What I love about my U9s team is that when I come out to warm them up before a match they are all ready and sitting there waiting for me... with a cheer they all descend on the bag of training balls and start warming themselves up. MORE
Soccer warm up drill for leg power
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 should get three or four hops in.
- Don’t do more than three drill repetitions in a session and make sure you work both legs equally.
Shadow runs soccer drill
- Players should work in pairs and run around an area – the size of your penalty area – one player in front trying to shake off the other player who is trying to be his shadow.
- The shadow should start with his hand on the shoulder of the player he is following.
- Play for two minutes then swap over.
Squat jump soccer drill
- Players perform a squat.
- The feet are slightly wider than a shoulder-width apart. The toes are very slightly turned out. The back is straight with the shoulders back.
- The hands can be touching the side of the head or holding an imaginary bar.
- From the bottom point, players push up explosively, getting as much height off the ground as possible. On landing they regain their balance and repeat the soccer drill.
- Do three or four squat jumps in a set and not more than three sets in a session.
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