SOCCER TRAINING PROGRAM #17 TIMELINE
Soccer training program for players and coaches to adapt and use in training.
Training is focused on ball control, dribbling the soccer ball, and movement with and without the soccer ball.
Boys in this soccer training program are 9 - 13 years old, and various skill levels.
Players should be reminded often to train at home, and on their own time.
The more time they train by themselves, the better skills with the ball they will develop.
No structure, no coach, no rules, just the player having fun with the soccer ball and adding more and more touches to their ball control arsenal.
Ball control skills start developing at home and progress to keep developing through different soccer training drills as the player gets older, faster and stronger.
Soccer knows no age! Players are encouraged to outwork their peers.
Hard work trumps talent when talent doesn't want to work hard.
Younger players have the best resource going for them, more time.
Talent combined with hard work leads to the next level of playing.
This soccer training program / session starts off with getting lots of touches with the ball.
Ball control soccer drills lead to being more familiar with the surface of the ball, allowing players to effortlessly do the basic fundamental skills in soccer with ease.
Ball control drills are timed to maximize the touches on the ball.
More touches lead to better skills with the ball, and ultimately more confidence when playing the game.
Juggling the soccer ball is one of the basic soccer exercises that benefits young players who want to master the soccer ball. Juggling gets more fun as the player gets more comfortable with the soccer ball.
Getting comfortable with the ball takes time, but the rewards are worth it once the player gets to the skill level for doing tricks with the ball in mid air.
Juggling is fun, repetitive and a great way to develop touches, coordination and creativity.
Drinking water and staying hydrated is very important in soccer to avoid injury and have energy on the field.
I always remind my players that feeling thirsty is already a sign of being dehydrated.
Players are constantly reminded to drink water throughout the training session.
Boys spend 10 minutes throwing or kicking the soccer ball in the air and bringing it under control using their toes, inside of the foot, or outside of the foot.
This soccer training exercise develops the players touches with air balls, and more importantly gaining confidence for handling the soccer ball coming from the air.
Every soccer training program includes part of training to focus on movement without the soccer ball.
Soccer is a sport that requires a lot of energy, agility and speed.
Young soccer players lack the structure and proper body mechanics when training or playing games.
Body mechanics are taught in training through the use of different fitness equipment and coaches advice for players to adapt.
Equipment that helps with proper body mechanics and form include agility ladders, hurdles, agility poles and cones.
Soccer players thrive to compete and finish first. My soccer training program is planned with competition in mind.
In this exercise boys work on their explosive speed running against each other.
Competitions are fun and upbeat. After all soccer is a very competitive sport to play.
Players progress from running without the soccer ball to running with the ball, dribbling and shooting on goal.
Touches at a young age are very important to master in order to develop into a well rounded soccer player.
Dribbling the soccer ball, and getting lots of touches on the ball is an important part of every soccer training program I plan.
Players progress with another two variations, this time starting without the soccer ball, before dribbling the ball through cones and finishing with a shot on goal.
My goal as a coach with young players is to get lots of movement and change of direction mixed with a lot of touches and dribbling with the soccer ball out of players.
Lately I started adding a conditioning soccer drill where every player competes against everyone else.
The indoor soccer field is split up into 4 quarters. Boys run 4 times advancing every time by 1 quarter of the field. The last run is across the entire field.
Players start on their back or belly, laying down on the ground.
Soccer training program for the day winds down with strength soccer drills and encouragement to do a core exercises in their own time at home.
Best habit to create would be doing planks and pushups at night, or in the morning, before or after brushing your teeth.
This is a very fun soccer drill for the players to end training with.
They play a creative game of soccer in a smaller space, with more defenders than attackers at all times.
There are 4 teams defending 4 different goals. Team in possession can attack any goal.
I try to stay out of the way and limit my instructions during the game time.
I want players to make their own decisions and be creative.
After equipment clean up, I jump in and play with the team in possession of the ball.