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:
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.
- 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- Thigh (leg) should be withdrawn on impact to cushion the ball.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.