Footwork Soccer Drills
By: Andre Botelho
One very simple yet effective tool for improving footwork is sticks. Whether you purchase some, use kindling, or use fallen twigs (make sure they are straight) you can create a great training course with them.
Have sticks that are 4-5 feet long and 1x1 inch and lay them down so they look like the rungs of a ladder. You can then have the players do running, hopping, and ball work.
Running – running drills can includes stepping once or twice between each stick, shuffling sideways between them (they can change direction at each turn), or running between the sticks lengthwise.
Hopping – players can hop on one foot or two feet, they can hop forward and backward, they can hop sideways, they can alternate feet.
Ball Practice – dribbling around the sticks, passing the ball through and sprinting after it, shuffling between the sticks and pushing the ball from the end of one stick to the next stick (position balls at both ends of each stick for this one), passing exercise through the channels between the sticks.
Goalkeeper Practice – goalkeepers can practice catching and saving balls while shuffling through channels or sprinting through them.
The possibilities are endless. You can use your imagination to come up with an infinite supply of drills and activities that will improve the player’s speed and precision.