Pre-season training was traditionally about improving fitness. After a break players needed to be whipped into shape before they went back to playing competitive games.

Nowadays the idea of using pre-season solely to build fitness has been left behind.


In youth soccer players simply don't become "unfit". When the season ends they don't suddenly pile on weight or stop moving so there isn't the need to undo the effects of a summer of excess.

This is great news for players who previously found themselves doing hill runs or stair sprints. Now pre-season is (or should be!) all about familiarising yourself with the ball.

Of course, there's always an element of fitness but it's by no means the be-all and end-all.

Four-week Pre-Season Plan

Not sure where to start? Try our four week pre-season plan and get your players ready for their best ever season


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6 great games for pre-season training

in Pre-season, Small Sided Games

Turning up for friendly games, or for the first match of the season, needs planning. Do your players know where to play or what tactics you will use? Do they know if it’s 7v7 or 9v9? You need to get your players into the swing of match play again so playing appropriate games and activities... MORE

Pre-season | Week 2: Developing skills

in Pre-season, Tips and advice

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 the time to extend thinking, develop ideas and deliver a programme that will see your team flourish. MORE

Pre-season focus on goalkeeping

in Email newsletters, Goalkeeping, Pre-season

Goalkeepers may not cover the whole pitch during a game, or sprint or dash back to cover a counter-attack, but they still need to be fit. Fitness throughout the season is imperative, so putting in the hard yards during pre-season is vital. Here are 6 ways to help your goalkeeper get back into shape for... MORE

Barcelona rondo

Rondo decisions

in Pre-season, Warm Ups

This fun rondo game has everything your team needs for a good pre-season workout. It offers plenty of movement for your players and sharpens their control and technique too. MORE

Pre-season training feature

Are you ready for pre-season training?

in Pre-season, Team Management

The first week back at training often means pain in terms of getting back to fitness. Depending on how your players have spent the summer it can be hard work for them. Muscles seize up, legs tire out and the next day players feel stiff and sore. Getting in shape for the big kick-off means... MORE

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