The players team up in threes. Focus is on the push pass along with the good first ball touch. The ball is received with an active first touch and then returned using a hard pass with the opposite foot. A key focus area for the players in their efforts to improve the important first touch is good skills in passes.
The coach demonstrates the exercise and instructs the players in the focus areas of the exercise. A push pass is well done when: - The player is in good balance - The supporting leg is in the right place - The joint of the kicking foot is locked - The ball is hit at the "equator" - the centre of the ball - Eyes are on the ball just before the push pass is done The good first touch is well done when: - The player is in good balance (low centre of gravity) - The first touch is made with the instep of the foot - The player with the active first touch angles it 45 degrees to the opposite foot, which is then used for the following pass The players work with a distance of 3-4 metres (10ft - 15ft) on each side of the goal. Time: 8 - 10 minutes. The players do the exercise in 3 sets of 1 minute including 1 minute's break. During the break, the players are coached on the focus areas.
3 balls and 6 half-cones