Fitness for football
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?
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]