On the ball skills training for soccer
Remember to be well organized, have your session planned before you reach the
1) warm up as a team minimum 5 minutes of light running to
warm all major muscle groups.
This is a time for team socialization. Soccer teams need this for team bonding.
2) set up "training box" of cones 15x15 paces, every player on a ball,
light dribbling exercises and increase the speed gradually.
The on the ball soccer skills training will include different skills each week.
The idea is to add skill on top of skill to promote mastery of dribbling techniques.
This will help the players become comfortable with handling the soccer ball.
Increase the intensity thoughout the training sessions by increasing speed on the ball and then
pressure from an opponent.
Increase the size of the training area to accommodate age of the player and the speed they will be
3) dynamic stretching techniques.
This stretching with larger movements that are required in soccer as opposed to standing
While the players are stretching describe what they will be doing at this training session so that they can start
painting a mental picture. This is called "Decision" training.
The soccer players will buy into this session by being focused on the task. Remember to grab their attention right
away before they tune out, or start talking to their other team mates. (5 minutes)
4) plyometrics set up and stretching session continued.
Read all there is on the beginnings of plyometrics techniques as they are building blocks to ensure that the
players are getting into better technical habits. (10 minutes)
5) speed drills start with 10 x 3 then 20 x 3 and 30 x 3 paces of flat out
running and walk back to the start.
This is basic interval training and prepares the players for more training as the season
Remember to add intensity throughout the season. (10 minutes)
6) half speed jog around the field and a 2 minute water break as you set up
for a functional drills (5 minutes)
7) all team scrimmage to practice the elements of the functional drill.
8) endurance training that will be volume in the beginning of the season
and then switch to higher intensity as the season progresses. (15 minutes)
9) warm down or cool down with more stretching (5-10
minutes) with discussion on the practice events to reinforce visualization and coaches expectations.
Discuss nutrition and the need to eat like athletes. This is especially necessary for females as they are
continually battling the "ideal" form which is not necessarily the athletic form. Athletes are most needed for
You have just completed 90 minutes of soccer practice.
Feels good, doesn't it?