This product was created with keeping the tools a coach needs in mind. It will help students visualise the techniques being taught to them.
Even without coaching availability, the tool to learn is all in this ball. Youth players and teams can practice and hone their skills alone.
The Aim is to improve a youth players' skills. Ultimately we want all youth soccer/football players to achieve their potential.
The On Target Football incorporates symbols that help to envision the techniques and skills they seek to teach. It is not just a great football but a learning tool.
This pass is made with the inside of the foot. The kicking foot is turned outward and the non-kicking foot should be placed to the side of the ball to allow the kicking leg to swing freely. The boot should make contact through the middle of the ball and the ankle must be firm when contact is made. This pass allows the best guarantee of accuracy.
There are three basic techniques for playing passes in the air: the lofted drive, the volley and the chip. If the defence cannot be penetrated on the ground, then the aerial option will need to be used. The symbol on the ball will help you visualise a lofted drive. To loft the ball, contact needs to be made between the lowest part of the ball and the middle.
When attempting a swerve pass, use the outside of the foot across the ball from right to left (for a right-footed kick) or left to right (for a left-footed kick). Contact should be made inside the centre of the ball. The left side for a right-footed kick and the right side for a left-footed kick. One of the advantages of this pass, is that you can bend the ball round an opponent. However the more swerve required, the more difficult it is to make an accurate pass.
The symbols on the ball represent laces, to show you where the best contact can be made. There are many different types of shot: high and low shot, swerve shot, volley, and half-volley, shooting with the inside of the foot, flick volleys etc... If you want to achieve a low shot, then you must always lean forward over the ball. Elevated shots on the other hand will require you to lean backwards. However if you lean back too much, the ball may end up in the stands/bushes or worst case scenario someone's window. Contact for a low shot should be towards the middle of the ball and for a high shot, the lower part of the ball must be hit.
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