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Sprint skills test

in Fitness and Diet, Soccer drills and skills

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

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

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

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

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

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

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

Running in pairs

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This is a great warm-up to get your players ready for a match using short jogging and sprinting runs.   Key elements Start your warm-up with this exercise on match days because as players arrive, they can join in without causing disruption. You need three cones, five yards apart and players in two rows. The... MORE

Match-day warm-up

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Warm-ups are an important part of training sessions and, of course, a vital part of match-day preparation. This is one that uses different combinations around and across the box, to get lungs and leg muscles going. Get your players to perform a series of runs to complete one of these circuits before resting.   Forward,... MORE

10-15 minutes of jogging and stretching

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Tell your players to start by doing 5 minutes of light activity such as walking or jogging on the spot. Pump your arms or make large but controlled circular movements with them to help warm the muscles of your upper body. One of the best ways to warm up for soccer is to exercise using... MORE

Speed agility

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This is a great warm-up which will have your players moving in all directions so they are ready when you play matches.   How to play it Split your players into four groups of two. The first player in each group starts in the middle square, as pictured above. On your whistle, the players turn... MORE

Fitness sprints – forwardbackwardforward

in Fitness and Diet, Tips and advice

Try this sprint drill to keep your teams fitness up.   Place three cones in a straight line with five yards to 10 yards between each cone. Players should sprint forwards from cone one to two. Then run backwards from cone two to one. Finally, sprint forwards from one to three. Look for how your... MORE

Soccer coaching tips to help in fitness training

in Fitness and Diet, Tips and advice

Here are three soccer coaching tips that are worth remembering when trying to maintain fitness or recover from injury. Don’t run through a stitch The stabbing pain in the tummy, otherwise known as a stitch, means that a player has taken on too many carbohydrates before  starting training. This normally means too much pasta, maybe... MORE

Jogging and sprinting warm-up

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This is a good way to warm young players up so they don’t strain their muscles when they reach match speed. How to play it Arrange your players into two teams. One team performs some dynamic and static stretching exercises of their choice. The players in the other team dribble in and out of the... MORE

Movement rotation support

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

I’m always looking for my players to get the basics right in matches, with passing and receiving at the heart of that. Create a practice that rehearses tactics and creativity too, and you have a challenge that can be run by itself, or as a warm-up before a match.   How to play it You... MORE

Sidestep circuit for warming up on match days

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This circuit is a good warm-up for match days when your players need to stretch their legs with something that is not too “lung orientated”.   How to play it Both groups work at the same time. The players complete a series of sprints and foot movements: 1. Sprint to the first cone and sidestep... MORE

Fun 30 second challenge game

in Fitness and Diet, Soccer drills and skills

Fitness can be fun and a challenge for your players… honestly it can! I like this game because when your players first use it they are very honest and try their hardest with their first run. But once they realise what it’s all about they will “con” you into thinking they are trying their hardest... MORE

Sidestep circuit

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This circuit is a good warm-up for match days when your players need to stretch their legs with something that is not too tiring.   How to play it Both ends work at the same time. The players must complete a series of sprints and foot movements: 1. Sprint to the first cone and sidestep... MORE

Strength and power

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This is a great warm-up to make sure your players are physically and mentally ready for a match or training session. Key elements Speed, strength, balance, shooting.   How to play it Arrange the players in pairs and tell them to react to your whistle. You need balls in each part of the warm-up. Whistle... MORE

Test your players technique with this circuit

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This is a good warm-up for your training sessions – a circuit that tests your players’ basic technique. It’s a really good circuit because it involves everyone, moves quickly and it’s great fun. You’re testing the basic skills of your players. Namely passing and receiving, headers, one-twos, dribbling, controlling and shooting. You can write down... MORE

Soccer speed agility warm-up game

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Being able to turn is one of the first problems a young player has to solve as he advances his technique. Running in straight lines is very limiting and you need to get players to turn so they can beat opponents. By Michael Beale. This warm-up is a great way to get young players turning... MORE


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