Football is a great passion for people of all ages and abilities, and, as with most sports, there is always room for improvement. In this article we take a look at some simple steps which can help you achieve this goal.
We can’t stress it enough! A great first touch will make a real difference to your game. Practice it as much as you can – there are a whole host of football training drill videos to try out in your spare time.
Football training drill videos can make a significant difference to improving your touch; try ones that involve kicking a ball against a wall before you head off to your training session.
Focus on your foot
Don’t just concentrate on your best foot; work hard to improve your weaker one and this will stand you in excellent stead to improve your game. It can be as simple kicking and controlling a ball against a wall. These and other football training drill videos are available at Sportplan.
Control and dribble
Dribbling a ball in a tight space is essential in the game of football, and it’s easier than you think. Use flags or cones and off you go! Weave in and out and you will notice a marked improvement in your dribbling skills.
Football is a fast game so increasing your fitness from an early stage is vital. Anaerobic fitness helps with speed and can be enhanced by interval training, and using a bleep test system will increase aerobic stamina levels. A top tip is to measure this both before and after a season so you can see your improvement levels.
To make sure you are in the best shape possible, take care of your diet. Our advice is to eat plenty of carbs and proteins such as pasta, chicken, turkey and beef, and fish such as salmon and mackerel. Vegetables should be eaten in plentiful amounts too as they provide sources of both vitamins and minerals. And don’t forget to eat breakfast! Porridge is an excellent choice for your first meal of the day, allowing a slow release of energy, particularly on match or training days.
You should ideally be drinking up to 2½ litres of water a day, as well as sports drinks, to help avoid fatigue.