It is often said that if your first touch is poor then your second touch will be a tackle! Great players have a great first touch. In this practice, and the 4 that accompany it, the objective is to help players develop their first touch in a number of ways using a variety of body parts.
PART 1 THE WARM UP:
OBJECTIVE: To help develop ball familiarity combined with dynamic and static stretching
Players move around random area approximately 30×30.
There are 5 balls (dependent of number of players) and players pass and move freely.
Responding to the commands of the coach, the players undertake various skills before passing to include: – dribbling (variety of skills), turning (variety of turns), wall passes, take-overs, and pressing following the pass.
Interspersed with technical activities players will leave the balls to do various dynamic and static stretches.
PART 2: SHORT & LONG RANGE PASSING
OBJECTIVE: To improve technique of passing over a range of distances
Players in groups of 4 (3’s work as well) in a line over a distance of approx 30 yards
2 are at the end and 2 are in the middle (1 if group of 3)
The practice starts at one end with a long lofted pass to the other end (A1 to A4). A4 cushion controls to central A3 who sets an angled pass for A4 to play back across to A1
A3 & A4 rotate positions
A1 and A2 then repeat the same process.
Work right foot and left foot.
Instead of long-lofted play driven passes below waist height
Challenge the players to do everything one touch
Key coaching points:
Position of non-kicking foot
point of contact – part of foot / ball
Head steady eyes on ball
Into line of flight and selection of controlling surface
Angled set from central player
PART 3: CONTROL TO SHOOT
OBJECTIVE: To improve technique of receiving to shoot on goal
Area is the width of the penalty area with a goal and goalkeeper
A small square is placed centrally just outside the penalty area
The players are split into groups right side and left side.
Play starts with the group by the side of the goal passing to the group out wide. The wide players look to play forward to the central target in the square.
The striking player takes the first out of feet to one side and strikes on goal
All players follow their pass to the next group
Play alternates both sides
Everything is 2 touch
Use both feet
Vary serves for ground and aerial control before shooting
Key coaching points:
Speed and accuracy of pass
First touch – forward into the space
Create space to receive
Techniques associated with striking on goal
PART 4: THE BOUNCE GAME
OBJECTIVE: To improve range of passing and strikes on goal
Area is 40 x 40 with goals and goalkeepers at each end
2 teams play 5v5 on the field and put 2 target players either side of the goal being attacked
To score a goal the ball must be played and set back from the target player for a one-touch finish
Outfield players on maximum 2 touch, target players 1 touch.
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