Develop a non-game Functional Technical Base

Level #1

Not all the exercises below have a game functional place in the game, but all will provide a great technical base on which all gane functional techniques can be built upon.

 

In regards to practice : 

5 minutes of focused and purposeful practice a day, in the right direction is infinitely better than time spent practicing (for any length of time) in the wrong direction.  Short and frequent is much better than an infrequent big session.

And if your goal is to be the best you can be, then in regards to the quote : No matter how hard you work, someone is working harder.

You need to be that someone.

Part #1

Level 1 : Basic conditioning and Ball Mastery

Foot locked Up

Work through the levels in each exercise.

  • Level 0 : Hold onto something : This is not demonstrated in the videos but is a good place to start, so that the focus can be purely on the ball.
  • Level 1 : Balance
  • Level 2 : Hop
  • Level 3 : Head Up
  • Level 4 : Eyes Closed (Advanced players should be able to do all ball mastery exercises with the eyes closed).

Balance and Tap

Balance & Roll Forward / Backward

Balance & Roll in and out

 

If a player can do the exercises above, then they will find all future game functional ball moving techniques easier to master. If a player can't do the exercises above, then they will always struggle to move the ball around their feet well. So if you have a young player who is happy to do a little bit of focused technical practice start with these 3 exerciises and work through the 3 levels for each technique.

 

 

Part #2

Level #1 : Fundamental Foot Shapes

L#1a - Balance : L#1b - Hopping

Drag Back : Open Foot

Drag Back : Little Toe (outside push)

Drag Back : Open Foot : Little Toe : Combo

 

These exercise can also be done when hopping. To get more info on fundamental foot shapes click here.

To do more advanced fundamental foot shape ball mastery exercises click here.

 

 

Part #3

Introducing Drag Back Vs

Start with the Ball mastery veriosn (No steps between)

Level 0 : Balance and catch (Simple do at walking speed : Do 12 without a mistake).

Level 1 : Add in a Hop on the 'balance' foot as you drag with the other foot. (This makes the exercise more dynamic)

Level 2 : Do this as quick as you can and / or with the head up / eyes closed.

Level 3 : Make the exercise more game functional* by adding in a step/shuffle between each pattern.

Same foot Inside V

Switch foot Inside V

Darg back Flick Behind

Game functional Drag Back Vs include movement to a new space (using a step or shuffle) and includes getting the head up betwen patterns.

 

Drag Back Vs which include movement to a new space are very useful in game : This is what game functional means: CHeck this video out.

 

 

To get more info on Drag Back Vs click here.

 

 

Part #4

Level 1 : Weak Foot Ball Striking Fundamentals

[Top of the foot Strike]

Jump-in & sawp the point

Draw a circle : Transfer weight

Foot shape on contact

It is also possible to change the foot locked down shape to an open foot shape.

To get more info on fundamental of a weak foot strike click here.

 

 

Part #5

Level 1 :Juggling practice challenges

Sit down Juggles

12-1s : 6 - 2s

Bounce Juggles

12-1s : 6 - 2s

 

 

Laces Juggles

12-1s : 6 - 2s

Inside Shuffle Juggles

12-1s : 6 - 2s

 

To get more info on fundamental juggling patterns click here.

 

 

 

Establish The Fundamentals : Level 2

If the exercises above are no longer a challenge, then you need to progress at Level 2, in which you will begin to look at : Game functional Fundamental Footwork Patterns.

Before you jump a head : Use this list as your check list to check that you are ready to move on : If you answer yes to all these questions then move on.

  1. Can you hop on one foot and Tap the ball with the other, without a mistake, for 20 seconds on both feet?
  2. Can you hop on one foot whilst on the other, roll the ball forward and backward (using just the ball of the foot), without a mistake,  for 20 seconds on both feet?
  3. Can you hop on one foot whilst on the other, roll the ball in and out (using just the ball of the foot and keeping the ball in front of the hopping foot), without a mistake,  for 20 seconds, on both feet?
  4. Can you hop on one foot whilst on the other, drag the ball back and pass the ball forward using an open foot shape foot, without a mistake,  for 20 seconds, on both feet?
  5. Can you hop on one foot whilst on the other, drag the ball back and pass the ball forward using an open foot shape foo and then drag the ball back and push the ball out of the body using a little toe touch, without a mistake,  for 20 seconds, on both feet?
  6. Can you hop on one foot whilst on the other, drag the ball back and push the ball out of the body using a little toe touch, without a mistake,  for 20 seconds, on both feet?

If the answer is yes to all the above then it is time to move onto the next level.

Establish the fundamentals : Fundamental Footwork Patterns : Series #1

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