Children should get as many Individual soccer touches as they can in a fun, creative environment outside the concept of a “Team”. The best soccer players today come from countries where they spend their free time playing “street-ball” developing their touch and skills. We provide children with the opportunity to touch the ball each and every day outside the team environment.
In addition to soccer training, we at Own Touch feel Futsal is an integral component of a soccer player's development. This is why we are so excited about the new facility. The Own Touch Futsal Center, in addition to the Own Touch Soccer Center will allow our kids to obtain COMPLETE individual training, available NOWHERE else. They will get technical ball work and small sided games on indoor turf, and ALL of the benefits FUTSAL provides at the same training center!
We create and provide individual development programs that will attract youth to the same style of “street-ball” as in other countries. We combined Futsal with our “Own Touch” Program to enable our youth to develop their soccer touch while at Play.
Just as a gymnast must first learn to do basic fundamentals prior to actually competing in a meet, we believe soccer players must master their “Own Touch” before they can achieve their full potential on the pitch.
Children that OWN THEIR FIRST AND LAST TOUCH both ON THE PITCH AND IN LIFE will be happier, more productive members of a team and the community as a whole.
The most important factors of an individual player’s success:
1. Technical Ability
2. Speed of Play
3. Decision making
4. Work Rate
The following is our simplified definition of each factor:
Technical ability: the ability to control a ball played to at any speed, the ability to play a controllable ball to a teammate, and the ability take a successful shot on goal.
Speed of play: How fast one can control a ball and play it to a teammate or shoot on goal.
Decision Making: Deciding how to control the ball and what to do with it once controlled - trap, pass or shoot.
Work Rate: Getting to the right spot at the right time on the field.
We summarize the above by stating Player’s “MUST” be able to control their first touch well enough to ensure their last touch is successfully passed to their teammate or ends up in the back of the net.
Own your first Touch
The first step of a player controlling their first touch is the ability to juggle a minimum of 100 juggles. Juggling is the foundation for player’s to learn exactly where and how strong to touch the ball with their foot which enables them to keep possession. Juggling is one of the key factors that develops confidence in one’s ability to control the ball which leads to the ability to trap a ball without having to focus solely on the ball.
Own your Last Touch
(Speed and Decision Making)
The ability to control the ball while looking at other players allows one to identify options. Confidence in one’s control allows a player to evaluate multiple pass options or shooting opportunities. The same first touch that allowed one to own the ball and evaluate multiple opportunities, will also allow one to play a controllable ball to a teammate or, better yet, a ball to the back of the net. The better the first touch the faster the next touch will be made; this is one of the key formulas for scoring goals.
Own your first and last touch and you will be more confident and your Work Rate will increase and you will get more opportunities on the pitch
Take responsibility for looking after your body, what you consume and how you train. Players will learn specifically how to train their bodies for the demands of the game - focusing on the fundamental movements of agility, balance, strength, speed and stamina.
As players get older they will learn how their game position can dictate their physical training. Players will also learn how fueling and preparing their bodies off the field will give them the best chance on it!
Developing a winning mentality requires strong character and a positive attitude. The whole environment at Own Touch is positive. Players of all ages have to deal with winning and losing, playing well and making mistakes. We show our players techniques on how to build confidence throughout the different challenges presented in the game.
Own Touch Programs are a great opportunity for children to develop their social skills. Mentees and participants will be encouraged to conduct themselves as an Own Touch player and reach the high standards set by young professional soccer players.