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Clean control and then release

A player’s first touch is about much more than just bringing the ball under control – it is also about setting the ball up in order to execute the next skill – whether that is a smart pass out of defence or a thunderbolt strike at goal.

What this session is about

  1. Controlling the ball.
  2. Setting the ball up with first receiving touch.

What to think about

Players attempting to control then move the ball on must:

  • Be half-turned in the direction they want to guide the ball.
  • Let the ball travel across the body to the inside of the back foot.
  • “Cushion” the ball’s horizontal mid-line or above on impact to guide it in the right direction but keep it within playing distance.
  • Move quickly to be able to play the next pass/ shot/clearance.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Put your players into pairs and mark out a small square for each to stand in, 10 yards apart, as shown in the top picture.

Players pass the ball back and forth, using only two touches – one to control and one to pass. The ball should only leave the squares when it is being passed.

To progress, increase the distance between the squares to 20 yards so each player has to control a more difficult ball and execute a more accurate pass.

Pairs of players control a pass in their box then provide an accurate pass back.

Pairs of players control a pass in their box then provide an accurate pass back.


Development

Mark out a 15-yard square area and use eight players. Play begins with four attackers trying to keep possession against a single defender. An extra defender is added at 30-second intervals until team numbers are equal.

Play stops after two minutes and the teams switch roles. The winning team is the one that makes the highest number of successful passes.

To progress, play two-touch passing.

Four attackers control and pass while defenders are added every 30 seconds.

Four attackers control and pass while defenders are added every 30 seconds.


Game situation

Mark out an area with a three-yard square in each corner. Play 6v6 and place a player from each team in diagonally opposite corners, as shown in the bottom picture.

This leaves a 4v4 in the main playing area, vying for possession of the ball. Players hit either a long or short pass accurately to one of their team mates in a target zone, who can only play twotouch, with the controlling touch keeping the ball inside the target zone to score a point.

No player from either side is allowed to enter these zones. Target players switch roles with two of their team mates regularly. The team that scores most points wins.

Teams try to make passes to a team mate in a corner, who must control it in the target zone to earn a point.

Teams try to make passes to a team mate in a corner, who must control it in the target zone to earn a point.


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