The advantages of using music during football sessions (Hindes. L, 2009)

1. Better skill acquisition. E.g. If attempting a new skill like the drag back turn, this new skill will be achieved and also used at the right time more rapidly under music conditions.

2. Concentration is high during the football to music sessions. Children are less distracted by others around them and less distracting to others therefore their behaviour is better.

3. Children are more creative. Instead of clearing the ball as far away from them as possible, they receive the ball with a positive first touch and are willing to attempt skills learned in sessions or their own individual skills, or use a creative pass.

4. More movement off the ball. Football is not all about what you can do on the ball, it’s about intelligent movement off the ball and the introduction of music seems to encourage that movement. Also the tempo of the games played are a lot faster - high tempo music will encourage a high tempo game.


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Music contains the power to seize attention, raise morale, create emotion, alter mood, act as a reminder of previous memories, raise work rate, increase confidence, and promote rhythm to movement

The happy and uplifting dance music encourages more creativity, more enjoyment and more freedom. In this way it aims to re-create the atmosphere and environment of street football. It provides the players (and coaches!) with the motivation and inspiration to move, sway and deceive opponents.

Best of all the music means the children can get on with enjoying and experimenting without the interference of adults screaming instructions at them! This helps develop independent players who are not reliant on coaches to tell them what to do.

The music is very effectively used to puntuate teaching times. When the music is stopped, there is a sudden silence which captures the attention of the players. In this silence, the coach can work effectively - demonstrating, asking questions and suggesting alternatives. Once the coach is finished, the music is back on, and the players know it is their time to play and experiment again.

What type of music do we play? Anything high tempo, child-friendly and with happy lyrics! We have been working with various dance DJs to provide the MoF sessions with music that has a continual and uplifting beat.

For more info and inspiration on the power of music to enhance performance visit AudioFuel.

Further reading:

Can music help footballers play better?

Does music help you run faster?


Luke Hindes, Assistant Coach at MoF, has completed his Sports Science study on the use of music to enhance enjoyment and performance in Football training. In this study, Luke monitored the heart-rate of participants in music and non-music sessions, and measured the perceived work-rate and enjoyment. He found that there was significantly higher perceived effort and significantly lower enjoyment in the non-music session. His main findings are in the left side-bar.