It’s been said for so long that English football is a bit behind the times when it comes to sophisticated coaching and developing players’ technique.
In truth, that looks less the case in the modern era as the run to the World Cup semi-finals last summer and the emergence of elite talent like Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, Callum Hudson-Odoi and numerous others shows that perhaps English football is finally catching up.
Still, the new On Target Football that’s on the market could breathe new life into coaching and player development in this country with its intriguing new take on honing a player’s skills when making contact with the ball.
With so much talk these days of philosophies, systems, pressing, playing out from the back, it’s easy to forget quite how important it is for players to just be comfortable with the ball at their feet, whether they’re trying to play a simple short pass, rake a long ball across the pitch, or get that decisive contact with the ball’s sweet spot when through on goal.
The On Target Football makes all that so much easier, with helpful images all around the ball showing precisely where and how to strike it, and with which part of your foot.
See some of these images below that illustrate what kind of a connection a player needs to be making with the ball depending on whether they’re trying to get power or height on it…
As you can see in the first picture, there’s a helpful illustration of a player’s laces, to show precisely how to generate both power and accuracy when taking a shot on goal.
This image indicates a ‘push pass’ with the side of your foot for accuracy, while there are also instructions for a swerve pass, in order to hit those right angles to get the right curve on the ball.
This stylish and easy-to-use product is ideal for young players starting out in football in particular, as these on-ball instructions are great reminders for a player even if they’re practising on their own without the aid of a coach or their team-mates.
It’s also a coach’s dream, as it’s that much easier to get a squad of players to focus on practising a specific technique in a clear and simple way.
Visit On Target Football’s website for a closer look at the ball, with a rotating image you can zoom in and out on to get a better idea of how it’s laid out.
Unsurprisingly, this neat and accessible product has won a number of awards, as seen below…
The site allows you to buy the ball, whether you just want one for yourself or some in bulk for your training classes, while there are also helpful instructions for if you want to become involved in selling them yourself.
We’re sure this is going to be a big hit with young footballers everywhere, and something that truly could change the face of footballing development for the better up and down the country!