Free-kick training in football
Why free kick training?
Free kicks are an important element to football. However, during every-day training, it is usually not practiced enough. Free-kicks, corner-kicks and penalty-kicks often determine the outcome of an even game. A promising shot can be created with little effort. Therefore, these kicks are especially important in the later parts of the match, when the players are already exhausted, and signs of fatigue may have occurred. If a match is relatively even and both teams have little to no scoring chance, free kick situations can be determining. It is important to decide which variation is the best. To observe the opponents and their goalkeeper is crucial for making the right choice.
How many variations are reasonable to consider?
It is advisable to practice several different variants of all free-kick forms in order to confuse the opponents and thereby gain the advantage. Each variation form should be signaled through a clear command. Through a closer look at the rules, it becomes noticeable that there are a high variety of possibilities. In order to maintain the surprising element of a new variant, it is important to mix, and if necessary, modify them. However, a team should not practice too many variations, since each player must remember all of them.
There are no limits to the creativity in developing variants. For example, a different variation should be used depending on the position the free-kick takes on the field, whether central, sideways, far or near distance, flat, high or from a corner. Some ideas can be copied from professional teams.
How can free-kicks be integrated into the daily training process?
In order to ensure that the different variants in the match are performed as planned and that every player knows their role, it is necessary to practice them. The strength of each player in the team should be taken into account during the development. If, for example, the team players are shorter than the average, then the flat variants are recommended. A friendly competition can be helpful for practicing the free-kicks under stressed situations as well. As a result, the players are prepared for the match and can keep their calm even when they become fatigued. Free-kick training should be repeated 1 to 3 times a month so that the players can better memorize the different variations. How to react to defensive free-kicks is important and should not be underestimated either. Both the goalkeeper and the field players should be aware of that. The goalkeeper also needs to know how to behave in such situations and how to cooperate with the players making up the wall.
During the next few weeks, we will focus on different free-kicks and corner-kicks in particular. We will show some examples of both.