We asked Puma player and Fifa World Player of the Year Marta to tell us about her five favourite training drills on the field. Here's what she said:
1. Dribbling: "I like all drills that improve your skills with the ball, especially where you slalom between the cones while running with the ball. It's important to keep your head up."
2. Offence: "I am a big fan of all attacking exercises. It's important to simulate real action at a quick pace, so that in a game situation your brain is faster to react. I mostly like the ones where we pass the ball around quickly and take shots from outside the box."
3. Set plays: "You can never practice enough free kicks. They are extremely difficult to execute and therefore need a lot of practice. But once you get the hang of it, it just seems natural. At lower levels of the game, players don't realise how important free kick chances are. At our level, it can change the game with one kick. I like to practice crosses and shots at goal."
4. Four vs one: "This is a classic football drill of keeping one person in the middle as a defender. In Portuguese we call them 'middles'. It helps your quick thinking on the pitch. It helps you see more clearly and improves your reactions and ball touch. It's always a relaxed exercise that is fun. And it even gives you the opportunity to make fun of a friend."
5. Passing: "Although four vs. one helps with short passes, I believe that part of the beauty of the game is its speed and being able to change position regularly improves the pace of the game and its beauty. It seems easy, but you always need to improve. It is not just about placing the ball far away, it is also being able to do that without looking, hoping that your teammate will be there."