EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Positive first touch

This practice is designed to improve the first touch of a player.

What this session is about

1. Improving our first touch so that we are more positive in our play and can make use of any space created.

What to think about

• Are the players ready to receive?
Players should be on their toes and watching the movement of the ball as well as the movement of players around them. They should be assessing
where the space is appearing and which direction they should move the ball when it arrives at them.
• Does their first touch take them off and into space?
A positive first touch sees the receiving player move the ball into space and, in doing so, creating more time for them to make their next decision. Will they pass or run with the ball? Where to?

Set-up

  •  40 x 30 yard area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes20-25 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Run the first practice as a warm-up. The players must take a touch to the side of their gate and pass back to their partner. The practice works continuously.
Dribble and pass out – the players must dribble across the area and pass out to a teammate. The teammate must take a diagonal touch to the side of their gate and dribble quickly to a new teammate.

Get the players warmed-up with this simple passing and receiving drill.

Get the players warmed-up with this simple passing and receiving drill.


Development

Play Out, Go Out possession game. 6 players compete to keep possession 3 v 3 in the middle of the area. The aim is to pass out to a teammate and follow the pass out of the playing area. The receiving teammate must be positive on their first touch and come into the area.

The session promotes a positive first touch combined with dribbling skills.

The session promotes a positive first touch combined with dribbling skills.


Game situation

Play a game and look for movement off the ball and passing options to the player in possession. Encourage your players to move and find space and to communicate where the receiver has time. Should he shift the ball left or right when receiving?

In this 3 player possession game the teams can score points by switching places with the outside teammates.

In this 3 player possession game the teams can score points by switching places with the outside teammates.


What to call out

  •  “Be ready to receive”
  •  “Take a positive touch”
  •  “Move into space”
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