Ball control challenge

Ball control drill to get players using one-touch and shooting skills

Age group: All ages

Set up

Mark out a short, wide pitch with big (10-yard wide) goals at either end and a halfway line. Divide the players into two teams of 3 or 4. Each team defends a goal


The game starts with each team spread out in their half of the pitch.

The coach stands on the centre line and rolls a football to one of the teams.

Their objective is to score a goal by shooting from within their own half.


No goalies.

Players must stay in their own half of the pitch at all times. Each player on the team must touch the ball at least once before a shot can be taken.

The ball must not be allowed to stop – if it does, possession is passed to the other team.