Ball Control – Coaching Soccer Skills
Watch a video on soccer coaching to improve soccer skills: See an interactive, 3D animated drill on coaching soccer skills: There is also a printable coaches chalkboard session, all designed to assist a soccer coach with developing the soccer skills required for effective ball control.
There are also Tour Videos to give soccer coaches a real insight into what a membership of Grassrootscoaching.com offers.
Coaching Soccer Skills for ball control
The techniques and soccer skills required for effective ball control are hugely important for all players to develop and master.
Training sessions that a coach plans and instigates should focus on developing the following key soccer skills for ball control.
Players should be coached in being able to assess the flight and pace of the ball and to move to get in the line of the ball. Look to improve the players’ ability to immediately control and cushion the ball using the most appropriate surface, such as the foot, the thigh, chest and head and decisions on whether to control the ball for themselves or for a team mate. Players should be coached on how to control the ball out of their feet, but in playing distance, away from defenders and into space and on how to protect the ball after the control. After the ball control, the players should focus on the execution of the next action, such as a pass, dribble, run with the ball or shot and coaching sessions should also incorporate team mates understanding of the support requirements after the ball control.
Soccer coaching sessions to develop these key soccer skills for ball control should ensure there are lots of opportunities for the players to be tested with a variety of different paced and height passes, both to the receivers feet and away from their body to encourage their ability to move to get in the line of the ball and assess and react to the pace and direction of the pass – “to make a bad ball a good one”.
Soccer skill tips for ball control
This coaching soccer skills video for ball control will help you coach, understand and structure a soccer skill drill for ball control.
See animated drill
Taken from our members' area of ball control, this is an interactive, 3D animated drill on soccer skills for ball control called "Improve protecting the ball away from the defender"
Coaches chalkboard session
All members have access to our planning and design software called "Coaches Chalkboard" Click on to access a soccer skills session on ball control you can print out and take to training