In order to maximise its potential on the pitch, a football team needs to have the right equipment at its disposal. Whether it’s strength and resistance equipment for close season preparations or coloured marker cones for drills, having access to the right equipment could be the difference between success and failure for your football team this season.
Speed and Agility Items
While some players are naturally fast and agile, the right training regime can improve both of these attributes substantially. Building lower-body strength and leg speed through various drills and strength exercises can squeeze up to 20% more speed from a footballer – and there are several items of equipment that can make this possible. For instance, speed and agility hurdles, bounce-back hurdles and speed and agility ladders are great for developing leg speed and coordination. Other items that develop speed and agility are boundary pole sets, cone hurdle sets and speed rings. All of these items are relatively simple, but they can deliver exceptional results when used regularly and in the right way.
Cones and Markers
Whether you are setting up a training match or complex training drills, you will need reliable markers and cones to set out pitches and drill areas. There are some excellent football markers on the market at present that are both water and corrosion resistant. Made from highly durable plastics, these items are designed to withstand being trodden on and kicked. Dome markers, for instance, come in a range of colours, which means different areas can be marked clearly for players. Traffic cones, disc markers and so-called superdomes all perform similar functions.
Strength and Resistance Equipment
The modern footballer needs to develop both upper and lower body strength in order to compete at the highest levels. Rather than simply relying on the day-to-day training methods most football teams implement, you can take proactive measures to build your team’s strength and conditioning through the use of various items of training equipment. For example, rubber medicine balls are ideal for building arm and shoulder strength on a solo basis, while kettlebells deliver similar results. If you don’t have space for the storage of heavy weights and resistance equipment, resistance bands and suspension trainers do the same job but can be neatly stored away in a gym bag after use. Other items for solo strength and resistance training include speed parachutes and power speed resistors.
If you are keen to develop your team’s technique, touch and control, there is a way to do so on an individual basis. A rebounder is an A-frame that is fitted with an elasticated net. A player strikes the ball against the net, and it rebounds at unpredictable and random angles. This encourages the use of both feet to control the ball or hit a first-time pass back onto the net.
The ability to set up training areas and quickly pack them away is crucial to the effectiveness of your various training sessions. There are equipment bags that have very specific functions, such as the storage of hurdles, cones and slalom poles. In some cases, these bags are included as part of equipment purchases, but you can also buy multi-functional bags that have spaces for a range of essential football training equipment.
Your team should have at least one ball for every player – as well as an additional 25% as backup. Rather than buy individual balls, it’s usually best to buy sets that comes with their own carry sack. Although adult teams should always have a plentiful supply of size-5 balls, futsal balls are also a handy addition to any training inventory. Smaller and heavier, futsal balls are more difficult to get in the air or play long balls with, which is why a growing number of coaches are using them as a way of developing close control, passing, touch and ball retention.
To be successful, your football team will need to have access to a range of football training equipment that is both durable and effective. Assess your training inventory, and make sure your team is set up for a successful season.
Malcolm Cox is a journalist, blogger and copywriter with more than 15 years of experience in digital and print media. Malcolm writes extensively for UK football retailer The Soccer Store on the subjects of grassroots football, training and coaching.