"How do coaches introduce soccer
conditioning to soccer practice?"

How do coaches introduce soccer conditioning to young players without running boring laps and fitness drills?

Speed up your soccer sessions...

  • Ladders and rings
  • Soccer skills
  • 1 on 1 soccer
  • Small sided games

All these aspects of soccer training can be used for fitness by adjusting space, getting the players better with the soccer ball and using ladders. Coach, need more information on kids soccer fitness?

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Ladders can be turned into fun games


Ladders can be used to improve quickness, acceleration and conditioning while the kids are having fun.

Here are some fun exercises...

  • One foot in each rung
  • Two feet in each rung-forward
  • Two feet in each rung - sideways
  • Ladder work with the soccer ball - the player runs through the ladder and does toe taps or foundation touches at the end.
  • Ladder Relay races.

Ladder exercises really improve conditioning and the kids have lots of fun.

Rings can be another great way to teach balance and agility...

  • Jump - right foot only
  • Jump - left foot only
  • jump two feet

The coach can have the kids hold the jump for 2-3 seconds to work on balance or go faster for agility.

Hurdles are another way to teach players how to improve speed and agility. The hurdles can also be used to improve dribbling.


How will soccer skills help with conditioning?


There are many ways that coaches can use various soccer skills and combine them with fitness. Here are few examples of the soccer skills that players can use...

  • Soccer dribbling and turning.
  • Soccer passing.
  • Soccer ball control.

Soccer dribbling basics can be ramped up to help players get in shape.

Coaching point: If the players are learning let them get the skills down before using them for fitness. The players must practice the skills correctly then they can go at speed.

If the players have the moves down they will be able to go faster and therefore add a fitness component to the skills.




How does 1v1 soccer conditioning help fitness?


A great way to teach kids soccer and help them with conditioning is 1 on 1 soccer games.

  • 1 on 1 soccer does not allow the player to rest.
  • Dribbling and making moves takes more energy than just passing the soccer ball.

  • The defending player has to work to get the ball back.
  • If the soccer ball gets away from the players they have to chase and compete for the soccer ball.

Play lots of 1 on 1 soccer games and watch the conditioning, 1 on 1 dribbling moves and defending improve.


Coach small sided games for soccer conditioning


Small sided games can be used for conditioning by...

  • The coach keeps extra soccer balls around the soccer field or in his or her hands so, if a ball goes out of play the kids don't stop and run to get the soccer ball.

  • Changing the the dimensions of the soccer field - make the field bigger.
  • Throw two balls in the soccer game.

Check out example below of how to speed the soccer practice up so the kids never stop moving. This will help with conditioning.


Speed up practices so kids become mentally sharp?


  • I like to use small fun funky exercises to teach the players how to stay sharp mentally and get into condition.
  • speed up the practice.
  • Get the kids back from water breaks quickly.
  • Have your session set up so the kids jump from on activity to the next quickly.

When the players are operating at a faster mental and physical level they will play faster against their opponents.



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