Player Reflection Tool

Receiving the ball


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This webpage has been especially designed to help you improve your football receiving skills. Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own.

First we will look at some technical homework you can do which will help you improve your receiving skills. Then we will look at "Scanning" and turning with the ball, which will include when to turn and when not to turn. Finally we will consider how we may need to use a different technique in Futsal.


Watch the video below. This gives tips and advice on how to control or receive a ball.

Practice controlling and receiving a ball. Do this with a friend or parent who passes the ball to you. Or pass against a wall, as in the video above. Make sure you practice on both feet, and remember the key points from the video:

  • Watch the ball, and get in line with the ball
  • Look around you to see where the space is, and decide what to do before the ball arrives
  • Move with the ball (don't control the ball and stand still)
  • Practice on both feet, with different parts of the foot including the sole of the foot

In these additional videos on first touch, Mia Hamm and Sam Mewis show some more techniques and practices you can use for receiving the ball. Note how they both practice on both left and right sides:

Scanning and turning with the ball

Checking around you before you receive the ball is called Scanning.

Scanning may be easier if you have a good body position as you will be able to see more of what is around you. A good body position is one which allows you to see the ball but also the important parts of the pitch - where the other players are and where you want to attack. Sometimes, therefore, you may need to be 'side-on' to the ball as you receive the ball, as this will allow you to see what is happening in the spaces behind you.


Watch this video of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi:

How does scanning help these players play better football?

One way of making sure you scan before you receive the ball is to try to see both goals before the ball gets to you. This is a good habit to pick up and it will make you a better footballer as you will be much more aware of what is going on around you.


When to turn & When not to turn

Sometimes you may need to go and meet the ball, or play it back with a one-touch pass if under pressure.


Watch David Silva in this video and answer the questions below:

  • How does Silva know that it is dangerous to turn with the ball?
  • After he has passed the ball back, what kind of movement should he make?

Finally, let us look at how a different technique is needed for receiving the ball in Futsal (as opposed to football). The video below show how we use the sole of the foot to receive the ball in Futsal. Why would we need a different technique in Futsal?


In our final task, we look at futsal sensation Muhammad Syaifullah. Watch how he controls the ball with the first touch using the sole of the foot.

  • What other skills from the previous videos do you see him display?

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