Individual Summer Training Drills - Part 2

This is part 2 in a two part training drills series for part 1, click here.


Summer time for some soccer players is a rest time, for others it’s a time to get better.  For college soccer players, summertime can make the difference between starting in the fall or sitting the bench. The problem that players have during the summer is numbers; most players do workouts on their own and might struggle to know what to do.  The following exercises will help solve this problem, simple technical work with a ball if done correctly and with the correct amount of effort can make a big impact in the fall.  For the exercises to follow all you will need is a ball and four markers.

Step 4

In the same 5 yard by 5 yard square, start in the middle like the previous exercise but this time you will dribble at the cone and once you reach the front right cone you will do a croif with your right foot and turn to your left.  Quickly you will then attach the rear left cone, once you get there turn by doing a croif with your right foot and turning to your left and going to the center of the grid and then attacking the rear right cone.  Again turn by doing a croif with your right foot you will then attach the front left cone and return to the center are repeat for a minimum of a minute and then repeat after a short rest.  Make sure to do this same drill using your left foot to turn and turn to your right. 

Step 5

In the same 5 yard by 5 yard square, start in the middle like the previous exercise but this time you will dribble at the cone and once you reach the cone you will dribble around the cone using either the inside or the outside to get around the cone.  Quickly you will then attach the rear left cone, once you get there you will go around the cone and then go to the center of the grid and then attacking the rear right cone.  Again turn by going around the cone and return to the center are repeat for a minimum of a minute and then repeat after a short rest.  You can do this drill by using only your right foot then only your left foot followed then by using both feet.

Bonus 5 yard figure 8

A great way to work on technical dribbling is to set two cones up 5 yards apart and dribble around them in a figure eight pattern.  This is the signature drill of George Best one of the early greats in English Football.  Use both feet or use your right or left only.  Push yourself in trying to do the exercise in as few touches as possible.  Do at least one minute straight before resting. 

For more fitness work expand the cones to 10 yards apart and repeat as above.  The goal is to get one big touch in-between cones and one or two touches as you go around the cones.