Handling Flighted Balls

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

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Handling Flighted Balls Soccer Drill


  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.


  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.

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

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.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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Soccer Drill Titled: Handling Flighted Balls
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Published by: Chris Johnson
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