Soccer Rebounder Reviews
I was taking a 10 minute break from refereeing the weekly 7-aside tournament, so I thought I’d collect some stray balls. There was one ball in the far corner of Pitch 3.
As I’m taking my time to go and collect the ball thinking about how nice a cuppa-tea and some biscuits will be when I get home I start to hear some voices from beyond the 3G pitches behind the wire-meshed fence.
When I got to the edge of the pitches I was actually surprised to see 3 people doing some training – 2 young lads and an older guy, the coach.
He was using a piece of equipment I had heard about but never actually seen used. I mean nearly every coach I knew at the time would carry as little equipment as possible!
What was he using?
There he was, feeding the ball off the rebounder towards the goal where the two young goalkeepers were.
Not only that, but he was getting each player to take it in turns to feed the ball to the rebounder then take shots at each other – using both hands AND feet.
It was pretty impressive to watch to be honest. All while, he was on a dark field lite up only by the floodlights that we we’re using – hence the reason he was so close to the fence.
Creating Effective Soccer Training Sessions
The thing is, this coach was really coaching in an all-inclusive, progressive and specific way – all while saving himself money using our lights!
Soccer rebounders aren’t just extremely useful for Goalkeepers though. They can also be useful for ALL players to;
- Improve their first touch (head, chest, thighs and feet)
- Work on their volley’s without having to keep chasing the ball
- Strengthen weaker foot
- Improve agility and reaction time
- Develop all-round shot accuracy (including heading)
- Improving throwing accuracy
- Challenge them appropriately based on your players individual skill level
…the list could go on. But I’m sure you get the point. A soccer rebounder can be highly effective in improving your players’ all-round game all whilst mimicking real-life scenarios.
You could use one soccer rebounder to improve your players basic and foundational skills, or add a few more rebounders in the mix to really up the pace and challenge.
What’s more, is that soccer rebounders are another fantastic way to keep your players engaged while having fun. Which are the perfect conditions for a positive learning environment.
Like everything however, having too many options usually leads to not doing anything at all! Which ultimately effects the way we develop as a coach, and how to we develop our players too.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 best soccer rebounders currently on offer.
Top 5 Best Soccer Rebounders To Help Support Your Players Key Development Areas
1st Rebound Net: Tekk Trainer Review
Called the "Father of Rebounders" by some professionals - The Tekk Trainer is one beautiful piece of kit. Not the most portable soccer rebounder on the market but one things for sure, the ...
The TEKK Trainer is one of the bigger ‘players’ in the game of Soccer Rebounders. Used in soccer academies all over the world, the TEKK Trainer can add that professional edge to your sessions, players and overall training philosophy.
(Check out PSC’s TEKK Trainer review here if you’re interested in finding out more.)
With 40 Sq. feet of surface area, you’ll be able to not only be able to carry more ‘bang for your buck’ but you’ll also challenge your players and develop them even further with its ability to change through 7 positions.
Yep, the TEKK Trainer can be used at 7 different angles to push your players and your sessions up a notch.
It doesn’t come cheap, but if you’ve got the budget you players will say thank you in more ways than one! You can check out the latest price of the TEKK Trainer here on Amazon.
2nd Rebound Net: SKLZ Quickster Soccer Trainer Review
Here we'eve got a brilliantly designed soccer rebounder - or Trainer as SKLZ like to call it that can help your players development on more than one level - literally. Two thumbs up from everyone at ...
SKLZ are known for their slightly ‘out of the ordinary’ design. The SKLZ Quickster Soccer Trainer is no different.
As you’ll see from the picture, there are two separate rebounder nets that actually aims to develop your players in a highly realistic way.
You’ve got one smaller net that’s great for ground passes, and a slightly bigger one that mimics a similar ball ‘flight-path’ to other soccer rebounders.
I really like this idea. If you watch the video on this page here, you’ll notice that the coach has two players using the same rebounder at the same time. Fantastic if you’ve got a bigger groups to coach and great for session differentiation.
The SKLZ soccer rebounder only weighs in at a measly 1.6lbs, and even with its carry case and 4 stakes to fasten it to the ground it still would come in as our lightest and most portable soccer rebounder.
Another thing that SKLZ has over its competitors it that it’s extremely easy store. Got a set of portable goals? The SKLZ Quickster Soccer Trainer would defiantly look right at home.
3rd Rebound Net: Kwik Goal AFR-2 Rebounder Review
Another large surface area soccer rebounder with a great review rating from customers. The Kwik Goal AFR-2 is the second edition soccer rebounder from Kwik Goal. Fantastic for multiple age groups.
At 5 x 8, the Kwik Goal AFR-2 Rebounder comes in as the same size as the TEKK Trainer – great if you need a large area for multiple impact points.
The AFR-2 comes complete with bungee net fasteners that add that are easy to attach to the frame and add that extra stability to your net but are also equally easy to replace if they snap – giving the AFR-2 extra added life!
The great thing about this soccer rebounder is the movable target, which can not only give your players a visual training aid, but also gives YOU, the coach, a marker for best angle to aim for when training your goalkeepers for example.
The AFR-2 does have a pricier option in the AFR-1. The AFR-1 is bigger, heavier and comes with a larger movable target which is great for younger players.
However, if you’re looking for a soccer rebounder that’s durable, does a great job and weighs in at a reasonable weight – I’d recommend the AFR-2!
4th Rebound Net: Trigon Sports 6×12 Soccer Rebounder Review
Now, this is a pretty large soccer rebounder. Not for everyone, but if you're looking to keep your rebound permanently assembled then the Trigon Soccer Rebounder could be what you're looking for
Coming in at 72 Sq. ft, this soccer rebounder from Trigon Sports is our biggest soccer rebounder in the top 5.
In the summer, we work in and around various housing estates, bringing soccer to the young people in that area. A lot of the time they have this big immovable back-stop to stop stray balls going well past a goal with no net. They work great even for the most unskilled player as they usual cover space beyond goal dimensions.
Having such a large surface area, this soccer rebounder can actually double up as back-stop – the best thing however, is you can pack it up and move it with you to other venues. Great way to save precious coaching time.
Made from galvanized steel tubes, the 6×12 soccer rebounder is pretty well made that will take the brunt of a lot of shots, from both younger and older people.
After reading some of the reviews over at Amazon, the feedback about customer service seems to be the one thing stands out.
Another thing that a lot of people are saying is that it’s great value for money – which is especially decent if you’re on a budget.
If you’re looking for a no thrills, durable soccer rebounder that does the job (in more ways than one!), then I would defiantly check it out.
5th Rebound Net: Franklin Adjustable Training Soccer Rebounder Review
If the Tekk Trainer is slightly out of your budget, then the Franklin Adjustable Training Soccer Rebounder could be up your street. While not as big as most of our other soccer rebounders, this ...
With a surface area of 24 sq ft it certainly isn’t the biggest rebounder on this list, but it does have the extra added benefit of having multiple angles for your players to aim at – which again is great for varying the skills and the challenge level of those skills you’re trying to teach.
If you haven’t got the budget for the TEKK Trainer, then this could be seen as its cheaper option. However, it’s well noting that using bungee cords this thin and loose could be a major pain when they start to go.
You can see from the product pictures themselves the TEKK Trainer defiantly looks a lot more durable than the Franklin – but if you’re looking for a cheaper version to use with the little ones (7 and under I’d say) the Franklin Adjustable Soccer Rebounder might be just what you’re looking for.
Soccer Rebounder Reviews: Rebounding….back to the beginning.
Overall, we’ve got some pretty decent soccer rebounders on the market at the minute. As the idea of using a soccer rebounder spreads, expect to see more advancements like the SKLZ Soccer Trainer.
If you’re on a budget then the SKLZ or the Franklin may be the best option. Both are built differently, with SKLZ mimicking their unique design while the Franklin is made from a steel frame.
Most portable? Has to be the SKLZ again. While the shipping weight is considerably heavier – the actual weight of the rebounder is feathers compared to the others!
If you’re looking to take your training up a notch, and really look to challenge your players then the TEKK Trainer could do wonders.
Considerably more durable than most others and has the added advantage of being used in professional academies around the world.
You need to pick a trainer that not only coincides with what you willing to spend (obviously!) but also what will compliment your training sessions for your players.
At the end of the day, it our players development that matters most!
Which soccer rebounder are you going to use?
Take Care & Stay Focused!