Junior Ball Skills - Fundamentals

Junior Ball Skills - Fundamentals

Former Villanova Men's Soccer Captain, Luca Mellor, teaches fundamental ball skills in this video series.

Junior Ball Skills - Fundamentals
  • Intro to Ball Skills

    In this series, you will learn 11 ball work exercises. At the end of the series, there will be a drill that includes all 11 exercises! Each exercise has a number to help you keep track!

  • #1

    Make sure you get a feel for the ball between your feet. Challenge yourself to perform this exercise without looking straight down at the ball - this forces you to get a real feel for the ball with your feet.
    This will be the base exercise for this series so it is important to feel comfortable mo...

  • #2 (Windscreen wipers)

  • #5 (Stop Turn)

    Push the ball out in front of you and stop the ball with the sole of your foot. You want to be able to turn when you do this while remaining in control of the ball and your body. This is a basic turn that allows you to change direction with the ball.

  • #6 (Cruyff Turn)

    This is a similar turn to the previous exercise, except the objective is to turn with the ball with the inside of your foot.

  • #7 (Kluivert turn)

    Drag back with the sole of the foot and use the inside of your foot to push the ball behind your standing leg.

  • #9 (Drag Back Alternative)

    This exercise is similar to the previous drag back, however you will be dragging the ball onto the outside of your foot instead of the inside of your foot.

  • #10 (Outside Hook Turn)

  • #11 (Inside Hook Turn)

    Similar to the last turn, the inside hook turn focuses on turning with ball with the instep of the foot.

  • Ball Control Final Drill (All 11 exercises!)

    Follow along with this exercise and see if you can keep control of the ball. This drill uses all of the exercises that you have learnt in this series so far! You can perform this drill every day to improve your close ball control!