A Few Great Fakes

Pull Backs

1) Turn with Pullback
2) Turn Away with Pullback  


Start with the ball between your feet. Bring your right foot toward in a kicking motion, but stop with your cleats on top of the ball. Now "pull-back" the ball by rolling your cleats backwards to get the ball rolling behind you.Turn either clockwise or counterclockwise to face the ball again.

If you used your right foot to "pull-back" and you turn clockwise or towards the pull-back leg it is a "turn-with pull-back". If your turn is counterclockwise away from the right leg, it is a "turn-away pull-back".  


Fakes Kicks

1) Fake Kick Inside
2) Fake Kick Outside

Begin by dribbling forward. Touch the ball a little in front of your feet, plant your left foot near the ball and wind up with your right leg like you are going to shoot (or kick the ball hard). Instead of shooting you bring your right leg down in a "chopping" motion to cut the ball backwards across the front of your body. It has to be a very sharp cut back towards your left foot and maybe even in towards yourself. You may even have to hop out of the way with your left foot. Then continue in that new direction and do another with the left foot. This is known as the "inside cut".

The "outside cut" begins the same, but after the fake right kick, instead of "chopping" down of the ball, you "sweep" it away with the outside of your right foot away from the defender. This is a less aggressive move and actually shields the ball as well.

Step-over 180° turns.

Step-over 180° Inside
Step-over 180° Outside

Start with the ball between your feet, as it is during your "in-betweens". Put your weight on your left foot as you swing your right foot up and over the ball (turning counter-clockwise towards the left). Plant the right foot down on the left side of the ball and step down. (This is the "step-over" part of the move and will be used in lots of fakes and feints). Now using that right foot as a pivot, spin (turning clockwise this time) around with your left foot, back towards the ball. Once you have turned a 180, take the ball with your left foot and begin to move in the other direction.

Another slight variation is to take the ball back with the outside of the right foot instead of using it as a pivot foot. Here you fake the "step-over" as you turn counter-clockwise over the ball with the right foot, just as before. Then instead of planting that right foot, you just tap it down and then back up as you begin to pivot back clockwise still on the left foot. Then you take the ball with the outside of the right foot (the step-over foot) and move back in the new direction.  


The lunge is a very versatile move that works standing still or at a dead run. Start dribbling the ball forwards then abruptly lunge (take a long deep step) with your left foot, to the left of the ball. Plant your left foot hard and take the ball back to the right with the outside of the right foot, on the diagonal. Accelerate.

Double lunge

      Once the defenders catches on to the "lunge left - go right" concept, they will not be fooled as often. Then it's time for an occasional "double lunge". Here instead of lunging left and then taking the ball to the right you lunge both directions and then "go". So, lunge left followed by a big step (lunge) to the right with the right foot, but then take the ball back to the left, with the outside of the left foot.

More Fakes


This is a lunge type move using an inside to outside step-over. Start dribbling with the ball between your feet. Plant your right foot next to the right side of the ball and swing your left leg around the ball in a counterclockwise arc, from the inside (right side) of the ball to the outside (left side) of the ball. This is an "inside to outside" step-over with the left foot. Then plant that left foot down and take the ball back to the right with the outside of the right foot. Accelerate!
There are 2 versions of this scissor type motion. The one described above when the step-over move goes out and around the the front of the ball is a "front side scissors". You can abbreviate this motion and do the step-over motion mostly behind the ball and it is a "back side scissors". They both work well if you don't just swing your legs around but actually try to fake the change in direction.