Change of direction is essential to any soccer athlete, especially ones who need to make sharp cuts and perform in multiple planes. The cross-over step is one way that an athlete can change direction efficiently, without losing any speed or power.
The first step to developing an athlete’s cross-over step is to work on the mechanics of the movement to ensure proper form and body alignment. Next, the athlete can train the movement by performing it game speed but still focusing on the correct form. Lastly, the athlete must apply the movement in a soccer-specific pattern that they would use out on the field.
This video covers all three phases of the cross-over step to help develop more efficient turns and directional changes on the soccer field.
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