First touch drills for soccer should play an incredibly important role in each soccer players exercise routine. These first touch soccer exercises are a pretty simple way to enhance a player’s first touch on the ball through repetitions, and constant training.
Training with a soccer ball every day will significantly improve the player’s first touch on a soccer ball. Having a great first touch will enable the players to get out of some small spaces, or even trick the defending players with a first touch pass or turn. That will create more chances for goal scoring, and keep the flow of this sport exciting.
The players who do not have a great first touch on the ball will take a lot of touches trying to bring the soccer ball under control, which gives the other group’s defense time to prepare and take the soccer ball away.
Understanding how to control the ball using first touch drills will eventually create more space for your players. One of the major soccer exercises that any player can do individually is juggling the ball.
Juggling a soccer ball will help improve the balance of players, and coordination with the soccer ball, as they hop on one foot as they maintain balance, and control the soccer ball in the air using juggles.
This exercise will also assist with footwork, due to the ball and foot coordination needed to juggle the soccer ball. Juggling is among the simplest techniques for players to train various skills, and also have fun with the soccer ball.
Just like any other skill in a soccer game, first touch skill is typically developed with repetition, consistency, and playing time as well. Soccer is an exciting game, and even individuals can exercise in the garage, off the wall, or rebound goal, ensuring that you have a good time with the soccer ball and always coming back.
All these soccer drills should be done with two feet and remember to utilize your weaker foot as well when playing soccer.
Pass & Pedal
This first touch drill can be done during practice sessions or out of practice with parents or friends. The players will develop better general touch on the soccer ball, and also learn the positive routine of always racing toward a pass, instead of always waiting for the ball.
Setting up the drill
- You need a soccer ball and two players for this drill.
- Put two cones, backpacks, shoes, or any other form of the marker about one yard or meter apart.
- To get started, the players should position themselves approximately 10 meters away from each other or five meters away from the cones.
- The player with the ball will begin this exercise by making a strong pass on the field through the set cones toward the other player on the opposite side.
- The player getting the ball will sprint towards the soccer ball, and utilize your first touch to throw the soccer ball back via the two cones, and begin backpedaling three to five steps back.
- The player on the other side will race towards the soccer ball to make a pass and then backpedal.
- When the rhythm of these passes become consistent, every pass will create even more distance between the players as they pedal backward after each pass still attempting to keep the passes within the cones.
- If a pass is made out of the channel of the cone or one of the cones is knocked down, the players will begin the exercise over with ten meters of distance between them, passing the ball and pedaling backward on their way back.
This soccer drill will assist in developing the mental segment of the game of the player, with the players having to consider where they should move, and where they would like to pass the soccer ball back.
Use the right method to control the ball, and then pass it back using a different arrangement of cones.
Setting up the drill
- Divide your players into separate groups of two, with one ball.
- Place four cones in one straight line with one meter of space between them.
- The players will then position themselves on every side of the set cones, 10 meters away from these cones.
- The player with the soccer ball will begin this exercise by passing the ball via one pair of the cones, utilizing the right technique, ankle locked, toes up, big pass on the playing ground.
- The player receiving the ball is not supposed to pass the soccer ball back via the same arrangement of cones. The player getting the soccer ball will have to take a single touch to the right or left and then pass the soccer ball back using a different arrangement of cones.
- Your players will try and get a rhythm while going back and forth throughout without knocking down the cones or passing via the same cones.
- Control the soccer ball using this first touch to the left, right, into space, and then pass it back using a different arrangement of cones.
- Include more cones into the arrangement to create more passing avenues and make it more interesting and challenging.
- Shorten the distance in between the cones to make this exercise more difficult using small-sized passing channels.
- When training using this drill, ensure that you practice using both feet at all times.
Control & Pass
This drill is pretty simple and can be used as part of your team’s warm-up exercise or your first touch practice drill during training sessions. The players will significantly benefit from this exercise by building the routine of playing basic soccer such as receiving, moving, passing the soccer ball, and moving again.
The players will be improving their touch on the ball, defensively and offensively. This drill will enable the players to gain control of the soccer ball using the first touch effectively, and moving into space, as well as following with another touch that will go via the channel.
Setting up the drill
- You should split your players into teams of two, with one ball per team.
- Place four cones five to ten meters from one other to form a grid for the drill.
- The players will then position themselves outside each edge of the square.
- The player with the ball will begin this activity by making a touch pass via the center of the arranged cones to their colleagues on the adjacent side of the grid.
- The pass must be made utilizing the right passing method, eyes on the ball, ankle locked, toes up, strong contact on the soccer ball.
- The player getting the ball will utilize first touch technique to control the ball to the right or left side while ensuring that the touch control takes the ball outside the cones.
- The player will then follow up with another touch pass toward the other player and in a diagonal direction via the cones.
- The player will maintain the flow by repeating all the other player had done, and control using the first touch on one side (right or left) and then pass the soccer ball back in a diagonal direction via the cones to the colleagues on the other side.
- When done correctly, this soccer drill should be pretty smooth with players utilizing the touch to control, and the second touch for passing the soccer ball.
This soccer drill will enable the players to improve on their first touch on a soccer ball while moving, or sprinting with the ball. The players will also work on their conditioning, response time and coordination.
Setting up the drill
- The players will split into groups of two with one ball.
- Set the field by marking a single passing avenue which will be one meter wide.
- You should set up one more passing conduit of similar size 15 to 20 meters away, and in a straight line.
- Place one of the cones in the center of the two channels.
- Two players will begin passing the ball via the passing channel, utilizing one-touch pass.
- The players will then jog towards the soccer ball, make a quick pass, and then backpedal. The players should stay on their toes always and use the right method to pass the ball, toes up, ankle locked and body over the soccer ball.
- On the 5th or the 10th pass, the person with the soccer ball in their possession will begin dribbling the ball with many touches towards the second passing channel.
- The player without the soccer ball will run to the center cone, back to the beginning cone, and then proceed to the other passing conduit.
- At the opposite conduit, the same player sprints with the soccer ball, and the same person without the soccer ball.
- The players will switch their roles after two or four runs with or without the soccer ball.
- Always practice this drill using both feet, Right and Left.
Having a great first touch is usually a crucial skill for every soccer player. When the players take a lot of touches to control the soccer ball or let it get away, the offensive game will eventually collapse, and you will become sitting ducks.
However, with these four distinct soccer drills, all your players will understand how to maneuver the soccer ball off a pass skillfully and significantly improve their flexibility and agility on the field.
They will move quickly through the spaces they have created on the soccer field to set up different plays and also score more goals, such that the opponent will not know what has happened.
To develop a full practice session using these drills, you can combine two or even more with an appropriate warm-up exercise and a small-sided game to end the session.