touch out of feet
The touch out of feet control can be tricky to consistently get right. We find the key is a delicate touch out, as if you meet the ball with too much force, the ball will go further away from you and closer to the defender.
Practice with a partner, face them and get them to pass the ball to you. A good way to practice if you don’t have a partner is against a wall or with something to rebound the ball off, like a bench or a fence.
Let’s take you through the steps:
As the ball is travelling towards you, keep your eyes on the
ball, slightly raise your controlling foot off the ground, just enough so the ball doesn’t roll under.
- Position your foot accordingly, so you receive with the inside/outside of your foot.
- Then delicately meet the ball with your foot kept still and the tension in your foot should decrease as you’re controlling.
- Your touch should be just in front of your feet, setting you up for your next move.
You’ll often get passes that aren’t always in line with your controlling foot, so you’ll need to stay on your toes to quickly adjust your body position so it’s back in line with the ball.
- If you need to take pace off the ball, you should slightly pull your controlling leg back, as this will help take pace off and keep it closer to you. Be careful not to bring your leg back too much as this can lead to the ball getting stuck between your feet.
- Aim to position your upper body over the ball and leaning forwards into the control.
- Stay reactive, so even if your touch is a little loose, you can be quick to get to the ball.
- You should practice using the outside of your foot as if the ball is played slightly behind you during a game which happens often, it can help you retrieve the ball.
- Keeping the ball close after the touch out is key as you don’t want the defender to intercept.
- If you want to touch out for a shot, you should be pushing your foot delicately towards the ball, being careful with the amount of force you use as you don’t want the ball going too far away from yourself and into the defender.
You also need to pay attention to where the defender is stood, if they are in front then a touch out to the side will be better, if there’s no defender in front of you then a touch in front of you will be good.