What is the main difference between a top-class five-a-side football player and average one?
Good players simply do not make mistakes and if they do they tend to remember and not make the same one again, in effect they continually learn…
5-a-side football is usually played between friends and tends to be light-hearted and not particularly over competitive, however, there are certain things that you can do to make yourself a better all-round player…
In no particular oder, here are our top 10 tips to becoming a better 5-a-side footballer;
- Don’t stand idle on the pitch (or 5-a-side court), football is all about moving, creating space and passing; and this applies to five-a-side football too… If you are not moving, then you are useless and are better off warming the bench!
- Ensure that you cover the pitch (or court) as quickly as possible, ensure that you can move from defence to attack rapidly, particularly when you have the ball in possession., If you lose possession, then your team assumes a defensive formation and it is important that you don’t get caught in between.
- Utilise your goalkeeper as though they were an outfield player and in effect a fifth man, when you have possession involve him to build from the back and to retain possession if you are being closed down.
- Don’t over commit all your outfield players when attacking particularly in a tight game, always look to leave someone to ‘sweep up‘ if your attack breaks down.
- It’s a good idea for your outfield players to choose an opponent and stick to marking that one person, zonal marking doesn’t work in 5-a-sde football (does it actually work in 11-a-side?!)
- Concentration is key in a fast moving 5-a-side game, if you switch off for just one second your opponent could easily run down your blind side and score a decisive goal.
- Don’t Solely rely on your in-step to control the ball, try using the sole of your foot as this gives you better control of the ball and more flexibility thus making you less predictable.
- Don’t just rely on your physical presence, five-a-side football is a fast, skill-based game and as such, there is very little room for strong tackling and physicality.
- Don’t assume that you have just one position in the game, 5-a-side football requires you be a defender and goalscoring attacker.
- Don’t dell on the ball otherwise you will likely lose possession – you need to be fleet-footed and quick thinking to get ahead of your opponent.