Fitness and Diet

Fitter teams win more games – it’s as simple as that. Of course, we know that most clubs will not have a fitness trainer or a well-equipped gym. But there is a lot you can do yourself. The drills in this section look at how you can help your players to get fit, stay fit, avoid injury and recover more quickly. How many times have you seen a close game decided in the last 10 minutes because one team is fit and the other is running out of energy?

Pre-season Week 4: Stepping up

The start of the season is almost upon us, and over the last three weeks you’ll have seen your players getting into the sort of physical and mental shape that is going to guide them through a long season ahead. The last pre-season training session is all about stepping up and brushing up. You’re looking for the final pieces of […]

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Pre-season Week 3: Assessing your players

Pre-season training is in full swing. You’ve recapped the basics of passing, possession and fitness, and there has been plenty of small-sided game-play thrown into the mix as well, but now you want to delve down into what your players are going to produce this coming season. Timeline 0mins: Refresh from last week 3mins: Light jogging 6mins: Static stretches 9mins: Light jogging […]

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Pre-season Week 2: Developing skills

The first pre-season training session back after the summer break gives everyone the chance to link up, brush off the cobwebs and get back to soccer. But the second training session is, in theory, where the hard work really begins. So having eased yourself and your players back into the swing of things, now is really […]

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Soccer coaching tips to tackle cramp

Cramp is a common injury that affects hard working muscles such as the calves in soccer players. The following soccer coaching tips tell you what to do when this happens and how to avoid it. Cramp occurs when a muscle goes into spasm and refuses to relax. The pain in the affected muscle can range […]

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Sit up drills for soccer players

Sit-ups are important exercises to include in fitness drills, as they help strengthen the abdominals, the group of muscles around your middle. The basic sit-up has the player rise up straight from the ground and then return, but not so the shoulders touch the ground. There is no need to go fully through with the […]

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Tug of war soccer drill to build teamwork

Playing games can help you coach your players to understand how tactics and team work can make you into a better team. This soccer drill version of the traditional tug-of-war game uses four teams and means simple strength will not be enough to win. In multi-way tug-of-war, four teams each have a rope connected to […]

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Speed training soccer drill

Being outpaced to the ball is a frustrating situation, so make sure you incorporate speed training drills into your soccer coaching sessions. Explosive bursts of speed Tackling fast defenders is part of every soccer game, but your players can prepare for this with a simple soccer training drill that can be practised two or three […]

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