While it can be a lot of fun to go out and play soccer with your friends or your team, at some point, you may want to focus more on improving your skills and working on the weak parts of your game. Rebounders have long been a valuable tool for people who do not have an abundance of people to play with or who want to really work on a specific skill area.
One of the biggest benefits of having a rebounder is that you really only need one ball and you can get a lot of practice done. Normally, if you were playing with friends or practicing shooting on your own, you would end up spending a lot of time chasing after balls. With a rebounder, not only can you get more practice at striking a ball, but those balls are going to come back to you and you can practice your ball receiving skills as well. Have you always dreamed about killing a quick pass with your instep? Get yourself a rebounder and you may very well be doing just that.
What Are Soccer Rebounders?
There are several different types of rebounders, some of which are freestanding, while others are can be permanently or temporarily affixed to an existing set of goalposts or some other structure. Some of the more popular models are completely portable and can be folded up and taken to any field or used in a backyard. If portability is key to you then look out for rebounders that can be easily packed away and carried around, many modern rebounders are designed so they can be quickly packed into backpack sized package. If possible try to find an online or in person demo of the rebounder you are interested in being packed away. If your rebounder can be packed away quickly, then you’ll have more time available to practice your soccer skills!
For players who want a more realistic experience with a full-size goal, choosing a soccer rebounder that fits a standard size goal is usually a good idea. By using one of these, you will get good experience shooting at the corners, or at specific spots that you can define in any number of ways. Many rebounders come with targets that you can fix to the rebounder meaning you can immediately evaluate your skill in aiming at a specific area of the goal.
Our Favourite Soccer Rebounders
The rebounder that is right for you will generally be one that can be set up very quickly and taken down quickly, too. Ideally, the rebounder should be sturdy enough to stand up to high-powered shots and a fair amount of weather, though most rebounders should not be left out in the elements. The two rebounders that are described below are very different in nature, but they both can help to create better skills in both youth and adult players.
Victory Soccer Rebounder
The Victory Soccer Rebounder has proven to be one of the most popular rebounders that is on the market today. The rebounder able to convert a soccer goal into a full rebounder net in just a matter of minutes, even if you are by yourself. It is easy to setup, easy to use, and you can even integrate movable targets into the net to help increase your skill set.
This comes with everything that you need to get started, including an extension pole and hooks so that reaching an 8 foot crossbar is easy for anyone. It also has its own carrying bag, galvanized stakes, and all the cords, hooks, and extensions you will need.
Soccer Innovations Reaction Rebounder
What makes the Soccer Innovations Reaction Rebounder such a unique device is that it can actually function as two different skill improving products. On one hand, this can act as a screen in order to help improve the reaction time of goalies. In this mode a blocking screen can be erected using the rebounder and then shots can be fired around the rebounder meaning that goalkeepers won’t see the shots until late which will give them excellent practice in reacting to shots quickly. So, if you’re a goalkeeper who wants to brush up on his free kick saving skills then this could be just the training aid you have been looking for.
The other benefit of the Soccer Innovations Reaction Rebounder is that it also functions as a rebounder for when you are playing by yourself or when you are trying to perfect certain skills.
This device takes only a few minutes to set up either as a rebounder or a screen, and can quickly be packed up into a small bag for travel. In short, this is the ideal skill enhancing product for both goalkeepers and out field players alike.