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Receiving session: a warm-up

Sarah Lowden, FA coach development officer, delivers a warm-up that helps players develop football receiving skills.
Receiving skills: a football warm-up
Receiving skills: a football warm-up

If your players master your activity – or find it too hard – try adding a progression. But remember, learning takes time. So don’t alter your activity too quickly – or too much. Try using the STEP framework (Youth Sports Trust, 2002). This helps keep things fun, engaging and appropriate.    


Before you adjust your practice, here are some questions to think about.   

  • What techniques do your players use? 

  • Do your players keep their eyes on the ball?  

  • Do your players recognise the available space and opportunities?  

  • Do your players know when to shield the ball?  

  • Do you players know when to receive to play forward through the gate?  

  • Do your players pass well? Consider weight, smoothness and accuracy. 

If you use this warm-up with your team, let us know how you get on by posting in the England Football Community.