Age Group: 4 — 7 years
Ball Size: 3 or 4

The Toe Taps drill aims to improve coordination, balance, and ball control in young soccer players. This foundational exercise is ideal for beginners to get comfortable with the ball.


  1. Starting Position: Stand with your feet slightly apart, facing the ball.
  2. Execution: Gently tap the top of the ball with your right foot’s toes, then alternate with the left foot. Ensure each tap is controlled.
  3. Rhythm: Establish a consistent rhythm. Initially, focus on control rather than speed.
  4. Focus: Maintain eye contact with the ball to enhance concentration and coordination.

Repetitions and Sets:
Begin with 20 toe taps and rest briefly. Complete 5 sets initially. As proficiency increases, the number of repetitions and sets can be increased.

Progressing the Challenge:
Once the child is comfortable with the basic movement, encourage them to increase their speed. Use a timer to make it a fun challenge. They can try to beat their own record for the number of taps within a set time limit.

Equipment Needed:

  • A soccer ball (size 3 or 4).
  • A safe, flat area for practice.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure the practice area is clear of obstacles.
  • Sports shoes are recommended for better grip and safety.

Progress Tracking:
Note the improvement in control and rhythm. As the child gains confidence, the taps should become more consistent, and the child should be able to do them quicker.

Fun Tip:
Make a game out of it! Use a timer to see how many toe taps your child can do in 30 seconds, and keep trying to beat their high score.