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?

Is your soccer team getting enough fuel

in Fitness and Diet, Tips and advice

Nutrition and diet are areas we can all improve on and, as soccer coaches, we are in a strong position to influence players to become healthier and fitter. In simple terms, what we eat and drink provides the fuel for us to train, play and recover from training. What we need to know is what... MORE

Soccer coaching exercise to warm up or down

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

You can use this exercise to warm up your players or use it to warm your players down after they have done the activity.   How to play it Set up the drill by placing four cones in a line five yards apart then two cones 15 yards from each other. Players should zigzag through... MORE

Soccer coaching drill for pre-season training

in Fitness and Diet, Soccer drills and skills

When children are tired, everything becomes a struggle – especially their ball skills. Their concentration level will disappear and you will find they stop playing football. This often becomes obvious during the final minutes of a match at the beginning of the season or during mid-season. An important part of pre-season training is to organise... MORE

Pairs jogging and sprinting soccer warm up drill

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This is a great soccer warm-up drill to get your players ready for a match with short jogging and sprinting runs. Key soccer coaching tips Start your warm-ups with this soccer drill on match days because as players arrive for the game they can join in without causing disruption. You need three cones, five yards... MORE

Soccer warm up for leg stretching

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This side step circuit is a good soccer warm up for match days when your soccer players need to stretch their legs with something that is not too “lung orientated”.   How to play this soccer coaching drill Both ends work at the same time. The soccer players complete a series of sprints and foot... MORE

Warm up drill to improve soccer fitness

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

“Why should I waste my training time on fitness? If they’re not fit, I won’t play them!” Good question. Is it more important to work on technique, skills and tactics on training night and let the fitness take care of itself? If they are not fit then technique and tactics go out of the window... MORE

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