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4 Receiving & Passing Tips

Developing a rock solid 1st touch is one key ingredient to the recipe for a good player. Some even say it's the best ingredient that "talented" players possess. The truth is that all players can improve their 1st touch so they can have time to keep possession and create those killer passes!

1. Players should practice good habits by training to receive the ball with each surface of both feet: Inside, Outside, and the Sole are the most common areas used. Don't forget that the Laces, Toe, and Heel certainly have a time and a place to be used too!

It's easy....all players can train alone with a wall and a ball or with another person to practice high quality repetitions of receiving and passing. If you're a coach, have some fun and create a routine for your players and demonstrate the necessary skills so they can Improve their Game.

2. After a player has clean control of the ball, they should have a good idea of their next decision. All good players know "where, when and how" to pass. Watch a youtube clip on the Italian great Andrea Pirlo for a world class example.

3. A few thoughts a player should think: 

A) Should my pass be firm or soft?
B) Is there an opponent on my teammates left side....maybe a pass to my their right foot is best?
C) Does a pass on the ground or in the air improve our chances to keep possession or score?
D) Can I complete the pass with the Inside, Outside or Laces surface of my foot?
E) Do I have space to take another touch to improve my ability to pass or make a better decision?
F) Should I increase my speed of play because there is too much pressure nearby?
G) Is my best option to pass to my teammate farther away or closer to me?
H) Where is the space on the field my team can use to attack the goal?
I) Where on the field is my opponent not organized and compact?
J) Should I pass forwards, side-to-side or backwards based on my opponent's positions?

4. The weight of the pass will dictate the next decision. 

If the pass is played slowly to a player, what does that "tell" the receiving player?
It could mean that the receiving player has time or it could be a potential assist for a shot.
The passing player can set up the receiving player to encourage the next decision.

How can the passing player give the receiving player more time to make a decision?
Pace of the pass and type of pass (ground or air) matters.
Stress the importance of the quality of pass and why the details are important.

Ultimately, the next decision depends on where the opponent is positioned. Attacking/possessing players should be aware of their surroundings by checking their shoulders while constantly surveying the field with their eyes to collect information.

10 Coaching Tips to Deliver a Better Practice

1. Design a written plan before each practice and bring it to the training grounds you can refer and take notes.

2. Set up your field before practice begins. Make sure your practice space is safe by checking field for hazards or goals that should be secured.

3. Encourage competitive play but enforce the rules consistent with a real soccer match.

4. Be enthusiastic, energetic and friendly with your players. Spark joy and passion in your players love for the game.

5. Use players names often and work to develop a personal relationship with each player so they know you care about them.

6. Speak clear and concise when giving instructions so players can hear and get the necessary information needed to learn.

7. Praise publicly and caution privately.

8. Explain the exercise. Demonstrate. Encourage. Make Corrections. Encourage. Repeat.

9. Create matchups so players can experience some success or receive a challenge.

10. Finish with a game. Players love to play so when in doubt, roll a ball out.
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