Posts tagged ‘Fitness’

Ball Orientated Conditioning

During the summer I spend some time combing through new training ideas for the upcoming year. As I begin to assemble my training calendar for the fall I’m always on the lookout for economical drills and exercises that incorporate conditioning aspects along with technical and tactical elements. With only two days of training per week, I don’t want to spend 30 minutes just training conditioning to get my players fit for soccer again after the summer break.

With my older teams (U13 to U18) I hold a series of preseason conditioning sessions to give the players a base of fitness that we can work from. With my younger teams (U8 to U12) Continue reading ‘Ball Orientated Conditioning’ »

Maintaining Soccer Fitness Indoor

The indoor season provides a change of pace and focus that I think is good for player development but you don’t want to completely lose the base of fitness that was built during the outdoor season. The challenge is that you have a limited amount of space to work with when you’re training indoor. We use a school gym, and a small one at that. I look for exercises that mimic the movement patterns of the game while using space as economically as possible.

 

The warm-up below is from Dave Tenney and included in our Ultimate Soccer Conditioning Training Pack. It includes all of the movements that occur in a game and can be adjusted to focus on whatever area is important to the coach.

 

Movement Progression
Exercise #1
Setup – jog, shuffle, spring, jog

Coaching Points
Decelerate – slow, stop, prevent muscle pulls

Exercise #2
Setup – back peddle, sprint, turn inside sprint, stop, job

Coaching Point
At the highest level turning is the difference between making it and not
making it .

Exercise #3
Setup – shuffle, spring, turn sprint, stop, jog
Open gate

The series of runs can also be done with a ball to add a technical element. Another progression is to add passing and movement as shown below.

Exercise #4
Setup – pass, set, play target – back to beginning

Coaching Points
• Part of speed is getting a rhythm of passing
• Hard pass vs. lay off
• Be precise
• Long pass is with inside of the foot
• Soccer fitness is the ability to be fast, be fast often and the ability to
recover between moments when you were fast.

These and many more conditions sessions are included in the Ultimate Soccer Conditioning Training Pack.

Have a Great Day!

Tom

Maintaining Soccer Fitness Indoor

The indoor season provides a change of pace and focus that I think is good for player development but you don’t want to completely lose the base of fitness that was built during the outdoor season. The challenge is that you have a limited amount of space to work with when you’re training indoor. We use a school gym, and a small one at that. I look for exercises that mimic the movement patterns of the game while using space as economically as possible.

 

The warm-up below is from Dave Tenney Continue reading ‘Maintaining Soccer Fitness Indoor’ »

Game Speed Test Developmental Report

Today’s post is from our Soccer Conditioning Expert, Scott Moody at SoccerFIT Academy. I’ve posted some of their information on speed, fitness and agility testing in the past because I think Scott is on the leading edge of soccer conditioning in the U.S. and I work with him through our Sporting Affiliate Club in Overland Park, KS. Here is his latest update on the testing they have been doing with clubs and coaches around the world. I thought you’d find it interesting and helpful especially since there’s no cost to test your players and see how they stack up. It’s also a great evaluation tool that can be used to assess the progress of the players over the course of a season, year or career.

We now have over 700 coaches in 30 countries using the SoccerFIT Game Speed Test to evaluate their players and teams. Some of the college coaches have found the test a very useful preseason tool, as it shows strengths and weaknesses in SKILL, SPEED and FITNESS, and can quickly show where you are strong (and weak) as a team. We continue to support all programs using our test with eBooks and clinics that highlight our systematic approach of blending the physical aspects with the technical aspects to create a more applicable (and efficient) way to integrate speed, agility and fitness into normal practice sessions.

On the club level we have started testing all the teams and players in various clubs to create a clear picture of the developmental process within the club. Below is a graph of the girls side of one club we consult with (from U11 to U18). We ranked the teams Continue reading ‘Game Speed Test Developmental Report’ »

Testing to Evaluate Player Ability and Development

As a coach I’m always evaluating my players but mostly on a subjective level. I do some 1v1 and 2v2 statistical evaluations that I wrote about in a previous post but that’s the only objective information I’ve used to in the past.

This spring our club has implemented the SoccerFIT Game Speed Assessment for all of our teams. The test looks at three specific categories – Speed/Agility, Soccer Fitness and Technical Skill. The ideal situation is to see a balance between these unique areas but in most cases players will be stronger in one or two and weaker in the others. Here’s an example of a report that you would receive after entering your data from the tests:

There are 15 different test Continue reading ‘Testing to Evaluate Player Ability and Development’ »

Footwork, Fitness and Ball Handling

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on footwork, fitness and ball handling.

It’s common for keepers to integrate a speed ladder into their training.  Frequently this might involve a keeper with a starting just in front of the ladder and they go through the ladder using various combinations.


Some variations include the following progression.  Everything is done 4 times unless Continue reading ‘Footwork, Fitness and Ball Handling’ »

Fitness and Footwork

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on fitness and footwork.

Start with a 10 x 10 grid and two keepers.  The keepers start at opposite corners of the grid.


This is a simple game of tag where both keepers are “it”.  They start by running in the same Continue reading ‘Fitness and Footwork’ »

Preseason Conditioning

As August approaches many teams in the Midwest United States are starting their preseason program, including my U12 girls. At this age I think it’s important for the kids to have a break during the summer months and have time to just be a kid. This makes preseason even more important because I need to get them in some kind of shape before we get on the field.

Conditioning for soccer has changed a lot since I was in college and 5 miles runs were an accepted preseason tradition. Now condition is much more soccer specific.

The program I use was introduced to me by Scott Moody of Athlete F.I.T. Scott has worked with hundreds of soccer players in the Kansas City area and his web site has educated coaches and athletes around the world. He also has a very useful blog that has been a great resource.

The conditioning program has five stages. The stages can be spread over five weeks or can be down in as little and two and a half weeks. I prefer to complete the stages by doing two sessions a week over two and a half weeks.

In each stage the goal is to cover as much distance as possible and more than you did the last stage. It is best to do these runs on a track where the distance is easily measured. The goal distance that I refer to is for my U12 girls. This would be longer for older players. Here is how the stages breakdown:

Stage 1 – 24 minute run – 2 3/4 miles
Stage 2 – 2 x 12 minute runs (5 minute rest) – 3 miles
Stage 3 – 3 x 8 minute runs (3 minute rest) – 3 1/8 miles
Stage 4 – 4 x 6 minute runs (2 minute rest) – 3 1/4 miles
Stage 5 – 6 x 4 minute runs (1 minute rest) – 3 1/2 miles

Obviously some players will not be able to meet these goal distances initially but the goal for everyone is to steadily cover more distance during the preseason. This will give all of the players a solid aerobic foundation that they can build on throughout the season.

What do you do with your teams during preseason? What have you found works best?