EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

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.

Soccer warm up drill to get players running into...

in Passing, Warm Ups

This is a good warm-up soccer drill to get players running into space and communicating when they are attacking and defending. It also coaches players to give their team-mates support and can be used when bad weather forces indoor play. Set up soccer warm-up drill Divide your players into two teams. Use a small pitch... MORE

Soccer warm up drill for leg power

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Here are three warm-up drills designed to increase your soccer players’ leg power so they have more strength and stamina when it comes to recovery runs and tackling. Hopping soccer drill Players hop on one leg and try to get as much distance between each step as possible. Hop over a five-metre distance and players... MORE

Free play soccer warm up drill

in Tips and advice, Warm Ups

I know we’re always talking about the importance of structuring your soccer training sessions, planning ahead with your coaching drills and tactics, briefing your assistants and having everything in place before your young soccer (football) players arrive. But sometimes a little bit of chaos is good, too. Try the following soccer warm-up drill to kick... MORE

Soccer warm up drill to get players thinking

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This is a fun soccer drill to test decision-making skills when your soccer (football) players are tired. It can be set up quickly to use as a soccer warm-up or warm-down drill. As well as a good drill to use for fitness, this is good for attackers and defenders to test their decision-making abilities. This... MORE

Muddy pitch warm up drill for goalkeepers

in Goalkeeping, Warm Ups

If the pitch is muddy, use this soccer drill to warm-up your goalie’s feet as well as their hands because in these conditions it is the goalkeeper’s footwork that will often be the deciding factor when the ball is played. Soccer drill set-up Ask two of your players’ parents to help run the warm-up drill,... MORE

Soccer warm up drill with a twist

in Passing, Warm Ups

Try this different, fun way to warm up your young soccer (football) players. Soccer drill set up Using the posts as the net in this drill, mark out a pitch that is as wide as the posts, and is five metres deep either side of the posts. Have three players on each side, with one... MORE

Soccer warm up for left and right foot passing

in Passing, Warm Ups

Encourage your young soccer (football) players to practise their passing skills using both their left and right foot. This soccer warm-up drill is a good one to use just before a match. Before a match kicks off, I get my young soccer players to pair up and pass the ball to each other. What I’m... MORE

Get your soccer team to stretch

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Players’ muscles need to be looked after no matter if you’re coaching a youth soccer team or older players. If a muscle is not warmed up it can lead to an injury and a long spell on the touchline. Beware of over-stretching cold muscles Most injuries in soccer occur when players overstretch part of their... MORE

Shadowing warm up drill to work on marking skills

in Defending, Warm Ups

This is a good soccer warm-up drill for young players, which is designed to get their muscles working. It also has a soccer shadowing theme to it. Players need to shadow the opponent they are marking. Make sure your players aren’t left behind during the drill. Soccer drill set up Place two markers positioned three... MORE

Soccer warm up drill to run mid training session

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Soccer warm-up drills don’t always have to be used at the beginning of your soccer training session. Try running this warm-up drill after playing a small-sided game, so your players can have a breather. A soccer drill such as this one also gives you a chance to walk around your players and see who is... MORE

Squat jump soccer warm up drill

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

Using a combination of jumps in a drill is a great way to help your young players warm up their muscles before a match, as well as building up their core agility skills. Known as plyometrics, these jumps work on a quick, powerful movement using a stretch reflex. A stretch reflex occurs when a muscle... MORE

Win the ball and pass soccer warm up drill

in Passing, Warm Ups

You’ll need nine players for this simple but fun warm-up soccer drill, which gets your players to win the ball, pass, then rest. Set up the warm up drill Set up an area, around 15m x15m, marked out with four cones. Have four players inside the area dribbling a ball. Put a defender in the... MORE

Steal the ball soccer warm up drill

in Soccer tackling drills, Warm Ups

As a soccer coach, it’s vital that you get young players to warm up thoroughly at the beginning of a soccer training session. When you’re coaching youngsters, you need to not only get them in the right frame of mind for taking part in the coaching session, but also limit their risk of injury. Often... MORE

Warm up soccer drill with gates

in Passing, Warm Ups

Use this soccer training drill to warm up your players and work on their passing skills before a match starts. Watching other teams warm up can often deliver a fatal blow, even before a ball is kicked… You want other teams to be looking at your players and thinking “Uh oh, they look good!” Warm... MORE

Hamstring muscles warm up drill

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

This quick soccer warm-up drill helps to prevent hamstring muscle tears and strains, which are among the most common soccer injuries. The drill replicates the eccentric (lengthening) movement associated with high-speed running and deceleration. You don’t want your best players pulling up in agony because they didn’t stretch their hamstrings before the soccer coaching session... MORE

Pre match soccer warm up drill

in Fitness and Diet, Warm Ups

One way of getting your players into the right frame of mind for a match is to use good warm-up drills. If you are all in a big circle you can also talk to your players and remind them about their responsibilties towards the team, the opposition and the officials. I like to get my... MORE


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