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CMRC Patch Program

CMRC Patch Program

Initially implemented in 2007, the CMRC Patch Program was designed to provide kids an incentive for executing various moves vital to the game of soccer.  Today, players proudly display their patches as a sign of accomplishment.  While many young players (and parents) are focused on scoring goals it’s our goal to encourage players to master the various moves thus increasing their skill-level and over-all confidence when handling the ball.

Awarding patches for moves performed in-game provides players with a tangible sign of accomplishment.  The CMRC Patch Program is intended to be a multi-year program available to all U6, U7, and U8 teams.  Generally speaking the U6 teams focus almost exclusively on the moves and award “Minor Move” patches.  As the seasons progress, the U7 and U8 coaches introduce more advanced moves awarding “Major Move” patches.

While we strive to implement this program consistently across the lower divisions, each player is different as is each coach.  Some players may learn quicker than others thus coaches may introduce additional moves earlier than usual.  Moreover, some coaches may award a patch to a player performing the approximate – that is, the player does part of the move before having the ball stolen.  As the season progresses and/or the players improve, patches may be awarded only when a move is executed properly AND at the appropriate time.

Moves are tracked by the coaches and/or parent volunteers with patches being awarded after the game.  This post-game recognition provides almost immediate feedback further reinforcing the value of the moves and patches for the players.  CMRC has developed various training guides containing activities geared toward teaching/reinforcing the various moves.  Many of the minor moves are relatively straightforward while others are more complex requiring the coaches to break down moves into smaller steps.

Consistent with the CMRC soccer philosophy and the prevailing view of player development around the world, we work with players to develop individual foot skills utilizing the various moves below.  CMRC is continually seeking to improve our coaching techniques through innovative ideas and approaches.  Please reach out to the CMRC Soccer Commissioner with ideas and/or resources.

Minor Moves
Zico Patch – The player takes a “granny step” over the ball, turning 180 degrees, and takes the ball away with the outside of his/her foot.


Pullback Patch – The player uses his/her foot to “pull” the ball back away from an opponent and change direction.

Spin Patch – The player uses the inside of either foot to cut the ball and continue making small inside cuts until he/she has made a complete circle. Upon completion, the player explodes away from the opponent.


Screw Patch – The “screw” is essentially the reverse of the spin move. The player uses the outside of either foot to cut the ball and continue making small cuts until he/she has made a complete circle.

Locomotion Patch – The player dribbles forward, stops the ball with the sole of his/her foot, and then quickly accelerates pushing the ball forward with their laces or instep.


Sole Drag Patch – The player uses the bottom of his/her foot to “drag” the ball sideways away from an opponent with the opposite foot used to stop and control the ball.

Shake Patch – The player makes a hard shoulder fake behind the ball in one direction and pushes the ball at 45 degrees with the outside of the opposite foot.


Shake and Bake Patch – This move is performed like a “shake” but with quicker, alternating shoulder fakes.

Major Moves
Mathews Patch – The player nudges the ball with a series of taps across the body with the inside of his/her foot and then pushes the ball away at a 45 degree angle with outside of the same foot.


Power Roll Patch – The “Power Roll” requires the player to, while moving forward, roll the ball across the body with the sole of their foot and then take the ball away at a 45 degree angle with the outside of the same foot.

Chop Patch – The player abruptly stops the forward progress of the ball and changes direction. While dribbling, the player turns almost perpendicular to the path of the ball, chops off the forward motion of the ball with one foot, drags the ball across the body to the opposite foot and pushes the ball ahead with the inside of the opposite foot.


BaBoom Patch – The “baboom” is performed by the player lightly tapping the ball with their left or right foot (ba) and then exploding in the opposite direction using their other foot (boom).

Pull and Tuck Patch – The player uses the sole of his/her foot to pull the ball back and tuck it behind the standing (i.e., weight bearing) leg.


Pull the V Patch – The player pulls the ball back toward their body with the sole of their foot, pivoting 45 degrees in the direction of the pullback foot and pushing the ball away with the same foot.

Master Moves
Scissors Patch – The player starts with his/her feet together and circles the ball with their left or right foot. Landing with an open stance, the players uses their other foot to move the ball in the opposite direction. This move is also known as a Platini.


Double Scissors Patch – The “double scissors” starts with the scissors move except instead of pushing the ball away with the other foot the player circles the ball again and uses the first foot to move the ball away.

Step Over Patch – The player steps over the ball to the left or right and then using the “step over” foot to move the ball in the opposite direction; this move is also known as a Rivelino.


Nutmeg Patch – The player pays close attention to the defensive stance of an opponent as he/she approaches, then plays the ball between the opponent’s legs, intercepts the ball on the other side and continues dribbling.

Fake Kick Patch – The player leans his/her body over the ball while extending the leg back. The player brings the leg forward like they were about kick their ball with their instep instead touching ball outside or inside to get past the opponent.


Cryuff Patch – The player makes a fake-kick and then using the inside of their “kicking” foot to push the ball behind their other foot. The player changes direction and explodes away using the outside of their other foot.

General Patches
Gold Star - Awarded to players who, at mid-term, are demonstrating excellence in the classroom. Coaches who award this patch provide a certificate at mid-term to each player and instructs each to ask his/her teacher to sign it. Certificates are returned to the coach and presented at a later date along with the gold patch.
Blue Star - Given to players that are present at least 90% of practices and games. This patch will be given at the end of the season once attendance records have been reviewed.
Juggling - Awarded to a player who can show at least 5 juggles without stopping. A second patch may be awarded at 10 consecutive juggles, and so on.
Red Star - Presented to players that demonstrate extraordinary, yet appropriate, aggressiveness and bravery on the game field. The player must give 110% effort at all times in attacking the ball. This patch may also be awarded to a player who is injured during a game.
Defense - Presented to players who make tremendous stops during games, who rush the offender and win the ball, who make long controlled dribbling runs from the defensive third of the field to the offensive third, and for goalies making incredible saves.