Handling Flighted Balls

Handling Flighted Balls Soccer Drill

Published 11/26/2005 12:00:00 AM
Author: Chris Johnson
Handling Flighted Balls

Drill Objective:

This receiving soccer drill focuses on passing and receiving flighted balls during warm-up.

Drill Setup:

  1. Create a circle with a 20-yard diameter. 
  2. Split players into two groups. 
  3. Group 1 should have a ball each.
  4. Group 1 spreads around the outside the circle, each with a ball in hand. 
  5. Group 2 scatters about inside the circle.

Drill Instructions:

  1. Players inside the circle check away and then move to any player with the ball. 
  2. They settle the ball with the appropriate body part as instructed by the coach, and return the ball on the ground to the player who threw it to them. 
  3. The inside player should then move to another player and repeat. Players should be continually moving to other players. 
  4. Play continues for 1 minute then switch player positions.

Drill Coaching Points:

  • Good first touches
  • Good body position (shoulders facing the thrower)
  • Good passes to feet with the right amount of pace.
  • Encourage hard work.

Drill Variations

  • 1-touch passes on ground.
  • Inside of foot volleys.
  • Instep volleys.
  • Thigh Volleys.
  • Chest Volleys.
  • Headers.

Titled: Handling Flighted Balls
Tagged: Handling Flighted Balls Soccer Drill

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