Controlling the ball quickly, away from defenders and into space, will give players more time to assess their options and execute their next move, whether that is a shot, pass or dribble. Use the following soccer drill to coach these skills.
- It improves the ability to keep possession.
- Creates more possession time.
- Increases the team's speed of play.
In this drill, players need to think about:
- Where their opponents and team mates are.
- Their body position – half-turned in the direction they want to control the ball.
- Ball travels across body to the back foot.
- Contact the ball’s horizontal mid-line or above.
- Cushion the ball to play it again without having to chase or reach for it.
Tips for setting up the drill
- You need a ball and four players in a 10 x 10 yard area.
- Two players stand one behind the other on one side of the square, with the other two players lined-up opposite.
- The first player passes the ball across the square, where the player receiving controls it – using the inside, or arch, of the foot – and passes it back, ideally with their second touch.
- Once a player from either side has played a pass, they turn behind the second player in line, who repeats the soccer drill.
- Keep the ball moving.
- Use the right foot to control to the right, and the left to control to the left.
- Stress the importance of good passing skills in this soccer drill.