As a trainer at Quik Touch Soccer, I try to teach our players about the importance of practicing outside of their normal team training schedule. Like everything else in life, the more you do it, the better you get at it.
With this in mind, I’m constantly looking to stay sharp so that I’m always able to show our players the correct technique at the right speed. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the time to drive somewhere to get my touches in. Fortunately, I recently had some free time and decided to build a small training wall. Here’s how you can build your own, perfect for the outdoors or an empty basement!
Here’s What You Need:
- 3 pieces of wood that are 2 in x 12 in x 4 ft
- 2 pieces of wood that are 1 in x 2 in x 6 ft
- 2 pieces of wood that are 2 in x 4 in x 8 ft
- Box of wood screws
As you can see from the pictures, it was pretty easy to build.
How To Build The Training Wall:
- Pre-drill the holes for the screws to avoid breaking the wood.
- Lay the 3 pieces of 2×12’s on a stand (I used saw horses) and use the 2×4’s to connect them together.
- Use the 1×2’s for your border and the wall is built.
- Use the remaining 2×4’s and some hinges for your stand and it’s ready to go.
Full disclaimer, if you don’t have any experience with power tools, please get professional help.
You have a wall, now what?
Work on your passing, receiving, turning and skill moves. Build up your muscle memory by controlling the ball with different areas of your body.
One of the wonders of using the wall is the unpredictability of where it may go. You can start 1 or 2 feet away and progressively move further away. Depending on the skill you’re working on, the distance between you and the wall matters.
Less space = more touches
More space = less touches
Combo Moves To Try:
- 2 touch passing
- 2 touch passing, receive right, pass left. Repeat!
- 2 touch passing, receive left, pass right. Repeat!
- Pass right, receive right, stop. Roll the ball with the sole of your foot to the left. Pass left, receive left, stop. Roll the ball with the sole of your foot to the right. Repeat!
- Pass right, receive right, L-turn and stop with your left foot. Pass left, receive left, L-turn and stop with your right foot. Repeat!
- Throw the ball to the wall and catch. Repeat!
- Drop kick and kneel with your right knee down and pick the ball up into chest. Repeat!
- Drop kick and kneel with your left knee down and pick the ball up into chest. Repeat!
- From the ground, laying across the wall, throw the ball against the wall and catch it using your hands and floor (as a third hand). Repeat!
The combinations are endless. As you can see, the wall I built is only about 3 feet tall.
However, if you have a larger wall inside or outside your house, somewhere nearby, or your friendly neighborhood soccer club built one for you (wink, wink), you can practice volleying, shooting and tons more.
If you’re a goalkeeper, you can work on your distributions, diving and catching. Lastly, use several ball sizes. You can use a size 3, 4 or 5. You can even use a tennis ball or a futsal ball for different types of workouts.
Soon we’ll be providing some videos and information on how to best use your new wall.