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COACHING SESSION: FIRST-TIME BALL LAYOFF CONTROL PRACTICE
 

1) The ball is hit long to the opposite player.

2) He controls the ball by immediately laying it off to his partner (in the same 1 touch movement). He aims to provide a decent layoff.

3) His partner hits a first-time pass to the opposite player.

4) He controls the ball by immediately laying it off to his partner and the situation is repeated 5 times before the roles are reversed.

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Organisation:

- 2 passing players, 2 players practising layoff ball control then reverse roles.
- Small designated area.

 
Variations:

- Important - vary speed, height and angle of pass to make receiving player use all body parts such as chest, feet and head.
- Vary space between players to increase difficulty
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- Restrict players to using their weaker foot for controlling and passing.
- Try same practice but replace second pass with a shot at goal.
- Click here to see variation 1, variation 2.

 
Tips:

- Through varying the pass, this should tests the player's ability to control with both feet and the different parts of the body.
- Concentrate on good ball control layoff techniques - take the pace off the ball and deflect it into a position where his partner can strike it first-time.
- The server should concentrate on the quality of the pass and keep the practice flowing.

 

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