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The roulette, also known as the Maradona turn or the Zidane turn. This move is a fantastic way to exit away from an oncoming defender. In addition to it being a great way to turn, It’s also a good way to get yourself out of sticky and tight situations.


For this to be effective, you need to use your forward momentum to carry out the technique effectively. To start with you can perform this move standing still to get used to the technique.

Step 1

  • If you don’t have someone with you to use as a defender, put a cone or an object in front of you to roulette around.
  • Step into the move with your weaker foot at a slight angle behind the ball. Leave space between the ball and your weaker foot. Your body should also rotate slightly.
  • Using your strong foot, place the front sole area of your foot on the top of the ball and roll back towards your standing leg.
  • Then leave your strong foot planted in front of the ball after the drag so you can pivot. Leaving your strong foot planted also shields the ball from the defender.
  • When placing your strong foot on top of the ball, you should be turning your body. This will allow you to change direction with the ball. Be careful not to lift too high as you might miss the ball.
  • You can bring your arms up to help with balancing and to help protect yourself from oncoming contact with the defender.
  • Keep your upper body upright throughout the turn.
  • Keep your eyes on the ball until your sole is on top of it.

Step 2

Now let’s look at the exit roll.

  • Your body should turn when you’re rolling the ball back, so your back is facing the way you want to exit the roulette.
  • As you’re dragging the ball back, both of your feet will be in the air for about half a second.
  • As the ball is rolling towards your weaker foot, lift it up, place the sole of your foot on top of the ball and then roll the ball back out from under your foot in the direction you want to exit.
  • Be careful when turning your body, turning it too quickly can lead to missing the ball on the exit touch or losing your balance.
  • Your upper body should flow with your exit roll.
  • Turning your body with the roulette helps you to protect the ball from the defender and will help you perform the move with fluidity and quickness.
  • Try the roulette whilst dribbling.
  • If you don’t have a defender to try against, use some cones.
  • You can perform the roulette close to the defender as you’ll be dragging the ball away from them. It’s great when the ball is slightly away from your dribble and the defender is either coming towards you from the side or front.
  • Make sure there’s space in the area you’re rouletting in to.
  • It’s very important that you carry out the move with confidence and belief. The more times you practice, the more confidence you’ll gain.


Skills should be done at speed to really throw the defender off and get past them. Remember, by doing to move quick and exiting quick, you’re giving the defender less time to react to your move. You should slow things down if it’s not quite working for you, remember repetition is key when learning something new.

You should also keep in mind that the end goal after a skill move is for it to lead to something that benefits your team.