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?

Pre-season Week 3: Assessing your players

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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... MORE

Pre-season Week 2: Developing skills

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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... MORE

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Sprint skills test

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This is a good test to give your players every month to see if they are getting fitter as the season goes on. It can also be used to identify if a particular player has worn himself out and needs a rest. Although a sprint test is relevant for all positions, it is particularly useful... MORE

Focus your players with a sensory warm up drill

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During a match or a soccer training session your players will have to react quickly on the pitch using their senses. Help sharpen their communication skills and sensory reaction times with this soccer warm-up drill. Soccer drill set-up tips This soccer drill involves a series of sprints over ten yards. It is called “See, hear,... MORE

Co-ordination teamwork agility warm ups drill

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Warm-ups don’t have to be boring and this one has got me out of tight spots before when I haven’t had a session plan ready. This allows you to begin your session in a fun way that will prepare your players for the level of performance you want them to reach. A lot of coaches... MORE

Bounce and react warm up drill

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Use this warm up to practice having your players compete for the ball in a 1v1 situation. How to play This is a great physical warm up that works on your players’ speed, strength and balance. Line up four cones and place a ball on the top each one. Get the players in pairs. Each... MORE

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