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 (U14 activity)
BALL CONTROL 4
First touch control
TURN WITH THE BALL AND PASS
“Cushion the ball with a light touch” • “Turn and pass first time” • “Listen for the call” • “Accuracy”
Set up a 20 x 10 yards area divided into two halves with a cone in the centre. Players 1 and 4 are at the serving end. Player 2 is in front of the centre cone, ready to receive and turn before passing, and player 3 waits at the receiving end.
When you say “go”, player 1 rolls or passes the ball to player 2.
On receiving the ball, player 2 plays it with the outside of his foot, turns to beat the centre cone, which acts as a passive defender, and passes to player 3.
Player 3 repeats the move in the opposite direction. Player 2 turns and passes to player 4 and the move repeats again. Swap the players round so that they all have several goes at turning with the ball.
How many players do I need?
We used four players in the session.