As beautiful as the game is, football is not just about scoring goals and winning matches; it's also about showcasing individual brilliance and flair. Showboating on the football turf, adds a touch of artistry to the sport.
At Gallant Play, we believe in nurturing the next generation of football maestros by providing a platform for creativity and self-expression. Our state-of-the-art football turf in Delhi NCR, with an accessible pay-and-play system, offer aspiring young talents the perfect arena to master the dazzling skills that set them apart on the field.
1. The Simple Backheel:
One of the simplest yet effective showboating techniques is the backheel. Executed by flicking the ball backward with the heel, the backheel adds a touch of finesse to your gameplay. Perfecting this skill can leave defenders baffled and spectators in awe. This simple skill is a must for showboating on the football turf.
2. Around the World:
The "Around the World" skill involves circling the ball with one foot while jumping over it with the other. This flashy move not only showcases ball control but also mesmerizes opponents. It's not often pulled off on the pitch because of its complexity, but it's definitely something to show off to your friends.
3. The Rabona:
The Rabona is a show stopping move where a player kicks the ball by wrapping one foot around the other. It's a move that demands precision and flair. You can see videos of Christiano Ronaldo crossing the ball using the Rabona or Eric Lamela scoring goals for Tottenham Hotspurs using the method.
4. The Rainbow Flick:
A true spectacle on the football pitch, the Rainbow Flick involves using one foot to roll the ball up the calf of the planted leg and then using your planted leg to flick the ball up and over your head as well as your opponents. This move is a favorite of Neymar, and there are many videos on YouTube of him embarrassing opposing defenders and leaving them looking lost.
5. Cruyff Turn:
Named after the Dutch maestro Johan Cruyff, this turn involves a swift change of direction by dragging the ball behind the standing leg—a very popular move on the football turf and one of the simpler skills on the list. A search on YouTube will show you a whole host of footballers who have pulled off the Cruyff Turn and left their opponents dropped on the floor as they slip to a sudden change in direction.
6. Maradona Turn:
Inspired by the football legend Diego Maradona, this turn is a brilliant way to outmaneuver opponents in tight spaces. To do this, you must plant your foot and rotate your body 360 degrees while dragging the ball with your dominant foot in one swift motion. Zinedine Zidane and many other players frequently used this move.
This is one of the more common skills performed on the football turf, mainly because it is so simple to pull off. All you have to do is step your foot around the ball, which indicates to your defending opponent that you may be going in a particular direction, except you don't. You can even do two step-overs, or three, or four, with some consistent practice. You can find many step-over compilations on YouTube featuring your footballing heroes.
8. The Nut-Meg:
Just pass the ball through your opponent's legs and move past them to collect the ball again. It's as easy as that! Well… not really. You have to ensure that your opponent's legs are wide apart enough for the ball to pass, and you have to pass the ball through with accuracy, otherwise they will block the nut-meg and leave you embarrassed.
9. The Feint:
Drop your shoulder to one direction and take the ball the other way. One of the easier skills to pull-off. But you have to be convincing to your opponent and really make it seem like you are going one direction and end up going the other. Lionel Messi was a master at this, he used to glide past players on the football turf smoothly like an ice-skater.
Showboating on the football turf with Gallant Play
Showboating on the football turf takes a lot of practice, but with adequate practice your skills will improve, and your showboating skills will become showstopping. Your friends will applaud you, commentators will shout your name and the crowd will be left jaw-dropped.
Gallant Play does not provide just a football turf - it's a canvas for young talents to paint their own football masterpieces. Through our pay-and-play system and expert coaching, children can learn the art of showboating and develop the skills that make football truly beautiful.
Join us at Gallant Play and witness the emergence of the next generation of football stars, dazzling the world with their flair and love for the game. Find a Gallant Play arena near you!