Players receive a more difficult pass in the air from their partner which they simply control and pass back.


Aim: To improve control and 1st touch

Suitable for: U9’s and upwards

Equipment: Marked area, 1 ball between 2 players

Organisation:  Players set up as shown in the video and diagram. Emphasis on controlling the ball, players on their toes calling for the ball. The player on the left can deliver the ball at any speed and any height. The player on the right backs off and comes to meet the ball returning it to the other player.


  • Increase tempo
  • Limit touches to 2
  • Increase distance between players

Coaching Points

  • Quality of 1st touch
  • Body shape
  • First touch out of feet ready to return pass
  • Decision making regarding how to control, inside / outside of foot, knee, chest, thigh.