EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Stay fit in the off-season with these 6 drills

Staying fit in the off-season is vital for players and coaches alike. Although the temptation might be to go on holiday and forget about fitness for a while, it’s important to stay in good shape so that you’re ready for pre-season training.

For your players, you want a combination of individual and team drills so they can work in a variety of ways. One of the best individual fitness sessions is Leg press with a ball, which players can do at home. It is simple, just needs a ball and works on leg strength, which is vital to young players.

If you have a number of players still turning up to training or you call a special evening, why not try this small-sided Continuous 2v2 game. It’s great because all players are involved, working in pairs and creating a game that helps boost fitness.

Short bursts of speed are vital in football, and you don’t want your players to lose their sharpness over the summer break. I recommend you use the session in my AskDave section How can you train speed in your players? It’s one of the best ways to keep players fit and sharp, and will help your players hit the ground running when it comes to pre-season.

And if you want some fun while keeping fit in the off-season try Skills relays. A race is always a good way to get young players to put the extra effort in.

As for us coaches, we need something that helps maintain body strength. I always do a set of press-ups each morning to keep my body fit for coaching – and to look better in those training tops! So use the tips in Soccer press-ups to help you. And to keep your legs strong so that you don’t get tired on the touchline, The tuck jump is ideal practice.

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