There is nothing more satisfying than bending the ball from free-kicks or swerving it at goal from open play in and around the box. Watching a wall stretching up but unable to reach the ball as it hits the back of the net is the dream of every young player – and of every coach if they were really honest. MORE
First touch control (U12-14 game)
BALL CONTROL 4
First touch control
CONTROL AND CATCH
“Keep your eyes on the ball” • “Look up to see where to stop the ball” • “Make a good first touch”
Mark out a 20 x 15 yards area with goals at either end. Play 4v4 plus goalkeepers. The game is played with the hands instead of the feet.
Teams keep possession of the ball by throwing to pass the ball and then using a first touch with part of the body but not the hands. Goals are scored by throwing the ball into the net.
Before a player catches the ball he must control it with part of his body (not hands) first (chest-catch, thigh-catch etc).
The opposition players only have to catch to steal possession. Failure to control the ball first or dropping the ball results in turnover of possession.
How many players do I need?
We used 10 players in this game.
Good catching technique.
Accurate passing and shooting.
Look for match-like pressing.