Soccer Skills:

Freeze Jump

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Soccer Skill: Agility

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As a foundation for agility, the ability to land safely and effectively is a critical skill to be mastered. Being able to land competentlywhen jumping different distances, heights and angles can significantly reduce risk of injury whilst providing a solid base for rapid direction changes and deceleration. Freeze jump is a simple game that can be played with players of all ages to help them develop their landing competence.

  • Number of Players: Any
  • Equipment: None
  • Time: 5-10mins
  • Players work individually or in pairs, standing facing a target on the floor approximately 1yd away.
  • The target can be anything such as a cone, a line, an agility ring, provided it will not slip if accidently landed on!
  • The aim is to jump and land as close to the target as possible without actually touching it with your toes, freezing in the landing position.
  • Both feet should land at same time, ball of foot hitting slightly before heels to freeze with full foot in contact with floor.
  • Hips sit back, knees bend (in line with toes) and shoulders come forward to absorb force of landing.
  • Landing should be soft and quiet
  • Increase the jumping distance (up to equal with standing height)
  • Jump sideways towards target
  • Start facing side on and turn in air to land facing forwards
  • Add a skill to perform after landing eg head a ball back to partner, control ball on chest and volley/pass back.

Tell The Team: (Remember - stay focused)

  • Focus on quality of landing
  • Soft and quiet is better than long and loud!

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Richie Whall is a specialist speed & agility coach who has worked with international, professional and academy players and coaches across the UK. With a Masters degree in Sports Science and over ten years of coaching and coach education experience, he has created the Hex Training System to provide innovative and effective training aids and solutions for coaches, teachers, parents and young athletes, that enable them to realize their true physical potential.

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One Comment of “Freeze Jump”

Comment by Steve Parnass
June 3, 2012

Great agility drill. Have ued it for both football & futbol


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