When learning skills it is important to handle the ball as much as possible. A football is an odd shape and the more familiar you become with the ball, the easier it will be to master the skills. You won’t always have someone to practise with, so these drills can be done before or after training or in your spare time.

1. Lay on your back and using both hands tap or throw the ball from hand to hand. Vary the height and speed of the throws. This is great for hand-eye coordination and learning how to mark effectively.

2. Pass the ball in a figure eight in and out of the legs. This will develop your grip strength, making it easier to mark, handball and guide the ball on to your foot when kicking.