Use this fast paced training game to get two centre midfielders and a defensive midfielder moving quickly into positions to support each other, just like they would in a match. Why use it This is a refresher for players to get into supporting positions when they are near the player with the ball. Set up […]
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?
Fitness for football
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.