Skill, is the key word within the Football Federation Australia national curriculum. When you take any of the Junior coaching badges they are all about getting youth players technically ready for what is currently know as the Skill Acquisition Program. I totally understand it. In the past Australian players have been seen as lacking in technique and creativity. But by pushing and drilling coaches about the skill aspect have the FFA scared them out of working on strength and speed, both of which our vital components of world class footballers.


There is a myth that the likes of Barcelona and Ajax forego strength training and they are two of the best producers of top class professional football players in the history of the game.

This is why I recommend working on your players strength by using a few simple exercises.

Vertical Lift

Explosiveness is an important part of this exercise as it helps improve vertical lift.
Players should work with 1.5 kg, 2 kg and 2.5 kg as weight. To maximise the benefit of this exercise we recommending 4-6 jumps max.

If the player starts to struggle ( slows down ) we recommend stopping or decreasing the weight.

This boys U16 Heart Wings World Football Institute

4-6 times – 3 repetitions at 2.5 kg