The coach stands 2 or 3 metres away and throws the ball anywhere between ground and thigh height calling out "eye on the ball" as it is thrown.

 

Lack of control is one of the most common mistakes made at lower levels.

The player contacts the ball with the inside of the foot bringing it back just as the ball hits the foot. The ball should land gently at the players feet. The player then gently and accurately passes the ball directly back to the coach.

Do 10 on the good leg then 10 on the not so good leg. When the player can do 10 perfect controls in a row on each leg they have mastered this lesson. It can then be made more difficult by gradually increasing the distance between the player and coach.