Training for Technique

In the basic skills of football, an important term is “technique,” which is the physical movement involved in those skills. Practicing the skills is called “technical training.” Players practice technique throughout their lives, but correct technique practice is essential for young players while they are in developmental stages.

The better your technique, the better a player you can become. Passing, receiving, shooting, heading and dribbling are just a few of the techniques a player must acquire and master. To become a technically proficient player, you must repeat and refine techniques over several years. More, you must learn how to use the right one at the right time, make the correct judgment of a pass or run, choose the correct answer to a problem on the field.

This judgement, also known as game sense, involves your relationship on the field of play to your opponents, to the hostile or friendly crowd, to the referees, to the playing surface, and even to the natural conditions of rain, sun, wind and light. A player’s ability to assimilate all these factors and the player’s mental strength to come out and play his or her game effectively under pressure is what makes a player complete.

The most recent FFA Curriculum found that Australia’s top players were seen as competitive and physically effective footballers but were not noted for their technical excellence. National coaches found that the players they were receiving were weak on technical skills. The curriculum was prepared and mandated by the FFA in order for Australia to develop world-class footballers with technical skills that will allow for Australian teams to maintain effective possession in games.

a characteristic of possession-based football is to dominate and therefore control a game by retaining the ball. Effective possession means that keeping possession should not become an aim in itself but that it should be a means to getting the ball and our players into goalscoring positions in a controlled manner (as opposed to ‘trust to luck’). Effective possession should also lead to a higher number of successful entries into the attacking third, more shots on goal and more shots on target.

To be able to do that all players, including the goalkeeper, must be technically proficient and all players must understand and be able to execute quality positioning play.