Being involved in any kind of sport can improve both your physical and mental well-being. And when it comes to sports, every Brit under the sun knows that football is king. The teamwork needed to play a game of football can improve your social skills and ignite the leader in you, giving you a confidence boost.
If you have kids, signing them up for football training can be one of the best things you do, not only for their growth and development, but for your relationship with them as well, as it can become a great way to bond over something you both are passionate about. On top of that, being in a competitive environment will teach your kid discipline, respect and other valuable lessons that they can carry on in other areas in life. Plus, your kid will make friends with whom they can share their enthusiasm for football.
What Equipment Do You Need for Football Training?
Given the fact that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, sending your kid to practice may seem like a bad idea. As a responsible, loving parent, what can you do to make sure they indulge in their passion in a safe and responsible way? You can start off by getting them some football training gear that can be used in the backyard.
The most basic, yet essential piece of football training equipment is cones. There are two types of cones used in football practice – traffic and dome marker cones. The former football training gear is a 30cm set of high-visibility cones that can be used for different scenarios. Made from durable plastic, they can bend without getting cracked.
Dome marker cones usually come in sets of 40 and they are often available in different colours. Dome marker cones are used to help players identify specific parts of a training area. Soft and pliable like traffic cones, dome marker cones are also durable and can withstand high-stress situations.
While marking an area on the ground is done with cones, marking individual players is done with bibs. A bib is made from mesh and worn by players of one team so that everyone knows which team they’re on. While different football clubs wear their own specific kits, when it comes to football training, bibs serve the same purpose – making it easy to identify teammates. Bibs also come in different colours to make identifying players easier.
Telescopic boundary poles are high-visibility football training gear used for a specific type of drill or drills. They are stuck in the ground so that players can weave through them. Boundary poles usually come with a height of 1.7 metres and detachable spikes. You’ll typically see four poles in a straight line with some space between them so players can weave in and out.
Speed Ladders & Rings
When performing drills that focus on speed, coordination, and agility, speed rings are the perfect football practice equipment to help players identify certain positions in the drill. Typically, these rings are about 40cm in diameter and are perfect for footwork drills. The same can be said for ladders, which are a more durable alternative to speed rings as they are usually made of metal.
Common Football Training Drills
Cone Twister Drill
The cone twister drill is especially fun for the youth. A cone twister is just like the regular twister game except it uses cones. Since cones come in different colours you can imitate the real game, making for some good stretching exercises.
One-Touch Shooting Drill
Something that is a bit more challenging than just shooting a ball is one-touch shooting. Sometimes you don’t have much time to shoot a ball into the back of the net, and thus, you need to do it as fast as possible. One-touch shooting drills train you for that scenario when a one-touch shot is your only option.
One-Touch Passing Drill
Similar to one-touch shooting, one-touch passing is a drill where multiple players pass the ball around touching it only once. You don’t get to stop the ball and then pass it to someone, so you have to think quickly and be precise with your passing. This drill is great for improving the timing and precision of short passes which are essential in fast-paced, high-pressure matches.
The three-goal drill is essential in helping players react and shoot in a restless situation. This drill involves five or more players in different shooting scenarios. But generally, there are only two different shooting scenarios at a time – one being at a small goal post and the other at a regular size goal post. First, players have a go at the smaller goal post and then at the larger one with other teammates passing them the ball before they take a shot.
The cut-back drill utilises cones to help you improve your agility. This drill requires players to dribble through cones as if they are opposing players. In this drill, you have to use your creativity and speed to weave through the cones as you would weave through boundary poles, but except with cut-backs, you need to dribble past the cones not just pass between. This improves your ability to get out of a situation where there are multiple players in a tight space.