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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.

Brasilian Futebol: Small Ball Training

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Developing Ball skills by Juggling

Juggling is an excellent way to deveop skills for soccer. The repetition of touching the ball to control and keep it within reach is a great way to develop touch and get a feel for manipulating the ball. Juggling, or touching the ball again and again and again, helps to develop a feel for the ball that will build confidence while increasing focus and dexterity. The various angles and body positions required to make the ball do what it is you want it to do translates nicely into game play. Juggling helps develope the ability to strike the ball properly and consistently and helps players develope eye/foot coordination which is essential for recieving and controling or striking a soccer ball.

It is not as simple as just learning how to juggle. In other words, it’s not how many times you can juggle a ball without it touching the ground, it’s what you do with those touches that count. The point of learning how to juggle is to make the ball do what you want it to do. Master the ball.

Using a smaller ball like the Brasilian Futebol or even a tennis ball can accelerate progress and sharpen eye-foot coordination as well as develop balance, agility, quick feet and touch. Becoming an accomplished juggler with a small ball will make it easier to control and manipulate a regulation game ball.

If you are just learning here is a good place to start:

http://www.brasilianfutebol.com/juggling-program

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Training Solo III

Training Solo:

Training Solo: earlier in the week we introduced marbles, see below. Yesterday we expanded to chipping and dribbling. Today is about driving a ball. We encouarge you to google some videos to see proper technique and mechanics.

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There is not always someone to train with and there is not always a team training or a game. This does not mean you can’t train. In fact training solo offers the opportunity for more touches, uninterrupted focus and serious fitness while you compete against yourself.

Three quick ideas:

1) Marbles. This requires two soccer balls. Ideally this is played on a large field; a soccer pitch or a baseball outfield. Assign one ball to the left foot, the other to the right foot. Push one ball 20 yards and try to hit it with the other ball. Jog or run to the first ball and strike/pass it to try to hit the second ball. Play games to 10, left foot vs right foot. Hit the balls with pace so if they miss they travel a good 10 to 20 yards past the target ball. Turn this into a workout by only allowing points scored by hitting a moving ball. This means you will be sprinting from ball to ball in an effort to reach the cue ball before the target ball stops. Work on striking balls with inside of the foot, laces and outside of the foot. Work on bending balls – both inside and outside of the foot, driven balls, chips and good clean grasscutters.

Always use proper technique to achieve a high level of accuracy.

Great workout. Lots of touches. Works on passing skills that will help you play to feet, lead players into space and on proper pace and weight of passes.

2) Chipping. Try this: find or buy a garbage can (a clean one preferably for obvious reasons) and place it in the middle of the field. Try to chip the ball into the can from 10, 20, 30, 40 50 yards. Work on perfect form and technique. Try to develop perfect backspin on the ball as well so the ball drops nicely and does not roll far from target. Work on exaggerated height and exaggerated backspin, this will improve your mechanics and technique.

The more balls you have to work with the better as you will get more attempts with less running. You will find that hitting the ball from where they lay works great as you will get to attempt chips from different distances and different angles as well as different perspectives.

Great stuff!

3) Work the cones. Navigating through cones with a ball at your feet is a wonderful way to develop ball control. Set the cones up in a straight line and weave through them or stagger them so you work more of a zig zag. Or set up two cones and execute figure eights and/or build a box and design your own race course. Placing the cones at different distances will work on different aspects of control. Closer cones require tighter control. Cones further apart allow for more speed. Vary the distances to work on all aspects of control.

a) Work on keeping the ball close with your head up. Time yourself to track progress. Ideally the more control you have the faster you can move through the cones. It is also a great way to work on fitness.

b) Try approaching the cones with a 20 yard start to build up speed so when you reach the cones on a sprint you are forced to control the ball at full speed.

Cones offer a great work out and it will not take long to develop ball control and increase fitness.

 

 

1)      Strike a driven ball and try to hit the corner of the goal where the crossbar and upright meet.  Once again it is ideal to have a bag of balls. Set up around the D at the top of the 18 and work on driving the ball in an effort to hit the target. Work on striking with laces, inside of the foot to bend the ball and outside of the foot to bend it the other way.

 http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-properly-strike-a-soccer-ball/

The approach is the same for laces, inside and outside of the foot strikes. The plant foot will vary slightly. Where you plant your foot in proximity to the ball will determine the trajectory of the ball. Placing the plant foot next to the ball will keep it low. Placing the plant foot behind the ball will send it higher. From there it is all geometry.

Yes, lots of running to chase down the balls that go behind the goal. Use this aspect for fitness and then work on your chipping skill again to place the balls inside the D.

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Training Solo II

Mike Mitchell delivers soccer balls to kids in Niger

Mike Mitchell delivers soccer balls to kids in Niger

Training Solo: yesterday we intriduced marbles, see below. today we expand to chipping and dribbling.

There is not always someone to train with and there is not always a team training or a game. This does not mean you can’t train. In fact training solo offers the opportunity for more touches, uninterupted focus and serious fitness while you compete against yourself.

Three quick ideas:

1) Marbles. This requires two soccer balls. Ideally this is played on a large field; a soccer pitch or a baseball outfield. Assign one ball to the left foot, the other to the right foot. Push one ball 20 yards and try to hit it with the other ball. Jog or run to the first ball and strike/pass it to try to hit the second ball. Play games to 10, left foot vs right foot. Hit the balls with pace so if they miss they travel a good 10 to 20 yards past the target ball. Turn this into a workout by only allowing points scored by hitting a moving ball.  This means you will be sprinting from ball to ball in an effort to reach the cue ball before the target ball stops. Work on striking balls with inside of the foot, laces and outside of the foot. Work on bending balls – both inside and outside of the foot, driven balls, chips and good clean grasscutters.

Always use proper technique to achieve a high level of accuracy.

Great workout. Lots of touches. Works on passing skills that will help you play to feet, lead players into space and on proper pace and weight of passes.

2) Chipping. Try this: find or buy a garbage can (a clean one preferably for obvious reasons) and place it in the middle of the field. Try to chip the ball into the can from 10, 20, 30, 40 50 yards. Work on perfect form and technique. Try to develop perfect backspin on the ball as well so the ball drops nicely and does not roll far from target. Work on exaggerated height and exaggerated backspin, this will improve your mecjhanics and technique.

The more balls you have to work with the better as you will get more attempts with less running. You will find that hitting the ball from where they lay works great as you will get to attempt chips from different distances and different angles as well as different perspectives.

Great stuff!

3) Work the cones. Navigating through cones with a ball at your feet is a wonderful way to develop ball control. Set the cones up in a straight line and weave through them or stagger them so you work more of a zig zag. Or set up two cones and execute figure eights and/or build a box and design your own race course. Placing the cones at different distances will work on different aspects of control. Closer cones require tighter control. Cones further apart allow for more speed. Vary the distances to work on all aspects of control.

a) Work on keeping the ball close with your head up. Time yourself to track progress. Ideally the more control you have the faster you can move through the cones. It is also a great way to work on fitness.

b) Try approaching the cones with a 20 yard start to build up speed so when you reach the cones on a sprint  you are forced to control the ball at full speed.

Cones offer a great work out and it will not take long to develop  ball control and increase fitness.

 

Training Solo

There is not always someone to train with and there is not always a team training or a game. This does not mean you can’t train. In fact training solo can mean you can get more touches, have more focus and compete against yourself.

Two quick ideas:

1) Marbles. This requires two soccer balls. Ideally this is played on a large field, a soccer pitch or a baseball outfield. Assign one ball to the left foot, the other to the right foot. Push one ball 20 yards and try to hit it with the other ball. Jog or run to the first ball and use it to try to hit the second ball. Play games to 10, left foot vs right foot. Hit the balls with pace so if they miss they travel a good 10 to 20 yards past the target ball. Turn this into a workout by only allowing points scored by hitting a moving ball. Work on striking with inside of the foot, laces and outside of the foot. work on bending balls – both inside and outside of the foot, driven balls, chips and good clean grasscutters.

Use proper technique to achieve a new level of accuracy.

Great workout. Lots of touches. Works on passing skills that will help you play to feet, lead players into space and on proper pace and weight of pass.

 

Small Ball Training: The Gauntlet

 

 The Gauntlet

A very simple and effective drill.  I don’t see it being used much. We like it because it keeps the players active and thinking while working on skills.

Divide your players into three even groups, call them  A, B & C – 6 per group or whatever you have. If one group has 1 less  player or one group has 1 more, no worries, it will get sorted out as they organize themselves.

Form 2 lines running parallel. Group A forms one line Group B forms the other. Players in line should space themselves 15 yards apart. The 2 lines should have 20 yards of distance between them.  Use cones to designate spots for players forming the lines. Ideally the players/cones should form a zig zag if you look at it from above.

x)            B1                           B2                           B3                           B4                           B5                           B6

 

A1                           A2                           A3                           A4                           A5                           A6

Phase 1) a) Players working at the cones have balls ready to feed the runners. Group C (the runners) starts at x. The first player (C1) runs (or shows) to A1 to receive a pass. C1 traps and passes back to A1 then shows (a short sprint) to B1, trap & pass back to B1, show to A2, trap & pass, show to B2…repeat process though the gauntlet and return to x. C2 follows C1, C3 follows C2 etc. Run the gauntlet two or three times and have Group C switch with Group A. Then Group A switches with Group B till all have run the gauntlet. Phase 1a is a two touch drill, part of the foundation and building blocks.

Phase 1) b) Same set up, players at the cones have balls, runners run the gauntlet, but this time the runners are playing 1 touch passes back to players/cones.

Phase 1)c) Same set up, players at the cones have balls, but this time they are serving the runners balls in the air using their hands. Runners will 1)c)1) trap and pass back to the server, 1)c)2) first time pass back to the server. This is a higher level exercise, great for building confidence and skill. Servers have to work hard to get the ball to the runner (there will be allot of missed passes at first so the server will be chasing). The obvious progression is thigh trap & pass, chest trap & pass. Then 1 touch using inside of the foot and moving on to headers.

Phase 2) a) Runners start with the ball (servers do not have a ball and will play passes back to the runner that played them the ball).   Runners will pass the ball to the player/cone and receive the ball back, pass to the next cone etc. The coaching points here are to work on accurate, well paced, well placed passes that are easy to handle. The runner should work on turning the ball with the first touch to set up the second touch as a pass; efficiency! The players at the cone should play a well paced ball to the runner, like a check run pass, while considering the space the runner wants to take.

Phase 2)b) Same set up, runners start with the ball and will work on a creative way to turn the ball as though pressure is on. I often walk right down the middle of the gauntlet coaching while antagonizing and forcing players to pay attention lest I just kick their ball away. Fun for the coach!

Great way to work on check runs, receiving a ball, accurate passing on the run, turning the ball and even a little bit of fitness. Love this drill

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.

The Brasilian Futebol - Soccer Training Tool

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.