How To Do A Penguin Trick Soccer
Here are instructions for how to do a penguin soccer trick. The penguin soccer trick, like other ball-handling tricks, is a simple and fun way to improve your skills between seasons or as a warm up to practices. Lots of soccer tricks have the benefit of improving ball control, muscle memory, and strengthening commonly used muscles. The penguin trick, which will require you to walk around on your heels, with your toes pointed upward, stretches and lengthens the muscles in the back of your legs, while increasing your balance.
The penguin trick is a fairly easy move. In order to perform it, all you will need is:
- a soccer ball
- a pair of sneakers
- a decent amount of balance
For this trick, you aren't going to need as much room as you would for a Rainbow or regular juggling, but give yourself several feet, just to be on the safe side.
- Place the ball between your feet. You want to stand so that the outward curves of your feet are about centered on the sides of the ball. Your heels and the inward scoop of your feet should be mostly behind the ball.
- Roll the ball on top of your feet. There are a couple ways of doing this. In the first way, you'd place your right foot atop the ball. Point the toes of your left foot upward, creating a small cradle with the bridge of your foot. Using your right foot, roll the ball into the cradle. Once it's steady, put down your right foot, shaping it in the same way as your left, and shift the ball between them. In the second way, step in towards the ball a little more, until your feet are almost directly under it. Scoop your toes, the same as in the first way. This rolls the ball into the cradle on its own.
- Put those silly walking skills to use. Keeping the ball steady in the cradle of your feet, rock back and forth gently while shuffling your heels forward. This creates a waddling effect.
- For extra amusement, add in the hands. It never fails—when people imitate penguins, their arms always press tight to their bodies and their hands end up palm down, sticking directly out to the sides. To complete the penguin illusion, add in the hand motions.
The goal of this trick is to improve balance and ball control. Getting used to the ball being on the inside of your foot will train your brain to believe that is where the ball goes, which will help you with passing and shooting down the road. Good luck and happy shooting!