Controlling the Ball - First and Second Touch

  • Organisation

    • 8 red cones

    • 8 blue cones

    • 4-6 balls

    2 groups of players position themselves at the cones left and right of the goal.

    The 2 players at the starting position each have a ball.

  • Process

    Players A pass the ball to players B, who then take a controlled first touch, slightly spin around the cone and pass the ball further up the field to player C.

    Player C takes a clean first touch that sets him up for a short dribbling which eventually leads to a shot on goal, at latest form the marked endline.

    After that, all players rotate one position up the field (A to B, B to C)

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    Scanning the pitch, to know your next move

    • Player C: take a decisive and clean first touch to set up a short dribbling sequence (2nd and 3rd touch). This will help you blow past your opponents.

Training Set

Main point


15 min




Passing, Ball control, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Trapping


Positional passing

Training Organization

Number of Players

6 - 9 players

Form of Training

Group training, Team training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Whole team


2 goalies



Spatial Behavior

Double penalty box

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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