The worse a players' first touch, the less likely they are to have the time to get their head up and make their second touch a damaging one. Here are 6 great activities for improving first touch with your players. MORE
Receive and control the ball (U9 activity)
BALL CONTROL 2
Receive and control the ball
CUSHION CONTROL IN PAIRS
“Call for the ball” • “Keep your eyes on the ball” • “Use the inside of the foot to cushion and stop the ball or use part of your body”
Split your squad into pairs and give each pair a ball. Get the players to stand two yards apart (use cones if necessary).
The first player throws the ball to his partner so that he has to use part of his body, either his chest or thigh, to control the ball.
The player receiving the ball must cushion it with his body so that it drops and lands at his feet. He must then control the ball before passing back to his partner.
The thrower must receive the pass by stopping it with his foot and controlling it before picking it up again and throwing it. Swap thrower and receiver every five goes.
How many players do I need?
Players work in pairs so you can use as many as you need – if you have an odd number, swap players in and out.