Fitness for football
Being a soccer coach means more than knowing how to execute a particular soccer skill, run a soccer drill, or set up a formation. The soccer coaching advice in this section highlights the important issues facing coaches and shows you how to approach them to become a better coach. These articles look at issues such as playing against sides that cheat, coping with problem players, getting a winning mentality and much more.
With the temptations that come with the Christmas season I thought all coaches – and I include myself in that – should be doing some crunching fitness exercises.
Young players can often get bored by fitness exercises, they just want to play.
Using a combination of jumps is a great way to help young muscles get warmed up before a match.
This is a great little fitness drill that pits your players’ wits against each other. They must listen for your call and react to it.
Keeping your triangle of cones from the warm up above, you can use it to do a series of short sprints to prepare your players for a match. It gets the blood circulating in their legs and prepares them for the short sprints used regularly in game situations.
Nutrition and diet is an area we can all improve on and as football coaches we are in a strong position to influence players to become healthier to improve their football fitness.
This chasing game is great fun for your players but it disguises the amount of skill they need to use to make it work. It replicates the changing pace that players use in matches coupled with skill to fool the chasing player.
How? Simply by getting them to sleep more. A good night of sleep is vital to a football player’s physical and mental preparation for a game.
The best sessions are when you can get your players to use their skill, technique, fitness and most of all their concentration from the word go. Keep them moving and learning with this great exercise, says David Clarke.