I cannot second guess when we will all be out of this strange way of coaching with no opposed sessions but hopefully it will be fairly soon. To that end I continually remind myself that I will be going back to getting my players warmed up in a different way to how I am doing it at the moment. MORE
Soccer warm up circuit drill to test core skills
This is a good warm-up drill for your soccer coaching sessions – a circuit that tests your players’ basic technique. It’s a really good circuit because it involves everyone, moves quickly and it’s great fun.
You’re testing the basic soccer skills of your players – passing and receiving, heading, one-twos, dribbling, and controlling and shooting. You can write down which players can do which technique and which skills players need to work on.
Run the soccer warm-up
- Arrange your players and two goalkeepers around the four stations in a 30-yard square as shown in the picture above.
- Mark out a five-yard square in the centre of the larger square.
- The first player at each station runs to the middle square.
- The players complete a technique exercise and then go out to become a server.
- The serving player jogs into the middle square and out to complete a technique before becoming a server again.
The stations and techniques to perform
- Receive a pass, then pass first time into one of the mini goals.
- Receive a thrown pass for a header at goal.
- Receive a pass and make a one-two with you or a helper and dribble out.
- Receive an aerial pass to control and shoot at goal.
Players complete a different exercise each time they enter the area. The drill is repeated for a set time period.
Any of the techniques can be replaced with different soccer drills that the coach feels appropriate to the warm-up. The examples above are to encourage quick play and improve finishing skills.
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