A cut catch is used when you need to get passed a defender into open space. Keep a consistant pace as you’re running and don’t get ahead of yourself. As you approach the defender, force them to adjust their stance. You will then tap the ball with your non dribbling foot to your other foot. Then catch the ball and simply tap it through the defender's legs or into open space and chase after the ball.
The close range chip is perfect for scoring when a goalkeeper charges you. First you need to read the goalkeeper and decide if they are diving low or standing tall. The timing of the chip is imperative to scoring. To chip the ball, keep your ankle locked and make contact underneath the ball with the top of your toes. Lionel Messi’s mastery of the chip is one of many reasons he is the best player in the world.
This skill is perfect for when you are alone 1 on 1 versus the goalkeeper. First, give the impression that you are still dribbling down field. Then catch the goalkeeper off guard by striking the ball in stride. Aim towards the inside of the far post where there is an opening. Slice across the ball while keeping your toe down and in to create a curl while you shoot, and focus on placement as opposed to power.