Functional Off-Season Strength/Power Training Exercises for Soccer

Functional Off-Season Strength/Power Training Exercises for Soccer

Here are a menu of exercises that you can add to your off-season program to develop strength/power specific to soccer. They should be used as part of an overall program design to the individual needs of each player.

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Building Goalkeeper Confidence

Building Goalkeeper Confidence

In this article, coach Colin Smith introduces us to his thoughts on confidence building for goalkeepers (and players in general) and the challenges parents deliver on a daily basis. Whether you’re a professional goalkeeper or an Under 7 in a mini soccer match the pressure and expectation to make the right decision at the right time is the same.

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Spanish Liga: Alber Fenoll Scouts Levante UD for Malaga CF

Spanish Liga: Alber Fenoll Scouts Levante UD for Malaga CF

Spanish Liga side Malaga CF played Levante UD last weekend. During the days before the game, scouter Alber Fenoll (AF) has been posting several tweets showing some aspects the home team should take into account to win the game. They were all created with KlipDraw video analysis software. In the following post we have compiled the most important information from his analysis.

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The Unstoppable Growth of Fantasy Sports [Infographic]

The Unstoppable Growth of Fantasy Sports [Infographic]

Fantasy sports is a phenomenal business that has grown into a billion-dollar industry. One of the reasons behind the popularity of fantasy sports is the fact that fans feel like they have a real stake in the performance of their players and teams. Take a look at the infographic created by the Betting Sites team and discover more about this rising industry. 

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Off-Season Conditioning While Maintaining Technical Skills

Off-Season Conditioning While Maintaining Technical Skills

During the season, the goal of the soccer athlete is to improve skills and maintain conditioning levels. The opposite strategy should be applied to the off-season, to improve conditioning while maintaining skills. The following is a one-month model for the off-season that demonstrates the strategy of blending conditioning and skill to improve overall soccer performance.

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Functional Off-Season Strength Training Exercise for Soccer

Functional Off-Season Strength Training Exercise for Soccer

Soccer is a physically demanding sport. Athletes must be able to sprint to the ball and change direction while maintaining these skills for a long duration. During the off-season is the ideal time to improve overall athleticism, including strength. Here are strength exercises specific to soccer that athletes can do during the off-season.

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The Importance of Off-Season Training

The Importance of Off-Season Training

With the Fall Soccer Season finished, coaches are now organizing their off-season plans. Because of the unpredictable weather here in New Jersey, at Total Soccer Fitness & Training, we look to get into a facility or school gym to conduct our sessions during the off-season months of December, January and February. But inside or outside, off-season training has become an integral part of club soccer. Our theory at TSFT is to use the off-season to hone technical skills, review and practice tactical concepts, and most importantly, work on fitness and endurance both with and without the ball.

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Put Winning in Perspective

Put Winning in Perspective

Winning is part and parcel of playing football – it’s there, it exists and no-one can deny that. But it must also be put in perspective, particularly when striving to help young players improve. In this article Josh Brown talks to us about the epiphany he’s had within his relationship with winning.

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Developing 6 v 6 Team Shape With One Word Commands

Developing 6 v 6 Team Shape With One Word Commands

The difference between defensive and attacking shape is just the spacing between players and between units. Defensive shape is short and tight, attacking shape is wide and long. To help the players when you do this initially keep the same spacing between players and units as they move around the field to get the concept across. As they get better you can move on to increasing the spacing such as when we get possession of the ball and we need to have the players go wider and longer in their spacing between each other.

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Planning an Annual Fundraising Event for a Soccer Organization

Planning an Annual Fundraising Event for a Soccer Organization

One avenue that can be pursued when it comes to funding a soccer program is organizing and hosting some sort of annual fundraising event. There are a number of factors that you need to bear in mind when you desire to organize and implement an annual fundraising event for your soccer organization or league.

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Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Ladders, Hurdles and Cones

Footwork drills using ladders, hurdles, and cones should be simple, effective, and purposeful. They can be great tools for building fundamental qualities like rhythm and balance, both very important for speed and agility.  When setting up your program, it's very important to remember two key facts that are indisputable.

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