Training in large groups for children is a great way for children to learn the game, the benefits to training in a group far outweigh the negatives and provide a more realistic platform to aid the development of each players team and individual football skills and provide them with certain match specific scenarios that, come match day will help each player dominate the opposition and develop a broad understanding of the game.
Unopposed or Indoor training allows players to focus on the more technical parts of football, coordination, first touch, improving the use of both feet and first touch with different body parts are all things children can and should work on either at home or perhaps in the park with a parent or friend and it has been proven to have a vital place in the development in football of children, the fact that there is no pressure or instruction from a coach allows them to try things that maybe they wouldn’t have the confidence to attempt while playing with their peers at an academy or youth team group football session. This is vital for any aspiring footballer.
When it comes to training in a group at our football academy we ensure we become a little more tactically and positionally aware, training with a group is vital for these parts of development and cannot be replicated when training solo or in a small group.
Individuals practice football and groups train is another way of looking at it and to become a good, well-rounded footballer, both are needed at any level of the game.