Changing Direction With the First Touch

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity is a warm up activity working on changing direction with the first touch.

Start with a 30 x 30 grid (the size isn’t all that important and can be changed depending upon number of players.   Half the group is in there with balls and the other half are without (in the diagram below the yellow players have balls and the black don’t)

The yellow players dribble around and then will make a pass to a black player (for demo purposes, I will only have one player passing at a time).

The passer follows the pass and runs at the receiving player.

The receiving player must take the ball away from the runner with the first touch (away doesn’t necessarily mean in the opposite direction but rather in a direction avoiding the runner)

The player with the ball then does the same thing with another player

It’s important to train the players to keep the ball moving with the first touch and this is an excellent warm up activity to get this concept ingrained in their thought process.

Have a great day!


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