Read below before watching the video. You’ll get better ideas of what I’m talking about, then you’ll put the ideas together when you see it in action.
Soccer’s all about decision making. You can make the right moves, you can make waiting moves, or you can make the wrong moves.
The right moves include creating chances, taking open shots, and capitalizing on offense. Waiting moves include passing the ball around, because you’re waiting(italics) for a hole to open up for a right move. But make the wrong moves – like mindlessly giving away possession or getting beat on defense – and you most certainly will get scored on.
Make the opponent believe they’re making the right moves when they’re really making the wrong ones, and the game’s basically yours.
That’s what a deceptive villain does. They tell everyone a fabricated story, and by the time the victim realizes it’s fake, it’s too late. That’s what the scissor was made for, for cutting opponents’ dreams apart.
Scissors are a powerful soccer move. They make it easy to change direction. They allow you to change the foot you’re using to touch the ball. And they fool the defender into thinking you’re going one way, when you’re actually going another.
Scissors are a type of feint. Feints are moves that create a ghost. A ghost is a dead person that appears to have become alive. It’s basically a mirage. Lionel Messi, the world’s best dribbler, loves using feints.
It’s not the scissor that causes the defender to trip up, but the feint behind the scissor that makes them bite. Feints get the opponent going one way, because they’re following your ghost. By the time they realize it’s fake, it’s too late.
When you feint, make sure to drop your hips! If I’m going right, but I’m faking going left, I’ll drop my left hip and then push off the left foot.
The feint convinces the opponent you’re going one way, so they put their body weight in that direction. When you dribble the ball the other way, though, you have the advantage of knowing you’re going there.
It’s pretty obvious you can’t not do scissors. However…
You have to be aggressive with your scissors to throw your opponent off-balance. The bigger your scissoring step is, the harder your opponent will bite. You have to absolutely make sure you drop your hips. It shouldn’t feel too hard to perform.
Just keep practicing scissors until it feels effortless, which shouldn’t take more than three weeks – practicing six days a week, of course – at only half an hour a day.
To stave off the boredom, get friends for one-vs.-one drills. You have to score in a small goal twenty yards/meters away, and you are allowed five attempts per leg each day. You also must get your opponent off-balance at least once each try, that is, making him bite on your move.
Most importantly, record your performance using a camera, laptop, or phone so you can review your technique. You are your toughest critic. The first time you watch yourself on camera, you’ll be disappointed. But after obsessively rehearsing feints, no doubt you will return better next time.