Reset touches are key to ball mastery… No mater how hard we try, our touch on the ball will often get us into positions that are less than ideal (the ball gets too far in front of us, stuck under our body, on our non-dominant foot, etc.). Great players know how to “reset” the ball back to a position of readiness, which allows them to do the amazing things with the ball. Quite often, the creativity you see from these players is a result of a bad touch that they were able to reset back into a ready to attack position which catches the defender reaching and allows the offensive player to create space. These simple resets are the key to confident control and possession, as they keep the ball away from the defenders foot and allow you to feel confident and in control.
This is the first drill of the 30 day program. Every drill we will do over the next month will build off of the footwork and body control patterns that you learn in this drill. So for most of you it might be very basic, but as you will see over the next few weeks, the drills will begin to chunk basic skills together into explosive combinations and more complex patterns.
Spend 10 minutes working on these “reset” touches today. I usually have our players do each drill for 1 minute and perform 3-4 sets with about 30 seconds to a minute rest between each. At the end of 10 minutes, see if you can perform 10 perfect reps on the right foot and 10 perfect reps on the left foot. Tag us via Twitter or Instagram to show us your progress and look for new drills to add to your arsenal.
Key Coaching Points:
- After the reset, make sure the ball is “glued” to your foot. A perfect rep would be having the ball, stick to the inside of the foot (not rolling forward) with no rotation. The ball should stick like velcro to your foot.
- Stay in an “athletically wide” position with your feet. Notice in the video how the player resets the ball and is in a position from which she can sprint out at any angle. Often times, players get too narrow with the ball at their feet and lose the ability to separate (create space) quickly. You should fee balanced and stable and read for speed, after every reset.
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