Soccer Drills for Kids – First Touch with the Side of the Head

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Soccer expert Glenn Alpert demonstrates the soccer drills for First Touch with the side of the head.

    Glenn Alpert

    After playing for many years, Glenn has been involved in all ages and abilities. After many years of commitment to improving his own level of play, he now is able to pass on his knowledge, experience, and passion for soccer to the next generation of players!

    Coaching Experience

    7 years of experience coaching youth of all ages and abilities

    Soccer Federation "B" License, NSCAA "Advanced National" Diploma       

    B.S. of Exercise Science, Salisbury University           Maryland District Coaching Staff, 3 years

    Has coached with: Arlington Travel Soccer Club, Vienna Youth Soccer (VA)

    Southside Youth Soccer (FL), Eastern Shore Sharks (MD)

    Assistant Coach 2005 Greater Washington U-17 Boys JCC Maccabi Games, Minneapolis

    Assistant Strength Coach (Women's soccer), Salisbury University        

    Certified Personal Trainer

    Playing Experience


    Academy, Bradenton

    U-23 Maccabi Carnival, Melbourne Australia, Gold medalist

    Maryland Major Soccer League Div. 1 and 2, Baltimore

    Trained with UMBC (University of Maryland-Baltimore County), NCAA Division 1

    Trained with Salisbury University, NCAA Division 3

    Glenn Alpert: Hi, my name is Glenn Alpert with Arlington Travel Soccer Club. Now, we are going to talk about using the side of our head for the first touch. Actually we want to use probably the corner of our foreheads on the left side and the right side, halfway between your temple and the front of your forehead.

    So, I am going to toss the soccer ball up and I am going to use the outside, the left part of my head for my first touch. Okay, so that is moving left and now we are going to move in right. So, toss the ball up and I am move right. William toss me your soccer ball up in the air, good I would just use the outside of the right side of my head, toss it one more time and now I will just move left.

    William toss it to yourself, move right and then move left on your first touch. Okay, so that's moving and now moving left. Now, Adam I will toss you the soccer ball. First I want you to move left and then move right on the second one. Very good, here come back and now move to the right side.

    Now, his feet again are one foot in front of the other, he is well balanced and he is gotten over the top part of the soccer ball to head it downwards. Next, we are going to put it all together and talk about how we can use first touch soccer training in the game.