INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

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.

Triangle keep ball

in Rondos, Warm Ups

This is a simple 5v2 keep away game made harder by having a triangle in the middle which the two defenders must protect or stay in the middle longer MORE

Prepare to warm-up

in Email newsletters, Warm Ups

Every piece of research I have read agrees that the pre-match warm-up plays a vital part in enhancing player performance and reducing the risk of injury. Try these warm-ups with your team MORE

Locomotion

in Passing, Warm Ups

An easily organised warm up suitable for all ages and abilities that will improve communication, passing awareness and decision-making. MORE

reading the back line

Stop the attack

in Defending, Warm Ups

Get defenders to play like Vincent Kompany, whose clever positioning in seemingly irretrievable situations often leads to attacks breaking down. MORE

Dribbling gates

in Soccer drills and skills, Warm Ups

I was asked at training last week: “How do you warm a striker up?” The answer has to be: “The same as everyone else.” A striker has to control, pass and run with the ball. They will not be shooting the whole time, indeed they may only shoot once or twice in a game. I... MORE

Passing and receiving

Pass to the open player

in Passing, Warm Ups

This training warm up helps to create a passing team capable of playing up the pitch at speed. It is easy to set up and excellent for fast feet, with players not only having to think but look to see where the spare man is. MORE

Pass and react

in Passing, Warm Ups

This tricky warm up may be hard to perfect, but once your players get the measure of it, you will soon see their passing improving MORE

Pass and turn

Pass move shoot

in Attacking, Warm Ups

This is a great session for getting attackers to be open to the pitch and it will help your striker learn when to shoot and when to tee up a team-mate MORE

One touch both feet

in Shooting, Warm Ups

If you want to sharpen up your players in front of goal, this is a continuous exercise that will help strikers perfect the art of shooting first time with either foot MORE

Barcelona rondo

Rondo decisions

in Pre-season, Warm Ups

This fun rondo game has everything your team needs for a good pre-season workout. It offers plenty of movement for your players and sharpens their control and technique too. MORE

Keeper save volleys

Command your area

in Goalkeeping, Warm Ups

This session is all about reacting to balls played close to the goalkeeper and getting them to take ownership of the ball, just like Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois MORE

Warm up passing and moving

One touch passing

in Passing, Warm Ups

This warm up is a great way to get players alert to one touch play and to get them ready for playing matches and keeping possession of the ball in tight areas of the pitch like the penalty area MORE

Warm up with Bib pull away

Bib pull-away

in Warm Ups

Simple game that is great for a warm up or a warm down to get players moving around the area to gently warm up muscles or cool them off. MORE


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