Warm Ups

Warm-ups and cool-downs are two of the most important aspects of your training and match day routines.

It’s vital that your players warm-up and cool-down properly in order to maximise their performance and reduce the risk of injury. We tell you how and why warm-ups and cool-downs work and we suggest some activities that you might try with your team.

5 minute warm-up

5 minute warm-up

This five minute fitness drill can be used during your training sessions for a quick break to help coaching points sink in, or as an incentive for a drinks break. Why use it This is a great warm-up to get your players moving in all directions so they are ready to play in matches. Set […]

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Passing Pairs Rondo Feature

Passing Pairs Rondo

Straight from the Fulham Academy training ground, this warm-up will help develop your team’s ability to use both feet and to pass accurately. Why use it This is a great warm up to get your players passing the ball and working in sequences and passing patterns. Using a circle is a good way to get […]

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U8 pre-match activity feature

U8s pre-match activity

Under 8s usually turn up to matches highly charged and in a state of great excitement, but any hanging around in rain or cold or just generally having to wait for the game to start brings them down to earth with a bang and so they have to be charged back up again! The way […]

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Fun pre-match activity feature

Fun pre-match activity

This fun activity is perfect for use on match days, allowing you to warm up your players’ passing and moving technique. Difficulty Rating – 4 out of 5 stars Good technical warm up but does require the player in the centre to move quickly to keep the session going – the progression adds movement which […]

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Pre-match warm-up

Pre-match warm-up

This session works on encouraging communication and good passing and getting players to drive into space and hit the target. Why use it This is excellent for team play with individuals linking and passing to create a goal scoring chance in the penalty area. Set up You need balls, bibs, cones and a goal. Set […]

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

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 […]

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Fun warm up game for marking skills

Get your players to lose their markers with this fun warm up game from Michael Beale. Marking skills game Each player must put a bib in the back of his shorts. The players must move around the area and try to pull someone else's bib away. They must also try to protect their own bib. […]

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Jogging and stretching soccer warm up drills

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 […]

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