Soccer: First touch - Bringing the ball down

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DESCRIPTION

When the ball is in the air or bouncing around you want to get the ball on the ground. Doing this requires a soft touch and a general downward motion of your body.

To practice the skill players feed the ball to themselves with a head height throw. As the ball goes up players raise their foot to meet the ball at around waist height.

As the ball comes down also lower your foot so that you are cushioning the ball - trying to maintain contact between your foot and the ball until it reaches the ground.

COACHING POINTS

First touch control is an essential skill - here we are practising the skill in a static situation but in a game your players will be required to control long balls and crosses in this way.

Progression:

Players now work in pairs, standing 1 meter apart one player feeds a high balland the other player attempts to cushion the ball down.

You can increase the height and distance of the throw as players improve.

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