This is an easy drill where a player can use a brother, sister, parent, teammate or friend to work on their touch and control of the soccer ball. Players at every level still use this drill which is very common yet very effective.
One way to help improve control of the soccer ball for a player is by juggling the soccer ball. Juggling helps the player to get a better feel for the ball and creates muscle memory that will translate to the field during a soccer game. Here is a short video for those just starting out with juggling as an introduction to juggling a soccer ball and how to juggle with the feet.
The following videos show some advanced juggling drills that will take ball control to the next level. These are good drills to develop good touch on the ball and allows the player to feel more comfortable with movement with the ball.
This first video shows a more advanced juggling drill that can be done in many ways. The idea is to walk with the ball both forward and backward while juggling the ball strictly with the feet. This helps with coordination, touch, and ball control.
The following videos highlight some foot skill drills that a player can do with the soccer ball in order to have better control maneuvering around defenders and keeping the ball close. One can use a cone, shoe or any object that can simulate a defender so as to practice keeping the ball in control and away from the defender.
The following are 3 videos that highlight common turns that can be used in soccer. There are 6 total that are highlighted in the three videos below and should be mastered to be able to change direction quickly while being away of field at the same time.
This video shows turns using the inside and outside of the foot to change directions quickly. The goal is to cut the soccer ball back to change direction quickly with both the inside and outside of the foot.
This turn is coined from the former Dutch National Team Captain Johan Cruyff (pronounced Kroyff). The idea is to deceive the defender by appearing to either shoot or kick the soccer ball with a lot of force. A defender’s natural instinct is to try and block the pass or the shot and while moving towards the ball to block it, the player with the ball cuts the ball behind the other leg and changes direction.
Naturally when soccer players kick the ball with a lot of force, their opposite arm raises in the air to stabilize the body. Good defenders detect this and try to block the ball especially in and around their goal. If an attacker can keep this in mind, he or she can create the appearance of a shot or hard pass with the real intent of changing directions and letting the defender go by.