Learning the Basic Football Skills

Football is the biggest and most popular sport in the world, all children should at least know the basics. Whether it’s just for fun or to use the skills as a foundation for something a bit more advanced, there is plenty of fun to be had and new friends to make along the way.

There’s no ‘I’ in team.

Kicking the ball around at home or at the local playground is all well and good until your child wants to master the skills for use at school or maybe even for the local team. Football is a team game so it makes perfect sense to learn or practice with a team of like-minded children and parents, all of which are either there for the fun or to progress on to something more technical.

Unless you are a football fan yourself or are interested in the how’s of the techniques, then you might not be familiar with the basics needed and by basics that doesn’t mean ‘simple’ it just means something to get you started. 

Social media could be the place to look.

There are some really good junior football clubs available, who advertise on social media platforms and promote things like, ‘teaching basic football skills at Smile Football Club’, just a quick look shows that they live up to their name, the kids seem like they are having an awesome time. Let’s have a look at some of the basics and what you can expect to receive if you join a local team.

Some skills to practice.

  • Dribbling – An essential skill, it helps the player to maintain control of the ball when heading toward the opposing team’s end of the field or creating space to shoot or pass. Players can hone their dribbling skills as much as necessary. They will develop better skills as they practice more.
  • Passing – In football, a player or team that is trained in the art of passing will hold control of the ball more and drive it down the field. Passing is perhaps even more important than shooting to score a goal in many ways, in football, there are several different types of passes to learn and practice.
  • Juggling – Juggling should help a player improve ball control, balance, and reaction time. Every day, for at least 10 minutes, they can practice their juggling. 

Try to increase the number of times they maintain the ball in the air per day. Speaking of time, if you’re in business, you might find this informative blog worth a read, it’s all about tips for better time management.

  • Receiving – Using your feet to receive the ball is a crucial skill in the game. A throw is just as successful as the receiver’s ability to catch it and follow through the action. It is a key skill for all young football players to practice.

When looking into sports at the moment, local announcements might be a useful topic to follow. 

There are also many health benefits that can be gained from training or playing football, it’s a physically demanding game that will help your child improve their speed, agility, strength, hand eye coordination as well as their overall stamina.