How to make a rainbow (football): 9 steps (with pictures)

How to make a rainbow (football): 9 steps (with pictures)
How to make a rainbow (football): 9 steps (with pictures)

The rainbow is an offensive technical move in football, which, while very impressive, can also put the defender back as you keep running. The rainbow is used to get noticed and to get around defenders with technical mastery.


Part 1 of 2: working the rainbow in a stationary position

Start by placing the ball between your feet, so that it is well in the center of your body.

Step 1. Pass the ball around

Roll the ball from your dominant leg to the other. While being right handed, use your right foot to press the soccer ball against your left ankle. Then lift your right foot to roll the ball up your left leg. This movement should be done quickly and firmly.

You need to perform this move quickly and with power, otherwise you won't have the time to complete the move and the ball will fall back to the ground

Step 2. Follow the movement

When the ball is about to reach your knee, continue the movement of your foot. In this way, the ball will rise slightly before escaping between your legs. The ideal is for your ball to be placed just above the heel. If you prefer to use your right foot to roll the ball down your left leg, continue the movement until the ball hits your knee. It will then come back down behind your ankle.

Step 3. Hit the ball with your ankle

When you land on your dominant foot (which raised the ball), kick the ball with the ankle of the other leg. The foot you rolled the ball up with is the one you land on while kicking the ball with the other ankle. If you are left-handed, your left foot will therefore touch the ground while your right ankle will send the ball to its destination by passing it over your head.

  • You must perform this movement with great speed in order to perform it correctly. Practice and repeat this movement over and over again, until you can achieve it perfectly.
  • For this to be effective, you will have to hit the ball from its lower part so that it describes an arc (a rainbow) above your head. Continue to do this movement until the ball drops right in front of you.
  • When you land and hit the ball, you should lean forward slightly. This will allow the ball to go in the desired direction.

Part 2 of 2: Make a rainbow during a game

Step 1. Dribble the ball fairly quickly towards a defender, then place the heel of your dominant foot in front of the ball while leaning a bit

This is important because if you don't lean forward, your ball will roll back. This is what worries most beginners.

Step 2. Place the heel of the foot you are most comfortable with, in front of the ball

Then put the other (non-dominant) foot behind the ball as it rolls onto the other heel with the inside of your foot.

Step 3. With your non-dominant foot and pointing slightly outward, sweep the ball off the heel of your dominant foot (so, in summary, you are rolling the ball with the heel)

Remember that your ball is in motion, don't let it bounce off your heel.

Step 4. Shift the ball to the other leg

Use your dominant foot to direct the ball to the opposite leg. You need to create a smooth movement that will roll the ball from your knee to your ankle down the leg.

Step 5. Hit the ball with your ankle

Lean forward slightly and kick the ball at the same time. Perform this movement when you land on the ground. The ball will thus make a rainbow above the defending player of the opposing team and you can continue to advance while keeping the ball.

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  • This is done during the race, but you shouldn't stray too far from your goal. It's just going to unfold. Don't worry about where your balloon will land. Do not run too fast, otherwise it will be difficult to roll it.
  • If after a while the ball is just being kicked into the air through the heel, try to throw it to gain more momentum, but remember to keep the movement as a single movement. If you can easily get the ball to go over your head a cool trick is to incorporate that into a juggling or if you throw your ball diagonally you can sometimes get it to go over your shoulder or into a specific direction.
  • The last step will take a long time to work well, the whole step will need to be continuous movement and with practice you will do it naturally, with ease.
  • Try to practice with a soft ball!
  • When running, focus on your dominant leg to kick the ball, leaning on your non-dominant leg.
  • Practice with a friend.
  • If you can't exercise with a softball, do it with a ball.


  • Don't do this too many times during a game, because other players will start to get used to what you are doing and will be able to take the ball from you. You'll also look silly, as this type of technical move is meant for experienced players, they're hardly ever used in a match.
  • Some good advocates know what you're doing as soon as they see your feet. Do this fairly quickly so that they don't get your ball back. Run at low speed during this gesture.
  • As soon as you come back on the heel, make sure you keep running to keep your pace and feet in place. Sometimes it can happen that you fall and land on your face which is not at all pleasant.
  • Don't try to do this while standing still, it's much easier if you run after your ball and try to get it over your head. But if you do it right, you can attempt to do it by standing still.

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