INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

A good first touch

A high-quality controlling touch away from opposition pressure is critical because it allows your players to retain possession and gives them vital time before executing their next move. In this drill, that will be a pass to a team mate.

What this session is about

  1. Receiving the ball.
  2. The importance of a good first touch.

What to think about

Are the players ready to receive the ball?

Players have to be on their toes and watching the movement of the ball as well as the movement of players around them.

They need to assess where the space is and in which direction they should move when the ball reaches them.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split your group into pairs. Each pair uses a cone gate and a ball, as shown in the top picture.

Players stand either side of the gate. One receives a pass to one side of a cone, controls the ball with the inside of their left foot – bringing the ball across their body – then passes with the inside of their right foot on the other side of the cone.

Next players control with outside of the right foot and pass with the inside of the right foot.

Now this time, players take a light touch with the inside of the right foot, feinting to go left, then move right, using the outside of the right foot.

Next, they take a light touch with outside of right foot feinting to go right, then use inside of right foot to move the ball left.

Make sure all drills are repeated at the other core so players must use both feet.

In pairs, players learn to take a good first touch before passing the ball to their partner.

In pairs, players learn to take a good first touch before passing the ball to their partner.


Development

Split your squad into groups of four, who stand in a line. The first two players stand opposite each other and the second two players do the same. The two players in the middle stand back to back, as shown in the middle picture.

Acting as a passive defender, one of the inside players passes to his partner and follows the pass.

His partner takes a controlling touch away from the defender and passes to the outside player at the opposite end before switching roles with his partner. The outside player passes to his partner, receives a pass back and steps out as he controls it to beat the oncoming defender and passes to the player at the far end. The drill is continuous.

Inside players chase their pass while outside players take a controlling touch and pass to the player at the opposite end.

Inside players chase their pass while outside players take a controlling touch and pass to the player at the opposite end.


Game situation

Mark out an area with a target goal on each touchline, as shown in the bottom picture. Split players into three teams of four.

Play 8v4. The eight defenders try to keep possession of the ball. The two teams that constitute the defenders each earns a point if they complete 10 consecutive passes.

The four attackers score one point every time they win the ball and score in one of the four goals. One of the defending teams swaps roles with the attackers and the drill is repeated.

Emphasise the need for a good first touch. The team with most points wins.

Two teams of four combine to play keepball while another team (A) tries to win the ball and score in any target goal.

Two teams of four combine to play keepball while another team (A) tries to win the ball and score in any target goal.


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