1 on 1 Soccer Move: The Zig Zag

A hidden gem. Simple, effective, and low-risk – but only if you do it right. Simple moves are great moves.


Sometimes the simplest moves can be the best ones to use. If you think simple moves don’t work – you’re wrong. Granted, you have to be able to perform simple moves VERY confidently (good timing, excellent acceleration) – but they work just as well as more complex moves, and sometimes they’re even MORE effective for many reasons.

The Zig Zag is a great example of what I just described. Two little touches. That’s it. How hard is that? Does it work? HECK yes.

Now there’s a LITTLE more to it than that. The Zig Zag is effective, but there’s a couple things to remember if you want to be successful with it.

1) Both touches need to be SIDE to SIDE. In the video, you’ll see a good example, and a bad example. The GOOD example is when Laurent is going away from the camera. The ball goes side to side on BOTH touches, and it never rolls close to the defender. The BAD example is when Laurent is going towards the camera. His first touch is great, but the SECOND touch rolls forward … very close to the defender, and way too risky. So – the key is “side to side”…NOT forward.

2) Another thing I’ve noticed some players do wrong is that they don’t let the first touch roll far enough. The first touch doesn’t have to roll THAT far, but far enough so that the opponent leans in that direction. Some players barely touch the ball before touching it again. You have to give the opponent a least half a second for him to be “faked”. So let the first touch roll a little.

I don’t really do the Zig Zag for 1 on 1 soccer more than once or twice on the same opponent. Spice it up. Otherwise they’ll read you like a book!

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ONqXdcLv9M