Freeze command drill to improve first touch skills

Put your players' first-touch ball control skills to the test with this "freeze" command soccer drill, by Tony Carr, Academy Director, West Ham United, English Premier League.

This soccer drill concentrates on using good first-touch skills to control the ball so players can quickly make passes. It shows players how a good first touch makes it easier to move into space and gives them time to see where their team mates are.

Tips to set up drill

In a 40 x 30 yard area you need two teams of four players. When you're running this soccer drill you will need to add a goal and a goalkeeper.

  • The coach passes a ball in to one team to keep possession.

  • When the soccer coach calls "FREEZE," the team not in possession must stand still.
  • The team with the ball must make 10 passes in between the opposition players as quickly as possible. This means they must move quickly into space, call for the ball, and control it first time before finding the next pass.
  • Switch roles each time in this drill, so that the teams take it in turn to have possession.

    freeze command game to improve players first touch skills in 3 parts

In diagram 2, I have added a goal and a goalkeeper.

Now when you call "FREEZE" the team in possession must use three quick passes and movement to create and complete a goal scoring opportunity.

You can then move onto your training pitch and play a small-sided game, as in diagram 3, with two goals and goalkeepers. Every so often shout "WHITE FREEZE" or "GRAY FREEZE" and see if your teams can complete a three-pass movement to create a goal scoring chance.