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Control Soccer Drills 1 (9-11yrs)
Control Drills 2 (12-15yrs)
Control Drills 3 (15-Adlt)
Passing Drills 1 (9-11yrs)
Passing Drills 2 (12-15yrs)
Passing Drills 3 (15-Adult)
Finishing Drills 1 (9-11yrs)
Finishing Drills 2 (12-15yrs)
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Crossing Drills 2 (12-15yrs)
Crossing Drills 3 (15-Adlt)
Defending Drills 1 (9-11yrs)
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Defending Drills 3 (15-Adlt)
Heading Drills 1 (9-11yrs)
Heading Level 2 (12-15yrs)
Heading Level 3 (15-Adlt)
Dribbling Drills (9-11yrs)
Dribbling Drills (15-Adlt)
Dribbling Drills (12-15yrs)
Feints and Moves
Moves Drills (9-11yrs)
Moves Drills (12-15yrs)
Moves Drills 3 (15-Adlt)
Keeping Drills 1 (9-11yrs)
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Below are listed general key coaching points for soccer controlling and receiving technique.  These should be taught alongside the control coaching points listed in the drills and activities:

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Preparation to Receive

  • Get in line with the incoming path of the ball (move feet).
  • On toes and ready to adjust positioning.
  • keep the body generally relaxed.
  • Eyes on the ball with head up.
  • Body position should be open to options.
  • Controlling surface should be placed in the line of flight of the ball in aerial control situations.
  • Assess positions of nearby players (awareness) to determine if a first time pass is to be played or where the first touch needs to be.


Controlling touch

  • Cushion the ball in, taking the pace off it.
  • On contact the controlling surface should be relaxed.
  • Can you receive with an open body position?
  • Does their first touch guide the ball into space so they can protect the ball from any challenging player?
  • Does their first touch enable them to pass or shoot the ball?
  • Bend knees for low centre of gravity.


Control with the Thigh

  • Bend knee to meet the ball, half way up the thigh or higher from the actual knee joint.
  • Arms should be used for additional balance.
  • Thigh (leg) should be withdrawn on impact to cushion the ball.
  • Ball should drop approximately a yard or 2 infront of the player for the next option.
  • Control to the left or right side by having the control touch be slightly off the centre of the thigh.


Control with the Chest

  • Arms should be used to guide in the ball and go back on impact to maintain stability.
  • The back should be arched from the vertical.
  • Receive in the centre or just off centre of the chest to position the ball where you want.
  • Relax the upper body on impact
  • Use the Pectorial muscles to perform angles touches or even passes with the chest.


Control with the Head

  • Cushion the ball in and move the head backwards on impact.
  • Arch the back if necessary and bend the knees to absorb the impact.
  • Control with forehead.
  • If there is no pace on the ball the ball can be cushioned with the head forward.

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