Age Group: Suitable for Young Children
Practice Area: 3-4 meters
Ball Size: 3 or 4

The Elastico drill is aimed at teaching young players the Elastico move, a skillful feint that involves a quick change of direction with the ball. This move enhances agility, ball control, and the ability to deceive opponents.


  1. Setup: Mark a 3-4 meter area for the drill.
  2. Starting Position: Place the ball stationary in front of you.
  3. Step 1: Practice the move initially with your dominant foot for better control and quicker mastery.
  4. Step 2: Push the ball away from you with the outside of your stronger foot. Keep your foot in contact with the ball to maintain control.
  5. Step 3: As you push the ball, simultaneously sell the feint with your body by transferring your weight and dropping your shoulder in the direction of the ball movement.
  6. Step 4: Quickly wrap the inside of your foot around the ball, bringing it back towards you in a swift motion. This is the most challenging part and should be done at a slow pace initially.
  7. Step 5: After bringing the ball back, push it past the imaginary defender to the other side, allowing you to accelerate past them.

Repetitions and Sets:
Perform this drill for 25 repetitions, focusing on smoothness and control. Complete 5 sets with short breaks in between.

Equipment Needed:

  • A soccer ball (size 3 or 4).
  • A flat, open area suitable for the exercise.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure the practice area is clear of obstacles.
  • Wear appropriate sports footwear for safety and better performance.

Progress Tracking:
Monitor the player’s improvement in ball control, feint execution, and the fluidity of the entire movement. As the player becomes more comfortable, increase the speed of the move.

Encourage players to practice the Elastico move with both feet, starting with the dominant foot and then the weaker foot.

Fun Tip:
Incorporate a fun element by setting up a mini obstacle or a mock defender to practice the move in a more game-like scenario.