How to increse your level of receiving

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What is receiving…

In soccer, receiving is one of the basic skills like dribbling, shooting, and passing.

The most common mistakes in receiving are not being able to control the ball where you want it to go, getting caught by the opponent, or going off the line.

However, when you become a good receiver, you will be able to do the following three things.

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3 things you can do at higher levels of trapping

(1) You won’t be afraid of pressure from your opponents.

If you cannot control a ball that is coming toward you, you may panic because you are worried that it will be taken away from you, or the ball may fly unexpectedly.
If you have not practiced receiving bouncing balls or balls coming from above, you will panic because you will not know where to receive the ball. When you are able to receive a variety of balls, you will be able to calm down and control your opponents when you are under pressure.

(2) Leading to the next play

As players gain confidence in their receiving, they are able to think about their next play and have more options for shooting, passing, and dribbling.

(3)Be able to see around you.

The player will be able to look around before receiving the ball, which will further improve the quality of play.

Receiving types

To increase your level of receiving, you will need to practice on different parts of your feet.

The most commonly used parts are as shown in the pictures below.

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In addition to the above areas, areas such as the thighs and chest are also needed when the ball is in the air.

How to practice increasing the level of receiving

There are several ways to practice receiving, depending on the part of the foot that touches the ball and how the ball comes to you.
In this article, we will explain three easy ways to practice receiving that you can do by yourself.

(1) Juggling practice

Kick the ball instep alternately with both feet without dropping it. When you are able to do 10 times in a row on each side, practice the same number of times on the inside and outside.
If you are trying juggling for the first time, it is important to keep at it without giving up. As you practice more and more, you will develop what is called spatial cognitive ability, and you will unconsciously know the distance between the ball and your feet.


・To make sure the ball hits the shoelace area every time.
・Kick the center of the ball so that it goes straight up.
・Set the target number of times

(2) Practice cushioning a ball coming from the air

Lift the ball high and control it so that it stops on the ground in a tight fit. If you cannot kick the ball straight up with your feet, try throwing it with both hands.
Start at a low height at first and gradually increase the height of the ball as you get used to it.


・Easy to cushion a ball wtih the toes area

・Use your foot softly and bend it lightly in accordance with the momentum of the ball.
・Pull your foot back a little at the moment you touch the ball.

(3) Ball wall-hitting

Hit the ball against the wall and stop the bouncing ball at your feet. At first, kick inside and try to cushion the ball’s momentum on the inside. As you get used to it, try kicking and stopping with the outside or shoelace.


・The moment you hit the ball, soften your ankle.
・The pivot foot is moderately bent.
・As you get used to it, change the momentum of the ball or the part of the ball that touches you.

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