty and complexity.

 
Roll, Step & Stop
 
Roll, Step, Stop, Twist, Roll Spin
 
Roll, Step, Stop & Flick
 
Scissor Cannon
 
Continuous Inside Scissors
 
L-Turn, Roll Across Scissors (Opposite Foot)
 
L-Turn, Roll Across (Same Foot)
 
L-Turn, Roll Across (Opposite Foot)
 
L-Turn Fake with Roll and Spin
 
Slap Cut, Reverse Slap Cut
 
Slap Cut, Reverse Slap Cut (Opposite Foot)
 
Slap Cut, Reverse Slap Cut, Tap with Opposite Foot
 
Slap Cut, Reverse Slap Cut, Tap with Opposite Foot, Roll with Original Foot
 
Fake Pass, Reverse Cruyff
 
Heel, Toe, Pull-Back & Spin
 
Heel, Toe, Pull-Back & Spin (Opposite Foot)
 
Heel-Toe, Roll Behind Standing Leg
 
Ball Mastery Skills Level 3

The level of skills are really getting up there now and the level of difficulty is increasing.

Players should feel really proud of themselves if they manage to master skills and techniques in this section.

 
U Turn/Reverse Cryuff Combo
 
Roll, Stepover & Hocus Locus
 
Sole Roll & Double Drag
 
Scissor Cannon, Inside Outside 360
 
Roll, Scissors & Chop
 
Roll, Scissor & Double Drag
 
Inside Scissors
 
In/Out Double Drag
 
Roll, Scissors & Hocus Pocus
 
Drag, Push & Double Drag
 
Cruyff Turn & Slap Cut
 
Cannon & Step Over
 
Heel-Toe, Pull Back Spin.
 
Heel-Toe Roll behind Standing Leg
 
Tap, Tap, Roll & Stepover
 
Slap Cut & Reverse Slap Cut
 
Heel-Toe, Pullback Spin
 
Heel-Toe, Roll Behind Standing Leg
 
L Turn, Roll Across Standing Foot
 
Hocus Pocus & Snake Combination
 
Slap Cut, Reverse Slap Cut & Touch
 
Tap, Tap, Roll & Stepover
 
L Tur, Roll Across
 
L Turn, Roll Across & Scissors
 
L Turn Fake & Roll Spin
 
Heel Toe Roll behind Standing Leg
 
Heel-Toe, Pullback Spin
 
Ball Mastery Skills Level 4

The following videos are part of Level 4, the most difficult of the levels, so players that can perform these skills accurately truly are 'Total Ball Masters'.

 
Roll, Scissors & Chop
 
Slap Cut, Tap with Opposite Foot, Roll with Original Foot
 
Slap Cut, Tap with Opposite Foot, Roll with Original Foot
 
Slap Cut, Reverse Slap Cut, Tap with Opposite Foot
 
L Turn Fake with Roll and Spin
 
L Turn, Roll Across, Scissors (Opposite foot)
 
Roll - Step - Stop - Flick
 
Roll, Step, Stop, Twist, Roll, Spin
 
Roll Step Stop Twist Roll Spin
 
Slap Cut Reverse Slap Cut Tap With Opposite Foot
 
Slap Cut Tap With Opposite Foot Roll With Original Foot
 
L Turn U Turn
 
L Turn Fake With Roll Spin
 
L Turn Double U Turn
 
L Tun Roll Across Scissors
 
Sole Roll/Double Scissors
 
Slap Cut, Reverse Slap Cut, Touch
 
Slap Cut Tap With Opposite Foot Roll With Original Foot
 
Slap Cut Reverse Slap Cut Tap With Opposite Foot
 
Roll Step Stop Twist Roll Spin
 
L Turn Double U Turn