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.
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?
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We’ve turned into the home straight in our season in England, and my players are showing a bit of wear and tear. Their lack of fitness is beginning to hit us in the latter part of matches. Tired legs can’t get to the ball as quickly as before and that is a threat to our […]
Fitness is fundamental to successful soccer coaching. It’s something you need to think about on a regular basis and I don’t mean simply getting your players to run around the pitch each week. First, that’s going to be boring and, second, players won’t push themselves. Instead, this soccer drill gives your players targets to create […]
Press-up drills are an excellent way of developing your players’ upper body strength in the arms, chest and shoulders as well as building core strength. Technique is an essential part of this soccer coaching drill. Players should only do as many press-ups as they can with good technique. As soon as the technique goes, change […]