It’s often said that it takes 10,000 hours to achieve greatness in any discipline, whether it’s piano, golf or, in our case, football.For football, you might even need more than 10,000 hours.
Top professional footballers have undoubtedly already put their hours in with an average of four to six hours of training every day.
The hours we see top players on the pitch are a fraction of the time spent on the training ground and in the gym.Achieving greatness in the beautiful game requires hard work and discipline regardless of whether you’re playing Super Saturday or Sunday league.
Training is crucial for footballers who want to reach their potential and up their game. So whether you’re a player, a coach or a parent, you need to know everything you can about how to train for football.
That’s why we’ve put together this complete football training guide; it’ll show you when to train, how often and give you some football training drills to try out.
If you’re looking to improve your game, there’s no option but to train. There are no two ways around it; if you want to develop as a player, you need to hit the training ground hard.
Turning up at a match having not done anything since the last game is a recipe for mediocrity at best, an embarrassing defeat at worst.
Training keeps you on top of your game, it keeps you physically fit enough to stay on the pitch for 90 minutes, but it also helps maintain the right mentality.Training enables you to improve any areas of weakness and top up areas of strength so that you’re ready for your next fixture.The old adage “use it or lose it” applies to football. If you’re not constantly looking for ways to improve or maintain your physical, technical and mental abilities, you’re standing still or, worse, moving backwards.
Football training divides into three broad but distinct branches: physical, technical and tactical.
All three football training branches complement each other and are vital for the success of both the individual and the whole team.
Physical Football Training
Physical training focuses on building the engine that powers you through matches. It gives you the ability to run, jump and shoot as fast and powerfully as you can.
To achieve the best results from physical training, you’ll need to combine cardio training and resistance training.
Cardio will involve running, cycling, HIIT and the work you put in on the training ground.
Resistance training involves weightlifting (compound and isolation movements) and bodyweight exercises.
Beyond the training itself, you’ll need to focus on recovery, flexibility and mobility.
Technical Football Training
Technical training is about
developing your technical skills on the pitch.
It generally includes dribbling, passing, shooting, heading and tackling.
But it can also be position-specific, particularly for goalkeepers who need to develop diving, catching and throwing skills.
You can develop some skills on your own, like footwork and agility, but some skills — such as crossing and tackling — need training as a team.
Tactical Football Training
Tactical training is what makes a team stand out from the crowd.
It’s the theoretical side of the game that focuses on set pieces, formations and the tactics needed for different attacking and defensive scenarios.
Tactical training is usually worked on as a team and will either occur on the training ground or in a classroom environment.
At lower levels, tactical training will focus on your own team’s improvement and teamwork.
But at the high levels, emphasis is placed on video analysis of your own squad and the opposition to find weaknesses and the best way to play against them.

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