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Improving first touch?

Discussion in 'Your Soccer Career' started by Honest Man, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Honest Man

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    Does anyone know of any techniques to improve first touch?

    Recently I have shown great examples of poor first touch which has ruined goal scoring oppurtunities.
     
  2. 1966+2006

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    Try to keep a clear head when the ball comes to you.
    But things that can help improve your first touch are:
    1. Dribble with the ball a lot on your own, just to get a general feel of the ball and make you more confident with the ball at your feet
    2. Kick a ball against a wall and try to control it as it comes back
    3. Get friends to pass to you, or cross a ball to you or whatever and try to control the ball as fast as you can
    4. Always keep your eye on the ball and keep your concentration

    Hope this helps, but really it's all down to practice. If you play regularly then you shouldn't have these problems after a while.
     
  3. Azrael

    Azrael www.jewsforjesus.org Staff Member Moderator

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    You should also consider what you want to do when the ball comes to you. I've lost many balls because I wasn't clear on what I wanted to do. If you're looking to centre the ball, or something like that, you might prefer to simply stop the ball with the soles of your feet, or with the inside of your foot and look for the pass. If you're looking to dribble away from a defender, you might prefer to stop the ball with the outside of your foot, because a. it keeps more of its momentum, and b. it leaves your feet in an easier position to break into a run, or do tricks, than if you stopped it with the inside of your foot.

    As you play more, all this will become instinct. You'll get accostumed to realising what you need to do at each situation. Also, do as said earlier and throw/kick the ball at the wall in different ways and controlling the ball as it comes. I've found the the thigh is the best way (for me) when the ball is in a high drop, and the inside of the foot if it's not. I don't like using my head because it's risky, and normally when I stop it with my chest it either bounces away, or forces me to stay exactly where I am as it drops to the ground, and since I normally run towards the ball, that's not very helpful.
     
  4. monkeyhappy

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    just keep your eyes on the ball all the way onto your foot! simple.

    it also helps to slightly pull your foot away from the ball just before impact if possible to cushion the ball into your path or position, this is only really useful if you want to stop dead with the ball coming towards you but it helps rather than it just bouncing straight off again!
     
  5. Honest Man

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    Thank you.
     
  6. 1966+2006

    1966+2006 nvm

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    No prob ;) , let us know how you get on.
     
  7. Stotty

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    Along with all the tips in here, do keepy uppies with a small ball. It'll drastically improve your touch when you move to a bigger ball.

    I used to be told i had an amazing first touch and control of the ball, and i just used all the techniques in this thread. Alot. Practise makes perfect.
     
      

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