Take a look at some of my favorite soccer rebounders and ways to use them. This type of training is by far one of the best ways to improve your passing and first touch. A brick wall can be best, but not everyone has this option. Although, if you can combine the two you’ll really benefit. There are pros and cons to all rebounders, so let’s look below to see what’s best for you. Note: This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
Difference in soccer rebounders
Net, metal, plastic/polyethylene or wood.
Most are net, some of the newer styles are plastic.
Then a few are metal, which last longest, but are heavy.
Some rebounders are only 2 feet high and 3 feet wide, where others are 7×18′.
Both large and small have pros and cons…
Depends on your training location or transportation needs.
Reversable are cool because you can use one side to keep the ball low, whereas the other side will pop the ball up.
In addition, two players can be using it at once.
Let’s face it, not all products last long.
How much you use it, take care of and then there is quality in material/build.
With this is mind, think about where you’ll be keeping your new toy.
6 soccer rebounders worth buying
My favorite. The price is worth it because the size allows for more reps and aerial control.
Size: 5ft x 6ft for the small sized rebound wall and a large 7ft x 8ft
Small and light to transport by hand or fit in a car without having to take it apart.
Size: 42×18 inches – 32 lbs
One of the best boards!
It’s more expensive, but is solid and has more angles than most boards.
Size: 27.5×46 inches rebound surface – 50 lbs
This easy to use hand held rebounder is good for goal keepers and field players.
Multiple training options: Goalkeeping, volleys, reaction, aerial first touch. Although, requires an extra person.
Size: 38×38 inches
Probably the most popular. Also budget friendly. The ball doesn’t come back as fast as other products.
Small, but to put inside a smaller car, you’d probably have to take it apart – 3 min job.
A large rebounder and goal in 1 is great for the backyard.
Arguably the best overall due to multiple use, BUT it takes a few hours to put together.
Size: The large size Open Goal includes both a 16-foot long by 7-foot tall soccer goal and a 29-foot long by 10-foot tall rebound backstop
Using 2 rebounders or walls together
By far one of the best things you can do is combine two walls/rebounders!
Set 2 rebounders at a 90 or 45 degree angle…
Try to position yourself about 5-10 yards from each.
If you have a wall use it!
There’s certainly no need to buy 2 rebounders if you don’t have to.
Look around and maybe you can find two walls similar to this.
“You don’t have to buy a rebounder if you can use a wall or even make one out of wood or cinder blocks.”
Training drills to improve first touch and passing
There are many ways to practice…
Different distances and angles are fun to work with.
Therefore, practice passing stationary and on the dribble.
Watch these 15 drills below
One of the most important skills is being able to settle the ball.
As can be seen in the video below, notice how the ball hits the ground most of the time, just before she touches it.
The composure to take steps between touches is also very important!
COACHING POINTS in this DRILL BELOW:
Try to trap the ball with one foot and pass with the other.
Take 3 steps between touches.
There are a few times she had to adjust and use a different technique, which is fine.
Above all, put in the work and get your reps.
How to keep your rebounder steady
Some rebound nets and boards are light… Therefore, it moves when you kick the ball at it.
Things to keep it steady:
- Stakes [for grass fields] you might need a rubber mallet to hammer it in the ground.
- Sand bags [for any surface]
- Corner flag poles to stick in the ground behind the rebounder
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