Passing and Receiving First Touch Drill

The following comes from Don Herlan (Smedley). Much more like this can be found from Smedley on his site at


Player A begins play with a pass thru the gate to Player B. Player B takes his first touch outside the cones and makes a return pass to Player A. Player A turns and passes to Player C, who repeats the pattern. All of the players receive and pass in two touches. Player A uses a variety of turning moves in the center. Players B and C use both the inside and outside of the foot to receive, moving to their right and left during the drill.

passing and receiving first touch drill

Coaching Points:

  1. Technique – Choose your technique (the inside or outside of the foot) as soon as possible.
  2. First touch – Make your first touch forward at a 45 degree angle. Try not to drag the ball square or backwards. Make a positive first touch.
  3. Passing – Look up as soon as you make your first touch and spot the target before passing.


Progression 1 – Make the first touch with the outside of the foot only.
Progression 2 – Use feinting moves before and after receiving.