In this video you'll learn one of the most commonly-used pieces of football skill around.
In this video, you'll learn how to do a stepver
The stepover allows you to dribble around an opponent in front of you
It consists of tricking your opponent by making them think that you're going to dribble the ball in one direction, and then actually dribbling it in another
It's possible to do a stepover with each leg and then to link them together one after the other
To do a stepover with your left leg, dribble the ball towards your opponent
As soon as your opponent is in front of you, with a gap of about two metres, bring your left leg over and around the ball in a half-circle motion
To execute this, bypass the ball on the right hand side and position your foot at the same height as the ball on the left hand side
Next, bring the ball over to your right with the side of your right foot
You can do a stepover with your right leg by bypassing the ball on the left hand side, positioning your foot to the right of the ball, and then bringing it back with the outside of your left foot
Righ-footed players are naturally inclined to do a stepover with their right foot, and therefore to dribble with their left foot
It's the opposite for left-footed players
There are three important points when dribbling around your opponent with a stepover; pressing down with your leg after stepping over the ball, the speed of the skill, and speeding up afterwards
Firstly, pushing down with your leg
Once you've stepped over and around the ball in a half circle motion with your left or right leg, press down on that same leg to give some momentum to your change in direction
This movement will also make the tricking of your opponent at the beginning more believable
Next, the speed of the skill
Execute your stepover quickly
Without speed, the illusion won't work, and you won't get past your opponent
Lastly, speeding up afterwards
About two or three metres after the stepover, suddenly speed up to put a bit of distance between you and your opponent
You'll be well clear of them!
You can do a few stepovers before picking a side to stay on
We advise you not to do them too often because the more you do, the less your opponent will be taken by surprise!
Now you know how to do a stepover
Over to you!