First Touch is the number one focus for a player's game skill recommended by U.S. Soccer and U.S. Youth Soccer with dedicated practice time by coaches and players.
Paying attention to the first touch will increase the player's ability to maintain possession, improve their speed of play, and allow them to be more successful at the higher levels.
Visualize the contest at the 18 with the perfect first touch pass to the striker and their first touch goal shot. Or the one, two, three of a give and go goal - all with a first touch. Or the defender who doesn't hestiate to move in and make a steal while laying the ball out to their offensive teammate on the run in the open field - all in one motion with a great first touch.