There are many different skills involved in the game of football.


The skills can be broadly broken down into those that involve Gaining Possession, Maintaining Possession, Releasing Possession and Contesting Possession. Many of these skills can be performed on the ground, without the need to get the ball into the hand and out of the hand.


Gaining Possession


Involves gaining possession and control of the football. Thus, skills such as catching and lifting are included.


Maintaining Possession


Once the football is under the control of the player, there are a number of skills which help the player in possession to maintain possession. These skills encompass soloing skills and evasion skills.


Releasing Possession


Involves releasing the football, with either the hand or the foot. All of these skills should be performed and developed using both the left and right hand and foot.


Contesting Possession


Involves many of the skills used to tackle an opponent in possession, or to contest for possession when neither player is in possession of the football.


It should be noted that this method of “grouping” skills is only a suggestion, and there are a number of different ways of matching the skills together.


Skills of Football

Gaining Possession

Maintaining Possession

Releasing Possession

Contesting Possession




Side to Side Charge


The Toe Tap






The Near /Hand Tackle

The Low Catch

Evasion/Roll off


The Block Down

The Reach Catch


The Penalty Kick