Like the first save that is made, the ability to have a good first touch when a back pass is provided breeds confidence to both the goalkeeper and the team. Like a poor first save, a poor first touch and resulting consequences can give the opposition a boost in moral as they see that the goalkeeper they are playing against is susceptible to mistakes.
This was recently the case for one of my old students, Lee Butcher, who’s poor first touch resulted in a scramble to collect the ball in the first 10 minutes….. needless to say the opposition chased down every back pass there after, making the game difficault for Lee. See video here.
You will see from the video that in all honesty, the touch was not too bad. He got in line with the ball, his touch went forward….. but it was slightly too heavy considering the player charging in.
More recently, Houston Dynamo goalkeeper, Tyler Deric suffered from a poor first touch that resulted in the winning goal for new MLS team Orlando. It’s a shame for Tyler, as up until then, he had had a great game.
Here is an example of what could happen if you don’t take a first touch at all.
Some repititions to practice: