How to Control Soccer Ball

How to control soccer ball - Introduction

Being able to control the soccer ball and move as you receive it will come with different soccer ball control drills and small sided games during practice.

Young players (U14) should always spend time during practice in small sided games to help them fully develop their ball control skills and also creativity on the field.

These small sided games should be played on a smaller area for example, a 16 yard box or even smaller with 4vs4 or 5vs5 games.

Futsal is a soccer game that greatly develops the player’s ball control skill.

Futsal makes the game be the coach and players learn how to control soccer ball through a lot of touches on the ball.

I don't know how it is in different parts of the United States, here in Utah there aren’t that many futsal places where young players can develop.

Futsal is a game where players will develop their ball control by playing and having many touches on the ball in different game situations.

European or South American legends like Pele, Ibrahimovic, Maradona, Messi, Ronaldinho, Classic Ronaldo and too many others to name grew up playing street soccer and futsal when they were boys.

These games developed their ball control skills, which transformed their game on the big field to another level, eventually making them able to manipulate and control the soccer ball in ways that seem impossible.

Futsal and Street Soccer are top games for youth players wanting to learn how to control soccer ball effectively, get more creative during games, and become a better dribbler and overall soccer player.

In my opinion players can't develop their ball control skills playing big sided games or even indoor soccer, especially at a young age.

Futsal, Street Soccer and Small Sided games are crucial in learning how to control soccer ball with ease and will also develop many other soccer skills like dribbling, passing, shooting, creativity on the field etc...

Juggling the soccer ball is another very important exercise in learning how to better control a soccer ball. 

Try and develop your ball control skills by juggling the soccer ball and using every part of your body except hands to control the ball as you get better at it.

Players with great ball control skills are usually able to juggle the soccer ball using the inside of the foot, outside of the foot, top of the foot (laces), thighs, head and even shoulders and chest for a longer period of time and 100s of juggles.

Controlling the soccer ball means that the player has the ability to control and trap the soccer ball on the ground or in midair without the ball bouncing off and out of control.

Learning how to control soccer ball effectively develops the player’s sense for better timing of shots or passes.

Ball control is connected to everything in soccer, even players running with the soccer ball slowly or at high pace will use ball control to keep the soccer ball at a good distance and in front of him/her.

Players who are able to control the soccer ball are also able to control the pace and the flow of the game.

These players are going to be much more skilled in dribbling, creativity, passing and shooting.

The only way to learn how to control a soccer ball and make it a habit that comes naturally is through thousands and thousands of touches on the soccer ball.

This can be achieved by simply playing Futsal, Street Soccer, Small sided games during practice and juggling the soccer ball as many times as you can on a daily basis.

Players should always be encouraged to use both feet especially when they are young.

Using both feet will develop the player’s weaker foot and make them twice as effective on the field when they get older.

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soccer shooting/attacking drills

  • Soccer Shooting Drills will help players develop their kicks on the soccer ball. There are different kinds of shooting techniques in soccer. Knowing the right way to kick the ball is crucial to firm and precise shooting.
  • Soccer Shooting Tips to learn the proper shooting technique and positive habits for shooting the soccer ball.
  • Fun Soccer Drills using games with attacking drills through crossing, or shooting.

soccer passing drills

  • Soccer Passing Drills are focused on repetitive passing of the ball, while the player uses the right technique in locking his/her ankle, and making firm contact on the ball.
  • Soccer Passing Tips and Technique for passing the soccer ball with pace and accuracy.
  • Four Squares passing soccer drill.
  • Possession Game for improving passing soccer skills.
  • Back Pedal for lots of passes and movement.
  • Small Sided Games to apply in training and help with young soccer players development passing, quick thinking, dribbling, creativity and decision making.
  • Soccer Practice Drills to help players learn how to move the soccer ball wide, and attack from crosses, and wide areas of the field.
  • Soccer Passing and Receiving Drills to help players get more comfortable on the soccer ball. Players will learn to receive the ball, and move after the pass is complete. 

soccer ball control drills

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  • U10 Soccer Training Drills to improve ball handling skills, agility, coordination, and speed.
  • Soccer Drills for Beginner soccer players U8 and U6. These soccer drills can also be adapted to older kids by changing the pace, and adding few skills.
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  • First Touch Soccer Drills to help young players work on their passing, receiving, and moving. Smart players, with great ball control, will use their first touch to get out of tight situations, and surrounding defenders.


  • Agility Ladder Drills, also called Speed Ladder Drills, are very important for soccer players to develop agility, and speed.
  • Soccer Agility Drills are used to improve players balance, footwork, and coordination. Change of direction is frequent throughout the game, so being agile, and able to quickly change direction is really important.
  • Soccer Conditioning Drills will build up the players endurance for the WHOLE game. Players usually frown on these soccer drills, as they push them to exhaustion point; but prepare them for the game. Fit player is twice as valuable for any team in a match.
  • Speed Training Drills will push players to build up their explosive speed, tight cornering, and the ability to speed up, and slow down their pace. These drills will build up the players endurance, and shorten the recovery after sprints.