Skilled Circle Drill - Volley & Touch

STEP-BY-STEP

  • Setup 1 cone for every 2 players in a circle formation
  • Setup 1 cone for every 2 players in the middle of the circle
  • Each group of 2 players needs 1 ball
  • Each player will execute the following:
    • right knee volley to self, then throw to partner
    • left knee volley to self, then throw to partner
    • right foot volley to self, volley pass to partner
    • left foot volley to self, volley pass to partner
    • alternate feet volleying, then bicycle kick pass to partner

DRILL VARIATIONS

  • speed up the drill and have players go at maximum speed

DRILL CONFIGURATION

Skilled Circle Drill Volley and Touch Diagram

Hi I’m Chai Nakpiban and today we’ll be exploring the Skilled Circle Drill- Volley and Touch. This drill will help your players develop their touch, volleying skills, and throw-ins. To setup this drill, you’ll need 1 cone for every 2 players setup in a circle formation about 15 yards wide.Each pair of partners will need One ball. And in the middle of the circle, you’ll need 1 cone for every two players as each pair will be using a middle cone as part of the drill.

The drill begins with each player holding the ball with their hands. They should then give it a light toss and use their right knee only to juggle the ball back to their hands and catch it. They should repeat this until they get to the middle and then in soccer throw-in style, throw the ball back to their partner. A soccer throw-in means that you must keep both feet on hands and then with the ball behind your head, throw it in to your partner.Do this a couple times for each player.Next, do the same thing using your left knee.

Next, players should toss the ball to their right foot and try to volley it back and catch it. When they get to the middle, they should then toss it up again and make a volley pass to their partner on the outside of the circle. This might be tricky at first for the younger players and balls might be going all over the place, which is fine and that’s actually expected. And next, do the same thing using only your left foot. As you can see in our video, nobody is left footed and expect the ball to go in all kinds of unexpected directions -especially with younger players.

And finally, for the ultimate challenge in this drill, players should alternate feet volleying to the middle of the circle and then, while facing away from their partner, kick the ball over their head to their partners. Again, expect the ball to go in all kinds of directions but it’s a great challenge and drill for players to work on their touch and volleying skills.