Alternative name(s): Elastico, Elastic Dribble, Snakebite, la Culebrita, Gaucho (after Ronaldinho Gaucho who perfected it in the 2000s).
The Aim: With a Flip-Flap, the focus is to trick your opponent into thinking you're taking the ball away from you with the outside of the foot, but then immediately changing direction onto the inside of the foot.
The Basics: Invented back in the 1960's by Corinthians youngster Sérgio Echigo, it was perfected by team-mate Rivelino who showcased it at the 1970 World Cup finals. With your strongest foot, tap the ball away from your body with the outside of the foot, but then immediately move the inside of your foot around the ball and bring the ball back in the other direction in one instant, smooth move.
Don't Forget: ...To move off immediately after executing the Flip-Flap. You're looking to fool your opponent for a split second, and so you need to take advantage of it.
Difficulty Rating: 4/5 The Flip-Flap is difficult to do really well because it has to be executed extremely quickly to move the ball so smoothly in two directions.
The following steps on how to perform a Flip-Flap are for doing it with your right foot.