Receiving & Turning in Soccer Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students how to receive a soccer ball and turn to play correctly with this lesson plan. Students will start off learning the basics of these two moves, then practice with a few drills.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain how to properly receive a soccer ball when passed
  • demonstrate understanding of a proper turn in soccer


1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


  • Soccer balls
  • White board and marker
  • Cones

Key Vocabulary

  • Pass
  • Receive
  • Turn
  • Attack player

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Gather students together and review any concepts you already taught regarding soccer, such as proper methods to kick.
  • Tell students they will be learning how to receive the ball and turn around on the pitch, or field.
  • Now warm students up by doing some stretches and short running drills.


  • Tell students there are two parts to the receiving and turning in soccer.
    • Receive the ball, gaining control
    • Turning the ball and your body
  • Ask a student to demonstrate the first move, receiving the ball, by kicking or tossing the ball to them and having them stop the ball with their foot.
  • Divide students into partner pairs and have them practice receiving the ball. Circulate among the students as they work to ensure understanding.
  • Now show students how to take the ball they receive and turn their bodies along with the ball.
  • Call a student up to volunteer. Toss or kick a ball to them and have them receive, then nudge the ball in the direction they want to go with their foot before turning their whole body and beginning to dribble downfield.
  • Give students time to practice with their partners.

Application Activity One - Pass and Play

  • Have half your students stand outside the field and the other inside. Spread them out and give one ball each to the players on the outside.
  • Instruct players on the outside to kick to the player directly in front of them. This player receives the ball, turns to the right, and passes to the next player on the outside.
  • Continue with this drill for five minutes, then have players on the outside trade places with players on the inside.

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