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Ball Control Soccer Drills are used to improve coordination and touch on the soccer ball.

Players need to learn how to be comfortable with the ball at their feet, and that is what many soccer drills for youth players aim for, repetitive touches on the ball to improve control.

The main goal for ball control soccer drills is to maximize the number of touches on the soccer ball in any training session for younger players.

I strongly believe in the rule of 10,000 hours to master any skill.

Ten thousand hours of touching the soccer ball, and controlling it with different parts of the foot, changing direction, and being creative, will lead to excellent soccer skills with the soccer ball.

Only practicing 2 – 3 times a week, and playing the game on the weekends, WILL NOT produce players who possess flair, creativity and magic touches on the soccer ball.

Developing the best skills on the ball takes hours and hours of additional practice outside of regular training.

My training sessions with young players include over 1000 touches on the soccer ball, within the hour that they spend with me.

That is more touches in one hour, than many games combined.


"No one has ever drowned in sweat." by Lou Holtz

After the initial first few weeks, players will improve their touch on the ball due to repetition and 1000's contacts in training.

I always encourage players to train at home, on their own, or with friends and family. Some of the ball control soccer drills are timed, while others are done in repetitions and sets.

Improving ball control in soccer will also improve players coordination and agility.

Coordination and agility develop quicker footwork for better and easier control of the soccer ball. Soccer is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world.

It requires stamina to withstand different running speeds, change of direction, and controlling the soccer ball through dribbling, passing, shooting, etc.

Young soccer players develop different soccer skills through constant repetition through various soccer drills, and guidance in developing positive habits and technique. 

In soccer, players continuously move around the field, supporting attack and defense.

When we get tired, our muscles absorb all the oxygen we breathe in, making us lose focus and concentration on the ball, which leads to missing shots or losing possession of the ball.

Tiredness ultimately leads to a loss of confidence and lousy decision choices in the game.

To avoid getting tired quickly, improve your soccer conditioning through different soccer conditioning drills.

Running is torture for many players, but the will to compete, and learning how to enjoy running, is how great players develop. 

Soccer is a game where consistency wins. Consistent training, paired with different soccer drills, will improve players soccer skills over time.

Professional soccer players worked hard to get where they are and continue to work even harder to stay at the top of their game.

They go through different training routines for various parts of the soccer game.

Professionals train 2 - 3 times daily, and play 1 or 2 games weekly.

Being a match fit player takes sweat, hard work, and, most importantly, DEDICATION.

Ball Control Soccer Drills

Here is a 15 min workout with the soccer ball to get those touches improving.

Juggling should be a daily exercise, or the start of this 15-minute ball control training session.

Focus on the technique in the beginning and not speed.

Juggling is one of the most basic ball control soccer drills to develop skills and familiarity with the soccer ball. 

Ball Control Soccer Drills
  • Inside / Outside Touches - Right Foot;

Control the soccer ball in a Zig-Zag motion across the body for 60 - 90 sec. NO STOPPING!

  • Inside / Outside Touches - Left Foot;

Control the soccer ball in a Zig-Zag motion across the body for 60 - 90 sec. NO STOPPING!

  • Inside / Outside Touches - Alternating Feet;

Control the soccer ball in a Zig-Zag motion across the body using the inside and outside of both feet for 60 - 90 sec. NO STOPPING!

  • Gates

Control the soccer ball using the inside of both feet. Keep the soccer ball square with your shoulders and make contact with the soccer ball using the inside of the feet.   

  • Roll Across Body, Inside Opposite Foot Control

Roll the ball with the right foot across your body, and control the ball with the inside of the (opposite) left foot. Roll the ball with the left foot, and control it with the inside of the right foot. Find a rhythm and continue for a set time.

  • Pull Back Inside

Use the sole to pull the soccer ball back, and then kick it out with the inside of the same foot. Continue with the same foot, or alternate feet. It is crucial to lock your ankle and point the toes up when kicking the ball out.

  • Express with the Soccer Ball

Dribble the ball with the freedom to experiment and try different skills with the ball. Keep the pace up to maximize touches and creativity with the soccer ball.



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8 Soccer Drills with the Ball

Eight Soccer Drills with the Ball from my training session with young boys different ages and various skill levels with the soccer ball. Watch the soccer training video and read about each drill... CLICK HERE

Ball Control Drills with Agility Ladder and Cones

Soccer drills using the agility ladder and cones to get touches and work on agility, speed, and coordination. Watch the training video and read about this soccer drill... CLICK HERE 

Ball Control Drills with Cones

Ball control soccer drills with cones to maximize touches with the soccer ball... CLICK HERE

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Ball Control with Cones 2

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Simple Ball Control with Cones

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Ball Control with Cones 3

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