The important thing to remember when going one on one with an opposing player is once the ball is received, the player with the ball should go full speed immediately at the opposing player. This forces the defender to back pedal or turn to retreat towards goal while trying to force the attacker in one direction or the other. By running with speed directly at a defender, the attacker allows the option of going either direction without the defender knowing as well as being able to use his or her momentum to simply push the ball around the defender without any elaborate moves.
If the situation presents itself where a player is unable to go with speed at a defender and must perform a move, these videos will help in these situations.
Inside Outside Juke
This first video is a very easy move that is continually used at the highest levels of soccer. The move is an inside to outside juke. A player needs to sell this move by pushing the ball with the inside of his or her foot and hopping one direction or the other and then pushing the ball the other direction with the outside of his or her foot.
Great players are able to get by defenders by keeping the ball close and using their momentum to get through traffic on the soccer field. One of the first things an offensive player should do in the final 1/3 of the field if they have time and space and no one else is open is to immediately run at a defender towards goal and get to top speed as quickly as possible. It is then easy to simply tap the ball to one side or the other to get around a defender. Lionel Messi is one of the best in the world at doing this. He does not do much more than keep the ball close and use his speed and quickness to push the ball in between and around defenders.
This next video shows a common move that many players use called the step over. It’s a great soccer move to create the appearance of pushing the ball with the outside of the foot and stepping over the ball to change direction. The goal of this move is to try and influence the defender one way and changing direction to go the opposite way.
Inside Step Over
The first video portrays the inside step over where a player using their right foot would step over the ball to create the appearance of going left, and then guides the ball to the right, and for those using their left foot, the fake would be to the right and then going the opposite direction to the left.
With the outside step over, the player whether using his or her right or left foot will go the opposite direction of the foot that he or she uses. If using the left foot, then the player will go to the right and vice versa. The goal is to give the defender the appearance that you are pushing the ball to the left or right of them when in fact the player is simply stepping over the ball to go to the other direction.
The following video shows the signature move of great the great Argentinian player Diego Maradona. This is a great move in many situations on the field. The soccer ball is shielded from the defender at each step of the move, which makes it particularly effective.
The following video is a signature move of Ronaldinho. The move incorporates an outside to inside cut of the soccer ball without placing your foot on the ground in between. The move is effective when the soccer player fakes pushing the ball to the outside and quickly cutting the ball inside and changing direction.
The following video is a more advanced soccer move that can be used against more talented defenders who are familiar with defending step over moves. This move incorporates a step over as well as Ronaldinho’s signature move with an outside to inside cut with the soccer ball. The goal is to get the defender off balance to maneuver around them.
The double step over is best used against better defenders who are familiar with defending a single step over. The important thing to remember is to really sell the direction you are going. Whichever foot the player starts with is the direction that the player will end up going so if he or she starts with the right foot then he or she ends up going right and vice versa.
This move is one of the signature moves of Cristiano Ronaldo who is very skilled in tight spaces and at high speeds. This move works particularly well and is most effective at high speeds. This is a great move when running with the ball at full speed with a defender running next to you or approaching from one side or the other. Since Cristiano is such an athletic player, he uses this move often when running at full speed. The move can be used with both feet and what makes this cut back unique is that both feet are off the ground when the move takes place.
This move is good in and around the goal box for forwards who need just a half step or a little bit of space to get a shot off. Defenders are much more cautious around their own goal and will defend very close and aggressively to not allow for any shot on goal. When a defender is difficult to maneuver around, this move will help to freeze the defender for a moment to get a shot off. Then it’s up to the attacker to put the ball on target and hopefully in the back of the net.
Sometimes as a player you may find yourself in a corner or near the sideline or touchline with one or multiple defenders and you need to navigate your way out of pressure. These are moves that can be used to do this. The goal is to get the defender(s) to turn their hips in order for you to quickly dribble the other direction.
Hop Step Over With a Cut Back