Football is one of the most enjoyable sport in the world. Taking the sport to a higher level is what most of our young players and coaches need. To take this sport to higher level, soccer training drills are very important. Some of the most important drills required to take this sport to a higher and enjoyable level are discussed below.
Speed makes a player outstanding from the rest. Without speed, one can’t make a good player in soccer. To improve your speed in soccer you need to train your muscles on how to contract faster. Speed can be attained if you increase power and strength through the hips. Jumping ropes, speed ladder, Kettlebells, use of the 5-10-5 shuttle, use of resistance bands and corner flags are the best for speed drills.
Passing the ball around with accuracy and speed is not seen often. You can style up your touch, control and passing through the passing drills. Pass and go is one of the most advanced drill. The main aim of this drill is to develop receiving on the move and passing to space. The 1 2 3 and in drill aims to create space and maintain possession. Pass and move, lob, kick and catch, figure 8 kicks, three man weave, cross catch, run and meet are some of the best passing drills.
Dribbling is an important skill in soccer. Often the best dribblers are the best players. Dribbling drills puts a player in a position to control the ball and at the same time sprint at a full speed. Some of the drills that you can incorporate to make a good dribbler are Closed-Space Dribbling Drill, Partner/Wall Drill, Cone Drill, Doggies/25’s Dribbling, and Confined Dribbling. Better dribbling skills allows a player to execute more creative plays.
Shooting drills styles up players’ mentality to take advantage of scoring whenever an opportunity presents itself. Goal scoring is associated with shooting. Some of the best shooting drills are; shots and blocks finishing drill, progressive finishing drill, crossing and finishing drill, heads and tails finishing drills, quick decision and instinct finishing drill and 1v1 attacking. The mentality to score goals can be developed and coached through team finishing drills.
Heading is used to clear, attack, pass or play high ball. It needs confidence to practice to practice heading because if it is done in the wrong way it hurts. Players should avoid use of the top of the head or nose. Instead they are supposed to use the center of their forehead. The main aim of heading drills is to improve defensive and attacking heading techniques. Power/fineness with a twist, 4V4 with 5 goals inside the 18, head to score, run in and head, head through gates and near post far post are some of the best heading drills.
In control drills a player works out on how to touch the ball with all parts of the foot. Working out individually is the most effective way to practice control drills. Some of the most effective way to practice control drills are juggling the ball often, dribbling the ball close to you, dribbling and passing the ball between the cones, dribbling the ball in and out of cones, training your work foot and huddle up. Combining one or two of these techniques makes a player develop accuracy and power with the ball.
Goalkeeping drills are specifically meant to improve goalkeeper training and goalkeeping skills. Goalkeeper is the first line of attack and the last line of defense. Goalkeeping drills builds confidence in goalkeepers and makes them more comfortable. Some of the best goalkeeping drills are; blind shot drill, seated save drill, meet and retreat drill, cross control, goalie slide save, goalie touches, keeper quickness and soccer goalie battle.
2 v 2 drills
The 2 v 2 drills works on quick defending and attacking skills. The 2 v 2 drills helps the players to improve on their decision making, visual and verbal communication and quick finish. When practicing this drill the goal must be scored within 15 to 20 seconds. This is to improve on speed and change of direction.
Soccer is one of the physically demanding sport. Fitness drills offers the physical demands of the sport. Killer shuttles, step jumps, two versus two with a spare, tight space dribbling and running are some of the drills that maintains physical fitness in soccer.