football drills training

  • 1.1Crumbing Circle
  • 1.2Jump Early Ruckwork
  • 2.1Switch through the centre kick
  • 2.2Stoppage Stations
  • 3.1Lead to open space
  • 3.2Passing Options Game

1.1Coaching Drills

Football Drills Training: Crumbing Circle
Crumbing Circle

This drill simulates a player making position front and square to receive a ineffective handball from a teammate, who then must pick the ball up off the ground near their feet.

  • Players
    group
    12+
  • Ages
    profile
    13+
  • Balls
    ball
    2+
  • Cones
    cones
    0
  • Distance (max)
    distance
    40m
Skills
Handball Quick, Crumb.
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1.2Sports Afl

Football Drills Training: Jump Early Ruckwork
Jump Early Ruckwork

Jumping early into the opposition ruckman can cause the ball to spill without either ruckman getting an effective tap. When used as a set play, this allows your followers to attack the space near the ruckman and be first to the loose ball. This tactic can be used if the opposition are getting on top in the ruck, or to mix things up.

  • Players
    group
    10+
  • Ages
    profile
    15+
  • Balls
    ball
    1
  • Cones
    cones
    0
  • Distance (max)
    distance
    40m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Contested ball, Stoppages, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Tackle, Shepherd, Handball Quick, Ruck, Crumb.
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2.1Coaching Drills For Football

Football Drills Training: Switch Through the Centre Kick
Switch Through the Centre Kick

After a defensive mark or free, the player will often find the area in front of them (where the ball has come from) congested, and unless looking to defend, should try to switch play to the other side of the ground. This drill demonstrates how two quick lateral kicks can open up space.

  • Players
    group
    15+
  • Ages
    profile
    13+
  • Balls
    ball
    2+
  • Cones
    cones
    6
  • Distance (max)
    distance
    80m
Skills
Kicking.
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2.2Australian Rules Coaching Drills

Football Drills Training: Stoppage Stations
Stoppage Stations

Practicing stoppages near goal is invaluable for forwards and defenders alike. This drill simulates stoppages from both ball-up and throw-in situations within scoring range.

  • Players
    group
    10+
  • Ages
    profile
    13+
  • Balls
    ball
    1+
  • Cones
    cones
    0
  • Distance (max)
    distance
    80m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Contested ball, Hard Running, Decision Making, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking, Stoppages, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Shepherd, Ruck, Crumb, Mark Contest.
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3.1Afl Preseason Training

Football Drills Training: Lead to Open Space
Lead to Open Space

Kicking to a player who is leading at 45 degrees is a difficult skill, as players must judge their teammate's speed and angle, and put the ball to a spot they can run onto. This drill practices kicking to players leading at 45 degrees, both defensively and into attack with the flight of the ball.

  • Players
    group
    12+
  • Ages
    profile
    6+
  • Balls
    ball
    2+
  • Cones
    cones
    4
  • Distance (max)
    distance
    80m
Skills
Kick Long.
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3.2Afl Training Exercises

Football Drills Training: Passing Options Game
Passing Options Game

Players can fall into the trap of kicking to the closest person they see, failing to lift their eyes and see what's on further afield. This drill practices kicking to leading targets, making players look upfield before selecting whether to play safe and kick short, or choose the more lucrative but riskier long option.

  • Groups of
    group
    16
  • Ages
    profile
    11+
  • Balls/grp
    ball
    1+
  • Cones
    cones
    8
  • Distance (max)
    distance
    60m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Decision Making, Fun.
Skills
Kicking.
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