What equipment does my child need to practice or play football at home
Thu 11 July 2019
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Over the last 20 years or so, the idea of playing football at home has changed dramatically. Whereas before it was a case of jumpers for goalposts on a quiet street or in the local park, now there seems to be fewer and fewer places where kids can play the beautiful game.
That is unless you’ve got a garden. Even the smallest of back yards can be turned into a mini Wembley with a little bit of imagination and the right equipment.
Here are some ideas for what you can do and some equipment which can help enhance your child’s football practice in the garden all summer long.
No matter how tiny your garden is, you’ll have room for a rebounder as these come in all sizes. This training aid is a small, plastic frame with elasticated netting fitted across it. The player kicks the ball into the rebounder and then has to attempt to control it when it bounces back before passing it back onto the rebounder – and so on.
Because of the elasticated element, the flight of the ball is unpredictable which helps to work on a player’s reaction skills, first touch, improvisation and using both feet. It requires a space no more than a few metres square to work in either.
The rebounder is also a great way for players to practice volleys and half volleys.
One alternative to a rebounder is to use a garden wall. Kicking a ball against a wall is something that countless kids up and down the country have done when growing up and it is an effective method for working on close control.
Futsal is a small sided version of football that was born in Uruguay. It’s played on hard courts similar to a basketball pitch and uses a different type of ball to a traditional football.
For starters, a futsal ball is significantly smaller. It’s also heavier, denser and doesn’t bounce as much. As a result, it favours tight control, passing in small spaces and improvisation, speed of movement, all the while demanding excellent technique.
That can make a futsal ball a brilliant piece of equipment, especially in a home environment. It doesn’t travel far and hardly leaves the ground, meaning it’s perfect for using in a confined space.
Most importantly of all though, it will help your child develop the sort of skills associated with all the greatest players from Brazil, Argentina and the rest of South America – which should resonate if you’ve got a mini Messi or Neymar fan.
Young kids love scoring goals. That’s why the majority of them dream of being a striker. But of course, you can’t score unless you’ve got an actual goal to aim at.
Manufacturers of footballing equipment have realised this which is why lightweight, easy to build goalposts are one of the most popular purchases for the home footballing arena.
Take the Samba Goal for example. So named because it’s the sort of thing that you see put up on Copacabana Beach for a kickaround by some eager Brazilians, it can be erected and dismantled in seconds, is easy to move around and is corrosion proof – not something you need to worry about in Rio De Janeiro too much, but very much a concern with the British weather.
If you’ve got a slightly bigger garden, then you may already have a volleyball or badminton net that comes out during the summer months. The good news is this can also be used for football training – or to be more specific, football tennis. You could even use a string as the net if you don’t have any of the equipment mentioned.
The idea of the game is to have at least two people either side of the net and they need to control the ball and then return it to the other side. You may need to lower the net depending on the height of the players and their ability. The great thing about this game is that it can be adjusted as the players improve, you could also add conditions to make the game more challenging.
We hope that you have enjoyed this guide on pieces of equipment that can help your child practice in the garden and that this helps your child enjoy their playing football in their free time at home. If your child is looking to play football with friends during the summer months, then why don’t you give one of our famous football holiday camps a try? These are perfect for players of all abilities wanting to enjoy the game and make new friends.