Best U9 Youth Soccer Moves | #4 – 1st Touch



The best thing a developing soccer player can do is develop dominant ball skills needed to master the 1v1 (one verses one) game.

This means getting thousands of touches on the ball to develop deep comfort and control with all parts of the body and feet.  This also means mastering specific skills to keep the ball away from an opponent, move the ball around an opponent, and take the ball away from an opponent.  As a player grows up, dominant ball skills provide the best foundation for developing dominant passing skills.

Younger players can work through each move and skip those which are too difficult.  Older players can work through each move and spend time mastering those which are weak or missing from their game.

Move #4 – 1st Touch 
1ST TOUCH + Dribbling + Moves + Physicality + Ball Control = BALL DOMINANCE

I am a huge fan of dribbling.  But what good is it to be skilled at dribbling if you can never get the ball?  You can’t dribble the ball unless you can first receive the ball. 

The Inside Foot Stationary Touch is the most basic way to receive a soccer ball.  After the ball is sitting nicely on either foot then you can be off to the races using the dribbling skills you will be learning in the next set of moves.  

REMINDER:  Nearly all of the foundational 1st Touch moves will benefit from mastery of the Inside Foot Ground Pass/Kick.  Proper technique for receiving a soccer ball is very similar to proper technique for kicking a ball.  If you are able to strike a ball correctly using the Inside Foot you will quickly be able to learn all of the 1st Touch techniques utilizing the Inside Foot.  If you do not have a level of mastery over the Inside Foot Ground Pass/Kick it will be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to become skilled in 1st Touch.  

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Best U9 Youth Soccer Moves (Link Below)

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