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?

Continuous 2v2 game

in Fitness and Diet, Small Sided Games

Young players can often get bored by fitness exercises, they just want to play. So keep their interest high with this game from Michael Beale's 64 Small-Sided Soccer Games manual. It's a great way of giving your players a good workout. MORE

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

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

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... MORE

Soccer coaching tips to tackle cramp

in Fitness and Diet, Tips and advice

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... MORE

Jogging and stretching soccer warm up drills

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

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... MORE

Sit up drills for soccer players

in Fitness and Diet, Soccer drills and skills

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... MORE

Arrowhead soccer warm up drill

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This great soccer warm-up drill gets your players moving in different directions and working on skills such as sprinting, turning and agility. It’s a simple soccer drill to set up, so you can have four or five drills going at once and spread your players out. Warm up drill set up tips You need to... MORE

One touch soccer speed drill

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This soccer drill is what good training sessions are all about, it will help warm up your players and give them a good skill-building session with fitness and fun thrown in. This is a great drill for a training session The drill has all the ingredients you want for youth soccer coaching drills: skill, speed,... MORE

Speed training soccer drill

in Fitness and Diet, Soccer drills and skills

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... MORE

Player acceleration soccer drill

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Developing a player’s co-ordination and acceleration skills is important because these soccer skills give them a way to move away from danger without losing the ball. Think of it like a car where you can put your foot on the gas to give quick acceleration so you can overtake safely. These two line soccer drills... MORE

Keeping players hydrated

in Fitness and Diet, Tips and advice

Whether it’s a hot day or a cold one, water is vital for the health and fitness of your players during soccer training drills and matches, so make sure it is available all the time. Keeping your body properly hydrated is vital when playing sport. This is especially true for youngsters, whose bodies are still... MORE

Stretching warm up drills

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Players should always be encouraged to stretch, whether this is at home, before or after exercise, or during breaks in both matches and training sessions. Stretching is important in soccer as it increases your players’ flexibility and range of movement, plus it can help reduce the risk of injury. Players should always be encouraged to... MORE

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