Part 13 described three types of traps associated with the feet. Today, we discuss three involving other parts of the body.
Rarely does the ball come to you the same way twice. Trajectories and speeds vary.
Many times a receiving player doesn't have time to allow the ball to fall to his feet.
Probably the most difficult of all types of control is with the head. Diagram 1: The player must stand with one foot behind the other for balance. As the ball drops on the forehead, the player bends his knees and lowers his body to absorb the impact of the ball. Naturally the ball will bounce up into the air, but not far. The next movement depends on the situation. However, on falling, the ball can be either headed to a teammate, volleyed at the goal or allowed to drop to the ground. For the player who seeks to acquire all the trapping skills, this one should be included.
Chest Trap, Diagram 2: During the time Pele and I were together with the Cosmos, I can attest to the fact that Pele's technique in controlling the ball with his chest, then side volleying at goal as the ball descends, was magic. Certainly, this was a favorite move of his.
On a chest-high ball, the feet once again are positioned one behind the other. The upper body leans backward to form a "platform." With the arms out for good balance, a large area has been made to receive the ball. Watch the ball right onto the center of the chest, then prevent the ball from bouncing too far away by leaning back a fraction more on contact.
A clearance, pass or a shot on goal can be made before the ball hits the ground by changing your weight to the forward foot and kicking through with the other one.
Thigh Trap, Diagram 3: As your trapping skills improve, you will prefer certain types of traps to others. This is natural. The head trap is more difficult. Than the thigh trap. Yet either can be used when the ball is dropping directly above your head. Time and the next move should dictate which trap to use.
The problem most young players have with the thigh trap, is that they "accept" the ball onto the knee area. Since this is a relatively hard area, the ball bounces out of control and away.
Allow the ball to come "through" the upper body, and just before you receive it on the fleshier part of the thigh, begin to withdraw your leg to the ground. This way a better cushioning effect is acquired.
To develop techniques, I must emphasize these important points: 1) balance; 2) timing; 3) and keeping your eyes on the ball right through the movement.