The Double Step Over

The double step over is a soccer move that you will see frequently at the game’s higher levels. Unlike a normal step over, this move consists of two (or more) step overs quickly, which often throws off the defender and can allow the attacker to get past them. While it’s not the easiest move to learn, once you know it, it can become a useful tool for any attacker.

Step One

Stand slightly behind and towards the right or left of the ball

Step Two

If you are standing to the right of the soccer ball, plant your left foot and move your right foot around the front of the ball. If you are standing to the left of the ball, plant your right foot and move your left.

Step Three

Plant the foot that has moved in front of the ball and repeat step two using the other foot. This can confuse the defender and throw them off balance. 

Step Four

You don’t have to limit yourself to two step overs. Repeat the process as many times as you feel necessary, and then use the outside of your dominant foot to take a quick touch away.

Double Step Over — Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez has developed a reputation as one of the best dribblers in the world. Back in 2016, when the Algerian was playing for Leicester, his double step over confused Burnley’s defense, allowing him to find his teammate for Leicester’s second goal.

Watch how he moves so quickly that you can barely tell what is going on. This shows why the double step over is such a deadly move when it is used correctly.

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Bryan Coe

Bryan is the founder of The Soccer Handbook. He has been playing soccer since he was 8 years old, continues to play, and has also done his share of volunteer coaching over the years. Bryan’s mission is to help coaches coach better and help people enjoy the beautiful game throughout their lives.


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