Stop & Go Series Foundation Coach Course

Why QuickFeet?

What makes foot-skills so challenging in the new day and age of soccer, isn't the moves or library of skills that we can teach a player. It's the players' abilities to access the quick decisions that make up the different touches or types of touch that exist in the opportunity to play with the ball. The challenge as coaches, is to develop a quickness unknown to the player, but create a standard of operations in terms of memorization that a player can access, have the opportunity to study and also provides maximum flexibility in terms of effort and development. The Stop & Go Series attempts to do just that by creating a sequential introduction of rhythmic challenges that can be combined in a variety of new ways, all the while emphasizing quickness, agility and foot-skills.

Hannah Cade, Hall of Fame Class of 2017, studying the hesitation sequence in 2013.

Fast Feet, Fast Mistakes

The Stop and Go Sequence is asking players and coaches to burn through two fundamental theories of development: Fast Feet and Overlapping Sequences.

Rhythm and Power

The Stop & Go Sequence relates closely to the Toe-Toe -Foot concepts of LeftFoot's FootSkills Theory. Players need to balance when to be in their toe and when to be in their foot. Too much of one is not good.

See the "lateral push" of Chloe as she drives into the turf to move to the ball.
As well, the feet need to be "in the toes" quickly to be able to stay in stride and control to diversify the touch.

Quick Feet - Both Feet

Fundamental to the Stop & Go Sequence is the ability of the player to use both feet to change direction, hesitate and regain their balance. Most players will default to a One Foot, Stop & Go, thereby throwing off their balance and ability to manage Linear Deceleration forces as seen below in the third frame.

A great combination of Lateral Deceleration and Linear Acceleration in this sequence.

Both Feet - Overlapping Sequence

The Stop & Go Series consists of an overlapping sequence of skills that asks the player to learn one technique and then combine it as quickly as possible with as few steps as possible.

Big Picture & Key Takeaways

  • Combine Skills in succession
  • Minimize steps in between - limit the amount of touches on the ground between "techniques"
  • Learn to combine balance, coordination and rhythmic progressions with sequential steps

Dynamic & Predictable Specific Progressions

The Stop & Go Series has both Dynamic and Predictable Specific progressions that also emphasize "looping rhythms" that force a player to balance effort, with quickness and control.

Players should try to limit contact duration and space between touches, everything should be fast and quick, light on the ball.

Dynamic Progressions

Since the ball is moving and the body is moving the sequences are dynamic in nature and most U9-U15 players that are learning will struggle with a looping progression. Be sure to focus on Progressions of Learning to limit and maximize sets and repetitions.

  • Coordination
  • Rhythm
  • Speed

Predictable Specific

Because of the coaching sequence a cadence allows the the skills to become predictable. When a specific outcome is required in a predictable sequence you advance learning faster than just ordinary repetition. Be sure to repeat the cadence verbally to allow the player to align verbal and intellectual memory with physical and balanced athletic development.

Coaching Cues

As a coach repeats the following cadence and cues the players will align to the quickness of touch that is being asked of them.

  • Stop & Go,
  • Stop & Toe,
  • Double -Touch,
  • Maradonna,
  • Heel-Flick

First Progression

Speed Stops to an Outside Cut

The Step-Over Sequence and Change of Directions ideally precede the Stop & Go progression although in some cases where a players' quickness must be developed first the Stop & Go Sequence is appropriate. In this case, the Speed Stop to Outside Cut progression should be the first priority in development.

speed touch with outside cut

sometimes referred to as "stop and go first progression"
  • Stop and Go must consist of turning the foot with the leg inward to then touch with pinkie toe of dribbling foot. This is to engage leg motion to effectively push ball with power and control forward.
  • After completing 1-2 stop and go's, player must then conduct outside cut by reaching for ball with toes pointed up (dorsi-flex) and then coming off the ground to land 180 degrees on the other side of the ball
  • land with both on the ground at the same time in lateral decelerated position.

stop and go technique

  • Speed stops with the pinkie toe in, knee in
  • Short progression should look like a running technique based on form
  • Opposite feet are involved in the touch sequence
Session Design
Stop & Go

Stop & Go

The key is to make sure players understand that the Stop & Go is a test of both acceleration and deceleration in sequence while also working on speed and running technique. Within the Quick -Six Phenomenal FootSkills Theory is the idea that the feet can move amazingly fast in a short amount of distance. Therefore, players will want to try the Stop & Go with a lot of space.

  • Stay on the toes
  • Don't chase the ball
  • Quick feet
  • Knee in, Pinkie Toe

Stop & Go

both feet are involved!

Coaching the Stop & Go:

  • Make sure both feet are involved - left foot stops, right goes
  • Pinkie toe of the speed touch quickly bursts forward
Stop & Toe

Stop & Toe

The Stop & Toe is the second progression and often the most difficult for a beginning player to understand the "why" behind the skill. It's important that we create quickness in the application of technique as we build long range skill development. The "jumping" action of the Stop & Toe movement requires the player to stay in their toes without having to weight shift completely into the front foot. With this action the player can lightly balance into their core center of movement and lightly flick the ball with a dorsi-flex foot. The resulting action is a great study in "proprioceptive" results, or "how much pressure to add to the ball as I strike it."

  • Too far, too much force,
  • Too close, not enough
  • Not bearing weight on the ball
  • Trying not to lean forward too much
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