Improving the first touch is something that every soccer player who is serious about getting better is always working on. There are a lot of different methods out there to improve first touch. Today I’m going to be giving you 3 tips on how to juggle the ball to a good first touch.
Tip Number 1: Focus on the way the ball feels when it comes off your foot. After you have it memorized for the way the ball should feel when it comes off your foot properly, begin to try and replicate that feeling over and over again until it becomes second nature and you no longer have to focus on it.
Tip Number 2: Alternate feet. So instead of just keeping the ball up, try to do two touches on your right followed up with two touches on your left and then keep repeating until the ball hits the ground. You can vary how many touches you have before you switch feet to further make it more difficult on yourself.
Tip Number 3: Vary the height that you kick the ball. Once you get in a good rhythm of juggling, begin to alternate how high you kick the ball. When the ball comes back down after you kicked it up high try to bring it right back into your juggling pattern. A good one that I try and do is 3 low kicks, followed by 1 high one above my head and then just repeat until I lose control.
Finally, there is one secret tip that can help you and that is PRACTICE. Everyday you should be out juggling for at least 10 minutes if you want to see improvement! If you are committed and stay at it then you will definitely reap the rewards of an improved first touch.