1st Touch” does not refer to the first time playing soccer. But what is “1st Touch” in soccer?

“In soccer, to be in control of the ball is of great importance to every level of player. The ability to control an awkward bouncing ball quickly and effectively gives the player with the ball the immediate advantage. First (1st) touch is often the difference between success and failure in most situations during the match.“

The 1st Touch Soccer Program is a skill development program for players born 2015 to 2008. The Program has been developed by Richmond FC to provide players the opportunity to get extra touches on the ball to further develop their individual soccer skills. The program is open to players of all skill levels and players will be grouped according to ability.

The 1st Touch Soccer Program will have a member of the Richmond FC Professional coaching staff assigned to oversee the program, with additional staff providing support, with the objective to provide the best development environment possible for this group of players at their current stage of their development.

The training model would follow Canada Soccer’s best practice model for this stage of development and be squad based training where players would be divided into groups based on their current ability level, and movement would occur between the groups based on the development needs of each individual player.

The focus of the sessions during the 20 week program, would be on developing individual soccer techniques, providing lots of touches on the ball, with an emphasis on ball manipulation, juggling, 1v1 skills, passing and receiving techniques.

There are no games in the 1st Touch Soccer Program. It is all skill development drills. If you are seeking a game-based playing environment (where your child is placed on a team and there is a team practice and league game), please check out the 2019/2020 Fall-Winter Soccer League. You are welcome to register your child for both programs as the days do not conflict.


All players need proper soccer gear – cleats, shin guards, soccer socks and shorts. Players will receive a dri-fit training jersey that is the player’s to keep and should be worn at all sessions. The cost of this dri-fit jersey is $20. If you have the dri-fit jersey from the 2019 Spring session or 2019 Fall session, you do not need to re-purchase.


The second session of the 1st Touch Soccer Program will run Fridays, January 10, 2020 to March 12. 2020.

Location: Boyd


Session 2  (January 10 to March 12): $175 plus $20 training jersey

***IMPORTANT: If you are not registered with Richmond FC for the 2019/2020 league season (September to March), than YOU MUST PURCHASE the BC Soccer player insurance within the registration ($24).***

Refunds are provided up to the day before the program starts subject to a $50 administration fee. No refunds are provided after the program starts.

Click on the link below. You will be asked to login with your existing Richmond FC account. If you are not a current member of Richmond FC (e.g., played in previous Richmond FC programming) then you will need to set-up and account as a “new user”.