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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.

Barcelona warm up

4 ways to kick start your team’s performance

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

The benefits of a dynamic workout to your team to get them ready to play a match cannot be ignored. Young players have to give their muscles a range of dynamic and progressive movements to prepare them for the game. If they don’t you’ll be risking them getting a injury when the game starts. Warm... MORE

Warm up with Bib pull away

Bib pull-away

in Warm Ups

Good warm-up to get players brains in gear to think about the game that is coming up and to make sure they are in top gear. MORE

Arsenal training

No space to warm up on match day?

in Blog, Warm Ups

We played a match last week at a ground that had crammed a couple of pitches into a very small area. The pitches themselves were fine, a good size and in good condition, it was the area around them that was almost non-existent. The problem was that both pitches were being used, with a smattering... MORE

Pass and sprint

Pass and sprint

in Passing, Warm Ups

Great way to warm up before a match or training session. Similar to a Rondo but with more physical movement for days when it is cold or you have a practice based on fitness. MORE

Barcelona Rondo

Why rondos work well at the start of training

in Tips and advice, Warm Ups

I was over in America in January at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia. What a great event that was, with the focus on youth soccer and all the problems of the world shut out for three intensive days of coach education. My lecture was on youth development from U7 to U10 and how... MORE

Cone chase

Chase the cones

in Defending, Warm Ups

In this set up players are racing against each other in a fun game that you can use at training or on match days. Great one to get the players alert and ready for anything MORE

leg press with a ball

Five minute fitness

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Leg press with a ball... 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. MORE

Drew Broughton

My favourite coaching sessions

in Blog, Warm Ups

Drew Broughton is a former professional footballer who made over 540 senior appearances for 21 different clubs, scoring 116 goals, in a career spanning 17 years. His favourite coach was Paul Ince. MORE

Possession technique feature

Possession technique

in Warm Ups

This fun activity is perfect for use on match days, allowing you to warm up your players’ passing and moving technique. Set up You need balls, bibs, cones and a mannequin (cone/training pole) in a 20 x 15 yard area with four cones on the corners and a centre mannequin (or cone/training pole). We used... MORE

6 tips to empower your players feature

6 tips to empower your players

in Warm Ups

Getting the most out of your players can be hugely rewarding. While your knowledge and experience is undoubtedly the most telling influence on their development, encouraging children to find their own methods is always a good idea. Here are six tips for empowering your players, offering versatility and individuality in how they learn the game.... MORE

Perfect passing feature

Perfect Passing

in Warm Ups

This simple passing exercise will encourage your young players to work on their possession so they can dictate the play at speed in match situations. Why use it This session is to help players to pass the ball at speed and will improve the skills of young players in one of the most vital areas... MORE

Bounce & go feature

Bounce & go

in Ball Control and Footwork, Warm Ups

A simple and easy warm-up to get your players thinking about speed, both when running without the ball and when dribbling with the ball. Why use it Good for engaging soccer brains and ABCs. Set up Mark out two baselines that are set 20 yards apart. We have used eight players for this warm-up. You... MORE

Steph Houghton England

Why You Need Good Warm-Ups Even At The End...

in Tips and advice, Warm Ups

This is the time of year when players push themselves that little bit further in trying to end the season on a high and end up being injured. Quite often they have picked up an injury early in the season and have played through with it. Proper warm-ups are one of the ways to make... MORE

5 minute warm-up

5 minute warm-up

in Warm Ups

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... MORE

Passing Pairs Rondo Feature

Passing Pairs Rondo

in Passing, Warm Ups

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... MORE

U8 pre-match activity feature

U8s pre-match activity

in Ball Control and Footwork, Warm Ups

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... MORE

Fun pre-match activity feature

Fun pre-match activity

in Ball Control and Footwork, Warm Ups

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... MORE



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