Soccer Skills:

Soccer Warm-Up

A soccer warm-up should not be confused for simply stretching at the beginning of practice. Unlike the “olden days” when most of us soccer coaches grew up, showing up and stretching doesn’t cut the mustard anymore. There are better ways to prepare your players. Utilizing a dynamic approach, a warm-up raises the body temperature, lubricates the joints and readies the player for that day’s soccer drills. A proper warm-up decreases injuries and enhances performance. Warm-ups, while performed as a team, are normally individual exercises.  Many times, a coach can integrate functional agility training into the warm-up and increase the effectiveness of the session. The activities should become routine for every team, so they become accustomed to preparing for that day’s work.

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Balance challenges

A few progressively more difficult balance challenges to help your players develop a solid base of balance and stability as the foundation for safe and effective soccer skill development.

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Movement Based Warm-Up Part Three

These Movement Based Warm Ups provide a general framework for organising and structuring warm ups for your young players, and as such can be simply adapted or modified to include and challenge a variety of different football and movement skills alongside the development of teamwork, co-operation, decision-making and communication skills. Each of the three parts shown here illustrate a few of the large number of skills that can be practiced through this warm up framework.

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Movement Based Warm-Up Part Two

These Movement Based Warm Ups provide a general framework for organising and structuring warm ups for your young players, and as such can be simply adapted or modified to include and challenge a variety of different football and movement skills alongside the development of teamwork, co-operation, decision-making and communication skills. Each of the three parts shown here illustrate a few of the large number of skills that can be practiced through this warm up framework.

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Movement Based Warm-Up Part One

These Movement Based Warm Ups provide a general framework for organising and structuring warm ups for your young players, and as such can be simply adapted or modified to include and challenge a variety of different football and movement skills alongside the development of teamwork, co-operation, decision-making and communication skills. Each of the three parts shown here illustrate a few of the large number of skills that can be practiced through this warm up framework.

Part One: Is an introduction to movement based warm ups and focusses on the practice and development of individual movement and football skills and spatial awareness as players move within the grid whilst maintaining shape and distances between other players.

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Heads-Up Follow the Leader

Heads-up Follow the leader is an excellent dribbling drill to help build player confidence when dribbling. Many young players are so afraid of losing the ball that they don't ever pick their head up to see the field. This exercise demands close dribbling and picking the head up to be successful. It can be used as a building activity for a dribbling themed practice or as a warm-up

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Shipwrecked!

Shipwrecked! is a fun, lightly competitive warm-up and agility activity for your aspiring soccer players. They'll have a competitive flair while learning to be heads-up with quick thinking.

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Soccer Scatter

Soccer Scatter teaches important listening skills, quick reactions and decision making.

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Me and My Shadow

Me and My Shadow is a fun warm-up and agility activity for younger soccer players. It can raise body temperatures and increases body control.

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