Footwork Games: (These are great little games & are also good warm-ups)

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"Tick Tock" * * * *
(aka "The Foundation")
(All ages)

  • Touch & ball control using inside-of-feet
  • Every player has a ball & starts with the ball between his feet, with knees bent
The Game:
  • On "Go" each player taps the ball between his feet. Each tap is "one"
  • 1st to reach 20 wins (1st to 40 if U-12).
  • Keep knees bent & tap ball with the front of the foot (this gives better control than the back of the foot).

"Steparounds" * * * *
(U-9 & up)
  • Fast feet & part of the "Scissors" feint
  • Each player has a ball & starts with the ball between his feet, with knees bent
The Game:
  • On "Go" each player moves one foot around the back of the ball (toward the other foot) & then around the front of the ball & ends with the foot back where it started. Then do the other foot. Then the first foot, etc. (e.g., left, right, left, right). First to 20 wins.
  • This is one part of a feint called the "Scissors"; the other part is like the "Push & Blast Off Game". (See "How To Teach Feints & Fancy Footwork" for a description of the Scissors feint).

"Circle & Outside-Of-Foot Push" * *
(U-8 & Up)
  • Footwork & use of outside-of-foot to control the ball
  • Each player stands behind a ball with feet apart like below:

push diagram
The Game:
  • Move the right foot forward & then around the front of the ball so the outside of the right foot is touching the ball where the x is. Then push the ball softly to the right (so it goes only 2 or 3 feet), turn to the right so the ball is again at your feet & do it again.
  • Do 10 "circle & pushes" using the right foot & then 10 using the left foot. The first player to do 10 wins.


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