This article was written by Chris Rue, Futsal Manager
Training to become the best at anything can be lonely. The amount of time required to hone your game can seem extraordinary. So many developing players simply do not understand this. Securing a training partner can be a difficult task and too many parents try to hire personal training coaches to fill this void. This inevitably leads to the trainer taking a lot of the touches during a session. The solution to this problem is for a player to find a wall.
Years ago, as a U15 player, being cut from an ODP trial sparked something in me. There was crying and a feeling of failure. My world was crushed. Vowing not to let that occur again, I started a quest to become the best player that I could. The next tryout would be another 8 months away and I planned to be ready for it. This is when I was introduced to wall training.
A wall is the best training partner an aspiring soccer player can have. There are so many skills that can be developed using a wall. Ball striking and first touch are vital to play at the highest levels. The ability to accurately strike the ball with different techniques is a skill that can be perfected. Using all parts of the body to control the rebounding ball can be as well. The wall simply plays the ball back at the rate the ball is hit at it. This constant repetition forces a massive number of touches in a short amount of time. The wall always shows up for training and will always be consistent.
Players who use the wall as a training partner will see their game grow tremendously. Just you and the wall. A partner can also be added and a competition called wall ball can be played. Rules can be adjusted according to the skill level of the players. Three touch, three bounce; two touch, two bounce; two touch, one bounce gives players a chance to increase the difficulty level of the game. Different sized balls can be used with the smallest ball offering the greatest challenges. Working through the ball sizes until a tennis ball can be used will produce a magical first touch.
After 8 months of wall training added to my regular routine, I was ready for the next tryout. Not only did I make the ODP State team for FL, I was invited to the regional camp and then the Olympic Festival for a shot at the national pool. I attribute this success to the time spent with the wall. To this day, based off of my own experiences, I encourage all players to use a wall in their training regimen. It can be a soccer player’s best friend.
This drill is designed to help you improve your ball control. This is a great drill to help you develop the ball control that will enable you to cut and change direction quickly. Goal: When you reach the point of being able to do whatever you want with the ball; you will have more fun playing the game.
Speed on your feet is something really important for a soccer player on and off the ball. In this work out we will challenge your speed. 7 exercises to perform as fast as you can. Are you the fastest FITTER player? Let us know! Have fun!
Rush Soccer has 11 core values. These core values are more than great words, are behaviors that we commit to and that we expect others to show as well. These are Respect, Unity, Safety, Humility, Tenacity, Empathy, Advice, Leadership, Enjoyment, Accountability, and my favorite Passion! Learn about Passion with this video and find them all in the word puzzle below!
And here we are! Last week of our program. Now is time to check how much you improved after working hard and consistently through these weeks. Go through the work out early in the week and finish strong by doing the fitness test. Let us know your results! We are looking forward to knowing how you did!
Are you ready? We are going to need your full attention! Concentrate, pay attention to the details and find the seven differences! Send us a screenshot and show us where they were! But hey! Shhhh… Don’t let the others know!