Introduction: The Samba Flick

Hello, my name is Oliver and soccer is... a sport. I've played for as long as I can remember, and at a level I can be proud of. I've never been one of the most flashy players on the pitch, more of just a midfield maestro. But what fun is it if you can't embarrass your friends at school, or nutmeg your coach? From this revelation, I decided to put more effort into my freestyle swagger. The samba flick was one of the first tricks I learned as I began my training.

Note: This is a tutorial for those of you who want to add a bit more flair to their arsenal, like me. It is a difficult trick for beginners, but persistent players will catch on quick. A great deal of practice is key to mastering any party trick of this sort. Enjoy!

Word of Advice: Unless you have some serious balls on the ball, I don’t recommend trying this in an 11v11 match. However, this trick can be used very effectively in a street or futsal venue, and it’s always a fun way to embarrass your friends.

Step 1: Start

Place the sole of your dominant foot on the ball.

Step 2: Sole Rolls

Gaining momentum, hop backwards and drag the ball back as you do (still using the sole of your foot).

Step 3: Flick Pt. I

Shift weaker plant foot closer to the ball, and with your dominant foot, roll the ball over your plant foot so it pops up into the air.

Step 4: Flick Pt. II

With the ball now airborne, use the outside of your dominant foot to flick the ball up and over your opponent.

Step 5: Complete the Trick

Track the flight of the ball and touch it down to successfully complete the skill.

Step 6: Important Note

Important Note: As you flick the ball up, you should no longer be going backwards. Instead, pause to successfully land the skill and accelerate away. The defenders momentum will carry him away as you drift in the opposite direction. He thoroughly played himself. HOWEVER, if you see the defender does not bite as you teasingly roll the ball away from him, the trick will be much less effective, if at all so. Read your opponent, and adjust accordingly.

Step 7: Conclusion

I hope everyone who took the time to view my tutorial enjoyed the content and was able to land the trick. Freestyle flicks like these aren't confined to their original design, feel free to add your own personal flair whenever and wherever possible. Feel free to share your own, and let me know if you have any questions or comments about my instructable!