Warm Ups

Warm-ups and cool-downs are two of the most important aspects of your training and match day routines.

It’s vital that your players warm-up and cool-down properly in order to maximise their performance and reduce the risk of injury. We tell you how and why warm-ups and cool-downs work and we suggest some activities that you might try with your team.

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Fun pre-match activity

This fun activity is perfect for use on match days, allowing you to warm up your players’ passing and moving technique. Difficulty Rating – 4 out of 5 stars Good technical warm up but does require the player in the centre to move quickly to keep the session going – the progression adds movement which […]

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Pre-match warm-up

Pre-match warm-up

This session works on encouraging communication and good passing and getting players to drive into space and hit the target. Why use it This is excellent for team play with individuals linking and passing to create a goal scoring chance in the penalty area. Set up You need balls, bibs, cones and a goal. Set […]

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5 minute warm-ups for Strength and Power, and Speed and Agility

Strength and Power This is an excellent warm-up that practises good ball skills whilst getting players ‘switched on’ in terms of movement, speed and ball control. Players should get a good feel of the pace of the ball when they take the shot at goal – the ‘race’ adds pressure. SET UP Arrange the players in pairs and tell them to react to […]

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Fun warm up game for marking skills

Get your players to lose their markers with this fun warm up game from Michael Beale. Marking skills game Each player must put a bib in the back of his shorts. The players must move around the area and try to pull someone else's bib away. They must also try to protect their own bib. […]

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Warm down soccer drill using Aussie rules

A great way to get your players to warm-down after a training drill session is by using this Aussie rules drill. Players hold the ball in their hands and volley it to pass – when they catch the ball they have to stand still before making the next volleyed pass. The opposition has to intercept […]

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Soccer coaching tips for better warm up drills

Why is it crucial for your players to warm up properly and what should be included in your soccer warm-up drills? The main purpose of getting your players to work on their warm-up soccer drills is to raise their heart rate and increase the flow of blood to the muscles. So running activities should always […]

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Soccer warm up drill for young players

In this soccer warm-up drill ask your players to form a line in front of you and call out a number of different moves for them to carry out. This is a great warm-up drill for very young players because they have to concentrate on what you are saying so they can do the moves […]

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Jogging and stretching soccer warm up drills

Soccer (football) warm-up drills are essential to prevent injury and prepare your players for both training sessions and matches. Use the following ideas for fun and effective, all-round warm ups. Start the soccer (football) drill Get your players to kick off the soccer warm-up drill by doing five minutes of light activity, such as walking […]

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