First touch soccer training drill

If you want to improve the first touch of your players, this is a good soccer coaching drill to get them doing it properly. First touch is important so players can get the ball under control quickly, allowing them to make use of any space they have created.

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Players should be on their toes and watching the movement of the ball as well as the movement of players around them in this soccer training drill.

They should be assessing where the space is appearing and which direction they should move the ball when it arrives at their feet.

A positive first touch sees the receiving player move the ball into space and, in doing this he creates more time to make the next decision.

Will the player pass or run with the ball? Where to?

Run the first soccer drill training session as a warm-up drill. The players must take a touch to the side of their gate and pass back to their partner. The drill works continuously.

Soccer training drill to get players working on first touch skills

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.

Play Out, Go Out possession game

Six 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.

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