5 Ways to Use Portable Football Goals to Improve Skill Levels
In order to get the best out of players and develop their skill-set during training sessions, it’s sometimes necessary to use a goal for training drills. However, in situations where several goals are required, or when goals need to be smaller than those available on standard pitches, having a set of portable goals at your team’s disposal can be very helpful. Lightweight, mobile and manufactured to exacting standards of performance and safety, the latest Samba portable goals can be used to develop a range of skills through some specially designed training drills.
Whilst it is often possible to set up a shooting drill with training cones or markers, judging whether or not a shot is on target can be difficult. However, a portable goal can be erected in a matter of seconds anywhere on the training pitch. There are several FA-approved dimensions available to choose from, so you can select a size that meets the needs of your team.
Instead of your players having to waste precious training time waiting for their turn to take part in a shooting drill, you can set up several goals very quickly, and have drills running concurrently. A great drill for developing shooting skills and decision making is called ‘pass and shoot’. The shooter should start with the ball – about 25 yards from goal. He should begin the drill with a pass to a second player, who should be standing about eight yards ahead – between the shooter and a goalkeeper. The second player should then lay off the ball to the left or right, and the shooter should take a first-time shot. The second player should then predict where the ball will rebound to for a follow-up shot.
The most effective way to develop a goalkeeper’s awareness and decision making is to have a standard goal set up for training sessions. However, if you have two or three keepers in your team, giving them use of a goal each can sometimes be impossible. By having several portable goals in your team’s equipment inventory, you can set up goalkeeping drills almost anywhere.
A useful drill for developing a goalkeeper’s agility, fitness and core strength is the ‘two goal rush’. Shooters line up in front of two different goals. The keeper must rush between both goals in turn – attempting to make saves with little or no time to prepare. Having portable goals means this relatively simple drill can be performed just about anywhere.
In order to give players a sense of where a cross needs to land, it’s important to use standard-size goals. Using training cones and markers for crossing drills will make this almost impossible. Unfortunately, a lot of public pitches have their goals removed when there are no matches scheduled. You may also want to set up more than one drill at a time to make sure your entire team gets enough time on the ball. Portable goals can be free-standing or secured to the ground – either way they are always safe and secure. They can be unpacked and constructed in under two minutes, and along with a set of training cones or markers, they allow anywhere on the pitch to become a makeshift penalty area for crossing drills.
Whilst a great many tackling drills can be performed with the use of cones and markers, using portable goals for a drill can create a more intense, realistic training environment. Set up a penalty area using training cones with dimensions in line with your team’s age group.
For block tackles, have an attacking player start with the ball about 25 yards from goal, and place a defender on or around where the penalty spot would be. You will also need a goalkeeper standing on the goal line. The attacking player must dribble past the defender and attempt to score with a single shot. The defender must make a blocking tackle whilst staying on his feet. Having a goal set up, and a keeper in position, will recreate a match situation. You can set up sliding tackle drills on damp days with a defender approaching from a standing start to the side of the attacker.
Perfecting the free kick requires constant practice and repetition, but that can be very difficult when you have more than 20 players all vying for time on the ball. However, by setting up three or four portable goals, and using free kick mannequins in order to create defensive walls, you can give all your players an opportunity to work on their technique in the most realistic setting possible.
The ability to set up a goal and training area quickly and with the minimum of fuss is essential at grassroots level. With limited time available and dozens of players requiring time on the ball, time and space are precious commodities. The latest portable football goals are extremely versatile, mobile, lightweight and easy to construct. They can be packed away safely and loaded into a car in minutes, and they are made with highly durable plastic compounds that don’t corrode over time. Quality portable goals can help you to give all your players the development and coaching they need to perfect their skills.