Freestyle Football Street Moves
You may have often wondered how the pros do their tricks. Well, now there's a handy guidebook written by someone employed to show off his skills, freestyle footballer Sean D'Arcy to help you out.
Freestyle Foobtall Street Moves is aimed at kids, as in evidence from all the pictures of the tricks which involve no-one over the age of 16, and it is even made in a handy size, designed to be taken out onto the street.
It details a number of tricks over the course of 120 picture-heavy pages, and splits them into Nutmegs, Trick Passes and Beat Moves to help you find what you're looking for.
The basis for each explanation is that it offers 'tips' and 'common problems' to make sure you are doing it right. It's broken down into 'steps' that take you through each motion of performing the move and gives you the maximum chance of pulling it off. There are plenty of still-shots that allow you to see how you are meant to be positioning yourself, but the main failing of the book is that it does not offer the same insight as a video does.
That said, D'Arcy has an insight that many people on YouTube do not. He does this for a living and is therefore able to impart some of his wisdom, letting us in on the 'secrets' of the various tricks.
If you forget the fact that many of the kids pictured don't exactly look like competent footballers, and that the entire book appears to have the look and feel of a French lesson textbook, then you are left with something that could (with the right application) improve your skills.
Helpful hints and pictures can only go so far, but by seeing how the tricks are done - perhaps even by finding some footage of D'Arcy himself - then you have a good basis on which to build.