Football – Skills and Drills

There are many different skills involved in the game of football.

The skills can be broadly broken down into those that involve Gaining Possession, Maintaining Possession, Releasing Possession and Contesting Possession. Many of these skills can be performed on the ground, without the need to get the ball into the hand and out of the hand. Below are a few example skill development tips and drills for some of the core skills in each category.

Gaining Possession

Involves gaining possession and control of the football. Thus, skills such as catching and lifting are included.

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – BODY CATCH

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE CROUCH LIFT

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE HIGH CATCH

Maintaining Possession

Once the football is under the control of the player, there are a number of skills which help the player in possession to maintain possession. These skills encompass soloing skills and evasion skills.

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE BOUNCE

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE FEINT

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE SOLO RUN

Releasing Possession

Involves releasing the football, with either the hand or the foot. All of these skills should be performed and developed using both the left and right hand and foot.

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE PUNT KICK

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE HOOK KICK

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE HAND PASS

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE FIST PASS

Contesting Possession

Involves many of the skills used to tackle an opponent in possession, or to contest for possession when neither player is in possession of the football.

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – BLOCK DOWN

GAELIC FOOTBALL SKILLS – THE NEAR HAND TACKLE

It should be noted that this method of “grouping” skills is only a suggestion, and there are a number of different ways of matching the skills together.

 

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