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On the 5th day of Xmas, my football coach sent to me.... 5 Scissor steps

We hope you are enjoying these little coaching sessions, now cut to the garden and check out this skill.


Scissors Allows Players To Use Quick Feet To Off-Balance Defenders And Explode Away.


Close control of the ball

Practice with both feet

Increase speed as you master the technique


Set up 2 cones 10m apart with 1 x mannequin in the middle (or any object that can be safely dribbled around). Player starts at cone 1 with ball and dribbles to mannequin before performing skill and continue dribbling to cone 2. When player reaches cone 2, they turn & repeat the skill back to cone 1. Repeat. (If you don't have cones any object will do)


1. Set realistic & challenging time limits to complete (Example: “Must complete 1 circuit in 40 seconds”)


1. Close control of the ball

2. Foot around front of the ball, outside line of body

3. Knees bent ready to change direction

4. Outside of opposite foot takes the ball

5. Explode away in opposite direction

6. Repeat opposite foot.

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