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Football popularity worldwide is now at its peak. Compared to other sports, football has become an international sport, with billions now investing emotionally in the sport. In major cities worldwide, more than 40% of individuals aged 16 or older say they are somewhat interested in or highly interested in football.

People worldwide are interested in the sport, not only as ardent spectators but also increasingly interested in learning it.

How to learn the game of football?

The football community has a saying that the “game is the instructor.” This idea holds that you can pick up the sport of football just by playing it. While this is mainly true because team-based play and training are the most realistic, it becomes very challenging to hone and pick up technique, which is essential to raising your game’s level and the cornerstone of all football. Hence, there are many tips and tricks a teacher could adopt that can help a player of any level to polish their game techniques.

• Design a practice routine- A football coach should start with a relevant strategy that works for his learners. The plans should primarily have a set warm-up and cool-down exercise in place. Other than that, the practice routine should have some realistic and appropriate practices for the beginning techniques. For example, including offside lines in a 6v6 drill is an excellent approach to instructing young players.

• Work on physical fitness- Aside from the sport’s techniques, the players must work on their physical fitness. Football matches require the players to be great runners as well. Football players need balance, physical strength, endurance, and speed to defend the ball at their feet, shoot, pass it far, and dodge it in the air. Hence, physical fitness primarily consists of four essential elements: endurance, balance, speed, and coordination.

The ability or strength to persist over time, particularly when faced with exhaustion, stress, or other challenging circumstances, is known as endurance. Endurance is required as the football game lasts for almost 90 minutes. Footballers need to have excellent coordination and balance. Football players frequently move quickly around defenders or, when playing defence, keep up with the actions of offenders. The speed of the player is crucial in their overall agility as well.

• Run drills- Practice makes perfect, so repetition is crucial for the perfection of skills. The coaches should hence focus on drills. The drills are defined as instruction of skill through repeated exercise. Several drills help a player perfect their techniques. Some of these drills are ball control drills, dribbling drills, passing drills, shooting drills, heading drills, and goalkeeping drills.

It is always wise to break the players into small groups. These teams or smaller groups can alternate between drills or stations. Smaller groups allow for more individualised attention for each player and a less stressful environment for the coach.

• Use technology for better practice- These days, with the advancement of technology, vocational skills or football drills can also be taught through the internet. The coaches can teach the skills they lack through their own recorded old games. This makes practising engaging for the learners as well. The coach can save time and ensure everyone’s safety by having players review drills before trying them in practice.

• Individual attention- The capacity to develop new talent and unrealised channel potential is one quality shared by most outstanding coaches. Before the coaches can move on with creating great players, they must first get to know each player personally. They must understand what motivates them, what they want to accomplish, and even what they are frightened of. Knowing these details will help them train each athlete to develop their skills effectively. Hence, it becomes crucial for the coaches to pay individual attention to all their players.

Football tactics are also not limited to a single aspect of the game. To play football, several essential skills are required. More experienced players can build on these talents to do more sophisticated and accurate dribbling, passing, and shooting. However, the best way to learn the game is to get into the game.

The nuances and techniques can be learned gradually. But these tips can help a trainer teach football effectively and efficiently. These trips are excellent ways for a coach or trainer to focus on the perfection of a player’s football techniques.

The PE Office provides specific lesson plans and schemes of work that can alleviate pressures on a PE department, coaches or anyone involved in sports.

The platform and its packages and subscriptions can allow more time to be spent planning for football sessions and help young people develop their understanding of the game. You can call the team on 01909 776900, email or book a free online demonstration here