Soccer Drills for Kids – First Touch with the Thigh

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

    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

    Hi, this is Glenn Alpert with Arlington Travel Soccer Club. Now, we are going to talk about using the center of thigh for first touch. So, one way to do it is toss the soccer ball up cushion it off the thigh, moving forward. Once more we cushion. It is important that I lower my thigh, as the ball comes down I raise to begin with and I lower it, so I could cushion it, so it rolls along the ground. Another way to do it, toss me the soccer ball Adam. As if it is coming from another direction, toss me in the air. As if it is coming in the run of play, moving forward.

    Okay, let's get William to demonstrate, tossing it up to himself, good. Let's try not to get it off the knee, that's one problem that we can run into. So, let's focus on getting it on our thigh. Toss it up good, once more William, off the thigh to yourself. Alright, now I will toss the soccer ball to you Adam and you are going to make a first touch moving forward thigh, ready? Okay, good, see how he keeps the ball low and he cushions it off of his thigh, once more, just hold the soccer ball William. Okay, very good.

    So, that was using the center of the thigh, now we are going to move on to using the inside of the thigh for the first touch.