No matter how naturally talented players are football always improves with practice and good practice relies on implementing good drills and routines which teach the key skills and techniques required to become a good all-round player. Each player is an individual bringing his or her skills to the collective team.
There are thousands of different drills and practice routines, with many more variations. Selecting the best drills that teach the concepts and skills you want your players to learn and adapting them to fit the capabilities of your players will enable you - as the coach - to get the most from the exercises and your players.
Football training drills should provide players dual benefits of learning new skills and achieving physical conditioning - strength, speed, stamina, balance, coordination, etc. The complexity of the physical demands of football requires the compilation of a training regime and routines which develop physical traits on a general rather than specific basis as young children develop muscle tone and conditioning differently to adults.
Training young players on the mental agility, observations skills and situational awareness are also important considerations of training. Young players learn by a combination of repetition and cognitive understanding and with football the added requirement to combine the physical aspects makes this all the more complicated. Therefore training drills which combine both repetition and mental stimulation are proven to be the most effective.
The art of coaching is to recognise the requirements of your team and then construct a training plan which encourages players to learn collectively both by observing others and by performing the routines themselves with complexity increasing as competency improves.
In this section we have gathered together various online resources to provide coaches with sources of ideas and inspiration to create optimised training regimes for your teams.
If you find a resource online that we should include here please let us know.