Improve your aerial first-touch and passing with the m-station rebounder
Get going with the m-station rebounder and practice your touch and passing in the air in one sequence. Find the drills on your MuninPlay app and track your performance to continue improving day by day.
A CONTROLLED TOUCH INTO THE PERFECT PASS
Mid-air passes are not a common sight in official matches, but practicing them is not just about preparing for in-game situations; it is also about feeling comfortable on the ball and understanding its movement in the air. Inevitably, you are going to face bouncing balls during matches that require sublime control.
In order to make the perfect pass from a controlled mid-air touch, use the inside of your foot. As you gradually feel more comfortable, start using your instep. An instep kick is harder to control, but it is significantly more effective.
1. TWO-FOOTED CONTROL
While you probably have a preferred foot, you still have to practice your weak foot. This drill offers a very simple way to practice both feet so you do not mess up a simple pass because you only have one strong foot.
Step 1: Drop the ball at your feet, and after it bounces once (or before it bounces at all), lightly pass it to the rebounder using one foot
Step 2: Allow the ball to bounce off the net
Step 3: Before the ball touches the ground, receive it with the other foot and lightly pass it to the rebounder
Repeat until you can do this in full control. Track your progress in the MuninPlay app to make sure you continue to improve.
Difficulty: 1 out of 3
2. VOLLEY-PASS CONTROL
Striking a half volley is usually easier than hitting a traditional volley, because you understand the ball’s movement better when you see the ball bounce. Use only one foot at a time for this drill, and start with your right foot.
Step 1: Drop the ball and let it bounce once before making a pass to the rebounder with your right foot
Step 2: Allow the ball to bounce off the net and move your feet to prepare to receive the ball
Step 3: Allow the ball to bounce once, and make a right-footed first-time half-volley pass to the rebounder
Repeat until you feel comfortable, and then practice with your left foot.
Difficulty: 2 out of 3
3. INSTEP TOUCH & VOLLEY PASS
This drill is significantly harder than the previous two, but if you get the hang of it, consider yourself technically gifted. It looks similar to drill number 2, but instead of letting the ball bounce in front of you, make an instep first touch and keep the ball in the air. Start with your right foot.
Step 1: Drop the ball at your feet and let it bounce once before making a pass to the rebounder with your right foot
Step 2: Allow the ball to bounce off the net, and before it touches the ground, make a right-footed instep first touch
Step 3: Before the ball touches the ground, make a right-footed half-volley pass to the net
Do not let the ball hit the ground when you get into a rhythm. Switch to your left foot at some point to train both feet. Keep track of your development on the MuninPlay app.
Difficulty: 3 out of 3
If you are looking to practice your aerial first-touch and passing even further, visit our YouTube channel to find more drills.