Learning how to swoop in with a soccer ball is a great way to impress your teammates, achieve better balance, and improve ball control during a game. At first, it may seem like an arduous task, but to be successful, all you have to do is train. Follow the Steps below to learn how to do foot, thigh, head, and shoulder strokes – you'll soon be doing them like a pro!
Method 1 of 5: Starting with the Ball in Your Hands
Step 1. Hold the ball straight in front of your body, about chest level
Drop it and drip onto the floor; while she is descending after this bounce, push her up with your foot (preferably the “dominant”) with enough force for her to reach chest height. The kick should be done with the foot at an upward angle and the ball hitting the laces of the boot.
- Do not tie the shoelaces twice as this can disrupt the ball's trajectory; it can end up going in an unexpected direction if the node is too big.
- Leaving the ball a little more deflated helps to reduce the intensity of its bounce, making it easier to control and preventing it from gaining too much height whenever it misses the ball. Once you've perfected the skill, fill the ball completely.
- Keep your ankle firm, with the proper angle and strength to do the swoop; leaving it soft will make the embaixadinha not gain enough height.
Step 2. Knees should be slightly bent
This will help the individual to have more control over the ball. Don't leave them immobile; keep the support foot firmly planted on the ground.
It's important to be balanced when doing embaixadinhas. In between each hit of the ball, it's very helpful – though risky – to try to rebalance yourself to maintain control of how you make contact with the ball in each slug. Always try to stay balanced on your toes and ready to move quickly. To maintain stability, the most important thing is to keep your knees slightly bent and always keep an eye on the ball
Step 3. Practice until you can touch the ball to your belly
Avoid having to lean or stretch your foot to reach the ball and do the same with the other foot; remember that doing embaixadas with the “bad” foot will be tricky. Do not give up!
Step 4. Increase the number of embaixadinhas
Instead of letting the ball bounce on the ground, make contact with more force so that it gains height, making consecutive dips without the ball falling to the ground. Try to keep it under control and concentrate on doing one-foot dips until you feel more confident about switching legs. Practice until you can do swoops with both feet.
It is possible to stop the ball in the instep after a lot of training. Raise your toes slightly when the ball is falling, cushioning the impact and holding it between your shin and foot
Method 2 of 5: Alternating Feet During Slips
Step 1. Release the ball and let it bounce
Give her a boost with your right foot and keep her in control so that the trajectory is straight and upward, but not past the waist.
Step 2. Release the ball and let it bounce
Give her a boost with your left foot, and again don't exaggerate your strength when doing the swoops so that she doesn't go above waist height. Thus, you will be able to control it more easily by learning to switch feet. Be prepared to move around a lot during your workout.
Step 3. Pick up the ball after kicking it once with each foot
Rebalance after moving and release the ball again and catch it after getting two swoops with both feet. Keep increasing the number of strokes with each foot: three times each, interrupting and trying four times with each foot, interrupting, and so on (always increasing the amount). When you are able to stay still, well stabilized and do swoops with both feet without stopping, you will have learned and perfected the technique.
Method 3 of 5: Starting with the Ball at Your Feet
Step 1. Place the ball beside the feet and place the sole of the “dominant” foot over it
In one quick move, pull the ball up and place your instep under it, giving it enough effect for it to start to spin a little; place your toes under the ball and let it “climb” on it. Immediately kick it up, as if you were going to catch it with your hands.
Step 2. Position yourself in the right way to be able to do embaixadas with the other foot as well
Do this when the ball is falling. Alternate feet and continue doing the exercise as learned in the previous section. Whenever the ball escapes, don't catch it with your hands; use your foot to propel her and start again.
Step 3. Keep your foot close to the ground
Raising your leg too high during swoops will cause ball control to be less; the force applied to the ball comes from the foot and not the leg.
Method 4 of 5: Using the Thighs
Step 1. Raise one knee so that it is perpendicular to the body
This keeps the thigh straight, making it easier to sag as there will be no unevenness on the surface.
Try doing the embaixadinhas only with the thighs after doing them easily with the feet to make the technique more versatile, in addition to learning to keep the ball under control much more easily
Step 2. The ball should always touch and be above the thigh
Let it bounce about mid-thigh; if she hits her knee, it will be very difficult to keep her under control.
Step 3. Make smacks with the thigh in exactly the same way as with the feet
Start by making the ball bounce on it and holding it with your hands. Repeat until you can control the direction and height of the ball. Make embaixadinhas also with the other thigh, doing the process again.
Step 4. Alternate between the thighs of both legs
When you are more confident, do the embaixadinhas using both thighs.
Step 5. Switch between thighs and feet
Try doing embaixadinhas using both feet and then both thighs; when you can do this without dropping the ball, tap twice in a row with each foot and thigh, and so on (three consecutive taps with feet and thighs, then four, etc.).
Method 5 of 5: Using Other Body Parts
Step 1. Use your head to do swoops
Bring the ball up to your head (it takes a lot of skill) or throw it with your hands, making the strokes with the forehead facing upwards. The face should be positioned at an angle that allows the ball to touch the top of the forehead. Keep your neck relaxed and bend your knees for stability while concentrating on the ball.
If you prefer, use the top of your head to do the embaixadinhas, but the bag control will be much smaller. Also, it is cumbersome to control it with this region; avoid this embaixadinha if you can
Step 2. Use your shoulders
Although it is tricky to do shoulder strokes – they are not flat – the player can use them to give direction to the ball; as you bring the ball to your shoulders, move them up and in the direction you want the ball to go. For example: start doing swoops with the right foot and then with the shoulder on the same side, making it form an arc over the body and the ball to fall to the left, allowing the subject to continue slumping with the left foot.
Use only your shoulders and not your forearm. This is considered an infraction in football (hand on the ball)
Step 3. Train using your head, shoulders and chest
Keep the “pattern” foot, thigh, shoulder and head and repeat it until you are comfortable using your head and shoulders to do dips.
- Practice these techniques with a friend to create various game “scenarios”.
- When perfecting the technique, change the order of the “pattern”; start with embaixadinhas with the head, then the chest, feet, shoulders and thighs, for example.
- Don't get tense; stay relaxed and calm.
- Try not to do embaixadinhas with just the “good” foot for too long; it might even be easier, but it's important to train both your feet and ankles.
- When starting with the feet (and not dropping the ball on them), it is necessary to give some effect to the ball to go backwards.
- It's no use kicking the ball hard during embaixadinhas.
- Remember that you are allowed to use any part of your body when playing football, with the exception of your arms or hands (unless, of course, you are the goalkeeper or are putting the ball back into play via a throw-in).
- Always train. It is impossible to learn how to make several embassadas in one day.