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.
Mark out two baselines that are set 20 yards apart. We have used eight players for this warm-up. You will need balls and cones.
How to play
Split the players into two teams and line them up on the far side of the playing area. One player from each team starts the session.
The two rival players must jump up and down and bounce around, turning this way and that, but staying in the area in front of the far line. On your call the players must react and sprint to the baseline of the area to see who gets past you first. The first player scores a point. Once all the players have had their turn, do the same warm-up again but players now have a ball. They have to bounce around until your call, when they must try to dribble the ball past you. This time the winner is based on their dribbling skills, not their speed.
In this warm-up players must be able to master ball control before they can go at full speed. This session gets young brains thinking about when to run at full pelt and when to concentrate on their dribbling skills.