How does a player learn first touch techniques to control the ball out of the air? A player can use the head, chest, thigh or foot to get the ball on the ground. These techniques are vitally important to learn. A player who possesses good touch, is able to make decisions like when to pass, dribble or shoot.
The best players have ball control that looks effortless. They get the soccer ball on the ground quickly, creating time and space. I love seeing a player with really good ball control.
What soccer skills need to be mastered when using first touch to bring the ball out of the air?
Sole trap: Use the sole to trap the soccer ball.
Instep trap: Laces to trap the soccer ball.
Inside foot trap: Inside foot to cushion the soccer ball.
Thigh trap: Using the thigh to cushion the soccer ball
Chest trap: Pop the ball up on the chest and control the soccer ball.
Head trap: A nice touch on the head to control the soccer ball.
The basic soccer ball control skills are paramount to kids becoming confident and successful soccer players.
Why is the sole trap one of the most effective first touches a kid soccer player can learn?
The kids can use the trap to get the ball down on the ground very quickly.
3 tips for the sole of the foot trap...
What are some common mistakes the kids will make when they are learning to develop a good first touch?
The benefits of the sole foot trap are the player can pick their head up quickly after using the sole trap, and make a decision to dribble or pass the soccer ball, which helps the player keep possession of the soccer ball.
Check out this ball control practice for using different parts of the foot.
The instep trap works when?
Great when the ball is dropping straight down...
This is a great skill for a driven ball...
Once again the player does not want the ball caught between the feet, but out in front, so that they can dribble or pass.
Why is the thigh trap such an effective first touch when controlling the soccer ball?
If the soccer ball hits the knee, it will bounce away. This is a good skill for driven balls, or for a ball that is high in the air.
How can the players use the head to bring the ball out of the air with a small touch?
Generally, this skill will apply to a bouncing ball, or a ball in the air. This skill can be taught to your more advanced players that already have a decent first touch.
The players throw the ball to themselves and use the different surfaces to control the soccer ball.
Example: The coach wants the player to master the chest trap to control the ball. The coach will bring the players in and demonstrate the skill.
Game: The coach has half the players in a circle with a ball. The other half are in the middle of the circle...the players in the middle run from player to player on the outside, and receive balls that are served from the hands.
You can coach kids to perform the different skills like sole trap, instep trap, thigh trap, chest trap or headers. Add these skills to your Soccer practice plans.