Obviously, the coach can't teach players soccer receiving if the players can't pass the soccer ball with any accuracy or skill.
The beautiful thing about receiving, is it goes right along with passing the soccer ball, so the coach can work on both soccer skills at the same time.
A player can use different parts of the foot and different surfaces like the thigh, chest and head to control the soccer ball.
Once the players have the basic inside foot trap down...the coach can move onto trapping the soccer ball with different surfaces.
Some players are very good at taking their first touch into space which is even better than just killing the pass, but a little harder skill to develop.
A players first touch can make or break whether a player is successful or not. I hear coaches say it all the time. A players first touch is everything.
The players that has a great first touch get the ball under control and get their heads up quickly so they see what is coming.
This allows them to either pass the ball or dribble.
Check out this video to see a demo of a good first touch.
The technique involved in receiving the soccer ball...
Have I mentioned first touch is vital...
In teaching this topic...
Once the player passes the soccer ball to the next player in line - who has to take a touch with the inside of the foot - repeats the exercise.
Developing a good first touch in soccer is knowing which surface the player is going to use, getting the surface prepared and controlling the soccer ball.
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