We have become used to footballers making headlines for the wrong reasons, now it’s the turn of the referee. With players’ abusing referees and linesmen during every game, should we be surprised that a top flight referee has been accused of abusing players in return? Where does this leave the FA’s Respect Campaign, designed to improve behaviour at Grassroots? An initiative that should and could have a really positive influence on everyone involved in the game.
During Liverpool FC’s heyday, the “Kop”, a raised terrace at the Walton Breck Road end of the Anfield stadium, gained mythical status as the clubs 12th man. The support of 27,000 devoted souls, standing shoulder to shoulder with their team, inspired the club to reach the top of the domestic and European game.
Here’s a little assault course warm up for you to try out. It can be quite complex so start with just a few ideas which I’ve outlined and build up, remember it’s supposed to be fun and not confusing! After you’ve tried it with these few basic exercises add in as many plyometric/skill based aspects as you like dependant on the age and ability of your players.
This is an intensive technical practice to improve a players ball control skills and their ability to not only control the ball, but protect it away from a pressurising defender.