The more we do something, the better and more experienced we become at doing it - especially when we've been guided to do it in the correct way.
The same goes for football. If we want to develop players who are good technically with the ball, we have to provide them with the opportunity to practice, guide them and give them time with the ball in training, as well as match situations.
The more touches on the ball that young players get, the quicker they will improve technically.
So, how do we give players more touches on the ball?
There are many activities you can use in training, warm-ups and match days that can give players plenty of time with a football. Here are a few examples:
Be creative with your sessions and encourage young players to dribble and stay on the ball. Click here to read more about when is the best time to focus on dribbling.
As part of our CPD course 'The New Coach: Managing Your Very First Team', we have created a Technical Guide for coaches at the U7-U8s level.
If you are a coach new to running your own team and would like to learn more about developing young players, creating a philosophy, match day management and dealing with parents, check out our course 'The New Coach: Managing Your Very First Team'...