Football Rebounder Drills

Posted on: November 13th, 2019 | by Laura Murdoch | No Comments

Last Updated on: 27th March 2024, 09:57 am

We’ve previously looked at drills using agility ladders, hurdles, and training cones on our blog. Today is all about the football rebounder. Getting your hands on a rebounder is a great way to help improve your skills. It’s the perfect tool for team training or solo practice in your garden. When you’re in your garden at home, a rebounder can take the place of your passing companion. It’s an incredibly useful device and, most importantly, means you can practice different skills without needing to chase your ball!

Football RebounderIt’s also a brilliant training aid for coaches. Instead of spending your time feeding balls to your players, you’ll be able to focus on what they’re doing. So you can take in their form and offer helpful feedback. A rebounder is a great piece of training equipment that can keep your players engaged and help develop their skills.


Football Training Rebounder

So, you definitely won’t regret getting your hands on one of our rebounders. Whether you’re looking for something to set up in your back garden or bring to your next training session, it’s a great option. It has a lightweight steel frame that’s robust enough to handle anything you might kick its way but is still easy to carry. It folds away which means it’s easy to transport to practice and store when you’re done.

The frame measures 1m by 1m so you’ll have a large enough area to aim for. The spring-loaded rebound area will return your ball to you with ease and the adjustable frame lets you alter the angle. This means you can change the trajectory of the returning balls to focus on different skills.

Replicating In-Game Scenarios

A rebounder is a great piece of equipment for solo practice because it can create realistic on-pitch situations. As the rebounder sends the ball back, it forces you to think and move quickly. Your body is forced to react as it would in a game which helps your development. You can use your rebounder alongside other training equipment to improve all aspects of your game.

Football rebounder on a football pitch

Good For Goalkeepers

Football rebounders are great for training your goalkeepers. With the possibility to adjust the angle, they can force your keeper to deal with incoming shots of different heights and speeds. This piece of equipment means that a keeper can practice being in goal without needing loads of people around. They’ll be able to practice stopping and catching footballs for as long as they need.

Using a rebounder can help improve reaction time, footwork, and even throwing and kicking. The possibilities are endless and it will bring a new level to your goalkeeper training. Check out this video of Everton FC U21s to see how intense goalkeeper training with a rebounder can get.


Develop Your Skills

This one piece of equipment offers your players the chance to do a great deal. These are just a few of the possibilities of how you can use it:

  • Improve first touch (head, chest, thighs and feet)
  • Work on volleys
  • Strengthen weaker foot
  • Improve agility and reaction time
  • Work on shot accuracy
  • Increase heading accuracy
  • Improving throwing accuracy

The rebounder is a key training aid for all players because of how versatile it is. If you are looking to step up your training, pick one up for the garden and you can develop your skills whenever you want.


Rebounder drill passing


Great For Children

A football rebounder is a great tool for a youngster who is just starting their football journey. They can be a fun and engaging way to learn the skills they need. A rebounder lets them practice at their own pace and focus on the aspects of the game that they need to improve most. Get your children a rebounder and help them develop their handling, passing and shooting to provide a foundation for their future progress.

How To Use A Football Rebounder

You can use a rebounder in your training drills in plenty of ways. It all depends on what you want to focus on. Players can work on developing their skills in an individual setting or they can be used as part of more intricate drills. But even the simplest of drills can be effective. Repetition is the key to mastering any skill. Repeating the same basic task over and over will build muscle memory.

For example, using a rebounder to practice passing will mean you become more aware of what a good pass feels like on your foot. Soon it will become second nature and you’ll be passing like the best of them.

Rebounder Games for Solo Practice

Rebounders are great for solo practice because they can stand in for other players. Set one up in your garden and you’ll be able to develop your skills whenever you want. Here are a few drills and games that you can set up in your garden.

Target Practice

    • Set up targets (training cones, buckets, or any other objects) around the rebounder.
    • Assign a point value to each target depending on how difficult they are to hit.
    • Aim to hit specific targets by passing or shooting the ball against the rebounder.
    • Keep going for a specified amount of time/passes and work out your score.
    • Play again and try to beat your score.

Shooting Football Rebounder DrillDribble and Rebound

    • Set up the rebounder in one section of your garden.
    • Dribble the ball around the garden using all of the space available.
    • Pass the ball against the rebounder and then continue dribbling.
    • Incorporate quick changes of direction and variations in dribbling techniques.

Shooting Challenge

    • Set up a goal or designated target area.
    • Shoot the ball against the rebounder and then quickly position yourself for a follow-up shot on goal.
    • Work on both accuracy and finishing skills.

Crossbar Challenge

    • Set up the rebounder in front of the goal.
    • Try to hit the crossbar by shooting the ball against the rebounder.
    • Adjust the distance and angle to increase the difficulty.

Juggling Competition

    • Juggle the ball a few times and then pass it against the rebounder.
    • Continue juggling after the rebound and repeat the process.
    • Challenge yourself to see how many juggles you can maintain in between rebounds.

Team Training Drills

You can easily incorporate a football rebounder into your team training sessions. Here are a few drills that will help your players develop their basic skills.

Pendle Football Rebounder Action Shot

Passing Accuracy Drill:

    • Place the rebounder in the centre of a square grid.
    • Give each player a ball and have them form a circle around the rebounder
    • Each player passes their ball to the rebounder. Get them to control the return with a specific surface (e.g. inside foot, outside foot, instep). Encourage quick, accurate passes.

Increase difficulty: Increase the distance between the players and the rebounders. Require one-touch passes or limit the number of touches.

First Touch Drill:

    • Divide your players into pairs and have them stand facing the rebounder.
    • One player passes the ball to the rebounder. Their partner must control the returned ball with their first touch before passing it back.

Increase difficulty: Increase the distance between the players and the rebounders. Require one-touch passes or limit the number of touches.

Volleying Drill:

    • Set up the rebounder at an angle. Give each player a ball and have them stand in a line facing the rebounder.
    • Each player serves the ball to the rebounder with one touch and then volley it back with precision.
    • Have players work on both instep and laces volleys.

Increase difficulty: Increase the angle of the rebounder to make the returns more unpredictable.

Dribbling and Passing Drill:

    • Set up a series of cones or training markers in front of the rebounder.
    • Have players dribble the ball through the cones and then pass it against the rebounder.
    • Incorporate quick changes of direction and work on tight ball control.

Increase difficulty: Increase the angle of the rebounder to make the returns more unpredictable.

1v1 Rebounder Game:

    • Divide the players into pairs. Position a rebounder between them and place a goal on either side.
    • One player passes the ball to the rebounder. Both players compete to get the ball in each other’s goals. Players take turns being the attacker and defender.

Increase difficulty: Reduce the size of the goals or increase the distance between the rebounder and goals. Limit touches for the attacker to encourage quick decision-making.

More Football Rebounder Drills

For ideas of how to use your rebounder then check out the following videos

Buy Your Football Rebounder Now

Hopefully, we’ve inspired you to start using a football rebounder to help with your training. So, all you need to do now is get your hands on one. Head to our training equipment page to grab one and stock up on additional equipment to put your players through their paces.



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