Towards the spectrum's left, practices focus on helping players develop their technique. This is about the mechanics of an action. For example, how a player passes, dribbles, shoots or turns.
Towards the spectrum's right, practices focus on helping players to develop their level of skill. This is about using a technique in the right place and at the right time. To work on skill, players need to experience a realistic football environment.
Below, we explore each area of the spectrum in more detail.
This type of practice involves no opposition. These can be solo activities, for instance where players learn to master the ball, or where everyone is on the same team. For example, a simple game of two players passing the ball to each other.
Unopposed practices are great for working on a specific technique (like short passes). However, they aren’t the most engaging of activities.