Improve soccer performance, confidence on the ball and increase overall skill

The Ball Really Works!

We get great feedback on the Futebol. We view it as a tool for developing ball skills: refining touch and increasing confidence on the ball. Those that are familiar find it a valuable tool.

Nate Bourdeau attended at Rutgers University on a full athletic scholarship and currently will be entering his 3rd season as a professional indoor player in the MISL and now the MASL (leagues merged). “My father actually discovered the Brasilian Futebol when I was very young, I’d say 10 or 11 years old and had my brother and I using them everyday. I still to this day use mine every single day when I train. They are amazing for your touch and ball control.”

James Riley is a fan of the Brasilian Futebol. Riley played his college soccer at Wake Forest University and from there moved into the professional ranks currently with the LA Galaxy.  Riley became familiar with the Futebol at Wake Forest where they train with the ball.

Use is constently in your training sessions and you will see the difference over time.

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Soccer skills; juggling – set a goal

Juggling Program Two: http://www.brasilianfutebol.com/juggling-program

The goal is to accomplish 300 juggles without a miss.

Keep track of how many attempts it takes to reach 300 touches. For starters allow a bounce between touches. As progress is made allow less bounces between touches with the goal of juggling without a bounce. Keep track of  how many times you can juggle the ball with just one bounce or no bounces between touches.  This can be difficult on grass as bounces are dulled or muted. 

Accumulate touches with each attempt and keep track of how many attempts it takes to reach 300 touches. Example; 1st attempt you reach 11 touches; 2nd time you reach 15; 3rd time 9; 4th attempt you juggle 25. In four attempts you have 60 touches. At this rate it will take 20 attempts to reach 300. Keep track of your progress. As you get better it should take less attempts to reach 300 touches. Ultimate goal is 300 in one attempt wit out the ball touching the gound.

Work toward milestones. 1st milestone; Reach three hundred in 1 attempt with out the ball dying. 2nd milestone; 300 touches in one attempt with 1 bounce or less in between touches. Finally; 300 touches in first attempt with no bounces.

IT CAN BE DONE!

 *Curl your toes down in your shoe (like trying to grab the grass with your toes) when making contact with the ball.
*Lock your ankle when making contact with the ball, the top of your foot, the contact point, should be parallel to the ground. This will reasonably ensure that the ball goes straight up.
*Alternating feet with each kick is not always possible, but it should be emphasized in order to develop your weak foot, proper balance and coordination. *Try not to put too much backspin on the ball. This will cause you to constantly crowd yourself with the ball and develop bad habits.

Small Ball Training: Accelerating skill development

The Brasilian Futebol offers 2 sizes, the Futebol (#10) and the Bambino (#8). The Futebol is a bit smaller than a size 3 soccerball, 6 inches in diameter, but is well weighted to better approximate the touch and feel of a reg 5 soccer ball. The Bambino is smaller than the Futebol, 5 inches in diameter or about the size of a softball or grapefruit, and has a nice weight to it as well. Both have a lively bounce to them which requires players to develop a soft touch while focusing on and having to deal with a smaller ball.

We like starting with the Futebol for a warm-up, spending 10-20 minutes juggling individually or in small groups or 2 or 3. Then switch to the Bambino for 10 or 15 minutes. While the Bambino is only an inch smaller in diameter there is a world of difference. The challenge to track, control and manipulate this ball effectively refines focus, touch and coordination. After playing with the Bambino for a while all of the sudden the Futebol seems easy. We sometimes throw in the mini, which is about the size of a handball, and work our way down the ladder and back up. Once you have become comfortable and adept at playing with these smaller balls the Reg 5 game ball seems easy.

Try incorporating the Futebol into practice sessions. Great for technical training, small games (3 v3, 4 v4, 5 v5), juggling etc..

It’s All about Skill!

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Small Ball Training; 3 Minute Fitness

The Brasilian Futebol - Soccer Training Tool Small Ball Training; 3 Minute Fitness

2 players, 3 futebols;  or 3 players, 4 futebols. (brasilianfutebol.com)

Object – 2 players attempt to juggle 3 futebols at the same time. This may not be considered juggling in the true sense, but the idea is to keep the futebols in the air and alive. Allowing the ball to bounce is essential.  The excersise turns into a mad scramble and a serious fitness drill with some serious laughs.  Try to do this for 2 to 3 minutes.

Tips –  Pick a target on the pitch or field to play futebols to ( X marks the spot). Allow futebols to bounce, in fact playing for the bounce is the key as it buys time allowing players to chase down stray futebol(s) and return them to the target.  The target give players something to focus on as trying to pass three futebols to each other in the air is impossible. (if you can do it please send us a video!)

Players will be actively and continuously chasing down one futebol, working  to control it with 1 to 2 touches and play it back to the target, then immediately look for another  futebol that has been played to the target by the other player and repeat. Ideally futebols should be passed back to the target with a higher trajectory allowing futebols to bounce several times while limiting the distance that then may bounce away from the target. The gGoal is to keep the futebols moving or alive.

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Small Ball Training: Accelerating skill development

Small Ball Training: Accelerating skill development  

The Brasilian Futebol offers 2 sizes, the Futebol (#10) and the Bambino (#8). The Futebol is a bit smaller than a size 3 soccer ball, 6 inches in diameter, but is well weighted to better approximate the touch and feel of a reg 5 soccer ball. The Bambino is smaller than the Futebol, 5 inches in diameter or about the size of a softball or grapefruit, and has a nice weight to it as well. Both have a lively bounce to them which requires players to develop a soft touch while focusing on and having to deal with a smaller ball.

Start with the Futebol for a warm-up, spending 10-20 minutes juggling individually or in small groups or 2 or 3. http://www.brasilianfutebol.com/juggling-program. Then switch to the Bambino for 10 or 15 minutes. While the Bambino is only an inch smaller in diameter it requires considerably more focus and effort (mechanics, technique, dexterity) to track, control and manipulate this ball effectively. After playing with the Bambino switch back to the futebol and train with it for another 15-20 minutes. The Futebol will seem easy. We sometimes throw in the mini, which is about the size of a handball, and work our way down the ladder and back up. Once you have become comfortable and adept at playing with these smaller balls the Reg 5 game ball seems effortless.

Try incorporating the Futebol into practice sessions. Great for technical training, small games (3 v3, 4 v4, 5 v5), juggling etc.. The Brasilian Futebol - Soccer Training Tool

Soccer Training; a fun way to run

Marbles

Great game for fitness and working on passing accuracy and technique.

1v1, both players must have a ball and a big field to play on, preferably a full soccer field. Players start side by side. The object is to hit your opponent’s ball with your own ball.

Player 1 (P1) rolls the ball into play, approximately 15 to 20 yards away. Player 2 (P2) tries to hit player 1’s ball using proper passing skills.* Once P2’s ball passes or as ball two passes ball 1, P1 can then attempt to hit P2′s ball. Repeat. A hit of the other players ball scores a point. Play games to 10.

It is a great running and passing game as players can gain an advantage by running to their ball so they are in position to attempt the to hit the other players ball as it passes by (if it misses) and or before it gets too far away.

Players work on hitting a moving target, gauging the path of the moving ball and trying to lead it into space just like leading a runner into open space. Passers must use proper pace to hit target and must make accurate passes which requires good technique.

*Proper passing skills include in inside of the foot pass, instep drive, outside of the foot pass.

Advanced Marbles: Players can only score by hitting a moving ball. Requires more running and more skillful passing. If a players ball comes to a stop it is proper to give a 10 to 15 yd push to give the opposing player a chance to score.

Soccer tactics: Switching field of play

A drill for switching fields or point of attack.

Set-up;  3 even teams with 3 different colors; Red, white and blue;  (5 v 5 v 5) or (6 v 6 v 6) or (7 v 7 v 7), doesn’t matter.

Build 3 grids side by side; 60 yds wide x 20 yds deep (can be larger or smaller depending on number of players and skill level). Essentially a 60 yd x 60 yd field divided into 3 grids. If width runs East-West, play will be across the three grids North-South. Call them grid 1 and 2 with a neutral zone in the middle.

The game is keep away or possession. Play starts in grids 1 or 2. Team Red in grid 1, plays a long ball to switch the ball from grid 1 to Team White in grid 2. White team receives ball in grid 2 and plays possession until it can play ball back to grid 1. Blue team plays defense with restrictions* (see restrictions below).   The object is to possess and switch the ball from the grid 1 to the grid 2 and back. Offensive players can only play in the offensive grids.  Offensive players have a two-touch restriction.

*Defenders start in the center grid and can enter the grid where the ball is being played with 4 players (if you have t on each team) once the ball enters the grid. The other 3 defenders stay in the neutral zone (the center grid). Defenders remaining in the neutral zone should track play and try to intercept balls played from grid 1 to grid 2.  If defenders steal the ball and can play it to a teammate in the neutral zone then they switch to offense immediatly and the team that turned it over transitions to defense immediately. If defenders fail to steal the ball and the offense is able to switch play successfully then defenders must leave the grid and send 4 players into the other offensive grid – in other words you are always playing 7 v 4 (6v3, 5v3 – offense always has numbers advantage) in the offensive grids with 3 in the neutral zone and when the ball transitions from grid 1 to grid 2 (or visa versa) then all defenders must leave the zone that does not have a ball and one of the defenders chasing must make an effort to get to the far grid – long run!

Great game for possession and switching field of play. Players work on long balls, first touch, playing to vision, supporting the ball. Great game for fitness too as defenders chase. The key concepts for defenders is 1) coordinate to trap offense in their respective grid,  2) troll the neutral zone looking to intercept balls, very much like clogging ally’s and channels in a real game,  3) work hard to get the most defenders into the grid in play.

Transistion is key to this game. Reacting quickly to transition from O to D and chase may win the ball back quickly. Transitioning from D to O, finding an open man and then organizing quickly will get that team out of the relentless chase and playing O.

This is a complicated game. It may take several sessions for players to grasp it. From my experience players love it once they figure it out. Take time to explain it and then stop it often to make coaching points. I had to spend time actively organizing them at first and then it became about the coaching points during play.

New Years Resolution

Soccer Training Ball SizeI will become a better Juggler

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I will become a more adept ball handler

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I will take my game to the next level

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Brasilian Futebol: Small Ball Training

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