Advanced volley drills like these will help you jump ahead of your competition. Some you can do by yourself, others you’ll need a partner. The important things to know is that you will use these skills in the game. What you practice most is where you’ll improve, so remember to work on realistic skills and movements. Let’s get started!
On the move advanced volley drills
These volley drills make things more challenging, therefore preparing you for realistic situations.
Great drills to challenge players who are already good using these skills in a stationary position.
The interesting part is 99% of players have never done volleys moving backwards and forwards…
Practicing on the move helps because in a real game you’re often having to move in different directions – all while attempting to pass, shoot or control the ball.
“The more you practice the better you get.”
Half volleys off the bounce
- Shooting [half volleys] with laces from distance [15 – 25 yards]. With this you can hit the ball straight on or with bend.
- Dealing with a cross that hops/bounces just before the ball gets to you. Usually these are side volleys near the goal.
- Short passes [laces and inside] using a partner or wall
Whether you’re a defender or striker receiving a cross, corner kick or in the middle of the pitch, these types of balls will be presented in games.
2 ways you can practice:
- With this rebounder you can pass to and receive the ball before hitting side volleys, turning or taking a touch. The two sides allow you to receive the ball on the ground or in the air.
- A partner [friend, teammate, parent] can toss or chip balls to you. short 3-5 yard tosses are more accurate and easier, which I recommend first. Then if you can deal with those well, try from a partner crossing or chipping the ball or tossing from a further distance.
“Train on your own, so that you’ll be confident and equipped when the ball comes to you.”
Advanced volleys using outside bend
Of all the advanced volley drills this is one of the most under taught and used…
It’s intimidating and looks very hard, but really it’s a skill you can learn quickly. The best ways to practice is by yourself in front of a big wall. This way you get tons of reps, which equals fast improvement.
Bending with the outside of the foot can be from a half or full volley…
You want to be good at both because depending on the time and situation, both will present themselves to you.
All positions will benefit from this technique, whether you’re shooting or clearing the ball.
stationary volleys using a wall or rebounder
Get one of the best rebound nets that allows you to keep the ball on the ground or work on continuous volleys and more.
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