First Touch Skills Series

The First Touch Series is a simple, yet highly effective series that helps players work on their first touch skills. This series can be utilized by a whole team or a small group with two players passing to each other, or an individual can perform this series by passing against a wall by themselves. The 6 part series is demonstrated by 10 Year MLS Veteran Bobby Burling. The exercise can be modified by making the passes shorter or longer.

SETUP:

Set up 4 cones in a square, like shown in the video. The First Touch Skills Series Exercises are:

  1. Receiving Ball With Inside Of Foot: players work to control their first touch inside the cones with the inside of their foot. Then they pass back to their teammate or against a wall.
  2. Receiving Ball With Outside Of Foot: players work to control their first touch inside the cones with the outside of their foot. Then they pass back to their teammate or against a wall.
  3. Inside Trap And Play: adjust the cones so they are a little tigher than the first two exercises. In this version, trap the ball outside of the cones with the inside part of your foot and play the ball through the cones back to your teammate (or against a wall).
  4. Outside Trap And Play: trap the ball with the outside of your foot a play the ball through the cones to your partner (or a wall).
  5. Inside Trap And Outside Play: trap the ball with the inside of your foot and quickly play the ball with the outside of your foot. As you improve, increase speed.
  6. Trap Roll And Play: practice trapping, rolling the ball and quickly playing the ball back to your partner (or a wall). 

Coaching Points:

  • Good body position: head up, knee bend, hips open and be ready to receive ball.
Goals Required: 
0
Balls Required: 
1
Players Required: 
1

Comments

BrandonUnitedFC on 11/15/2021
  • Receive the ball from  outside the cones and pass from inside the cones.use both sides.
  • Receive from outside the cones with the outer side of the foot and pass back within cones'
  • Receive with inside and pass with outside= this can be intergrated in the warm up 
BrandonUnitedFC on 11/15/2021
  1. Warm Up - coach guided 1st touch and  passes in a circle 
  • Receive ball with inner side of the dominant  foot ,pass back with the same foot
  • Receive  ball with the outer side of the dominant foot and pass back
  • receive the ball with the inner  foot of the non dominant and pass back with the dominant
  • NB= receiving and passing stance 

1 on 1 passes same touches and passes

  • same as the above touches 
  • NB= coach on the ball receiving and passing stance 

1on 1 with the intergration of cones as the above drill

  • Receive ball with the inner  foot and pass back within the  cones .NB= 1st touch and ball movement within the cones 
  • Receive with outer foot and pass while the ball is outside the cones

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