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
Stretching warm up drills
Players should always be encouraged to stretch, whether this is at home, before or after exercise, or during breaks in both matches and training sessions.
Stretching is important in soccer as it increases your players’ flexibility and range of movement, plus it can help reduce the risk of injury.
Players should always be encouraged to stretch. Here are exercises for two types of stetching for flexibility.
Groin stretch – sit on the floor, bring your feet together so that both soles are touching. Gently lean forward and pull your feet off the floor. You should begin to feel the stretch in your groin area.
Heel flicks – while jogging, put your hands behind your back and then with each stride bring your heel up to flick against the palms of your hands.
Click here for a jogging and stretching warm-up drill designed to help young players prepare for their soccer coaching sessions and matches.