Lateral Strength Training Exercises for Soccer

Lateral Strength Training Exercises for Soccer

Soccer players must be able to cover distances very fast and often times move in congested areas with ease. They need to improve leg strength to become more agile if they’re going to perform at their maximum ability. Increasing leg strength can also help prevent injury. Here are some lateral strength training videos to help improve agility.

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Goalkeeper Warm-Up Drills

Goalkeeper Warm-Up Drills

Goalkeepers need to be in great shape and prepared to defend every inch of the net behind them during the course of a long game. That means practices have to be productive to prepare you for game day. Here are four warm-up drills with video that you can do to get prepared for your session.

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7 Triangle Diamond + Dribbling Training

7 Triangle Diamond + Dribbling Training

Here's another great exercise for your Training Triangles that can be done with your players during the first 15-20 minutes of practice to work on multiple technical aspects of their game including passing, movement off the ball, and dribbling technique.   

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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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When and why should your players use partner and a ball training with the Training Triangle?

When and why should your players use partner and a ball training with the Training Triangle?

Partner and a ball training is perfect for the beginning of practice sessions or before a match, to get players feet moving quickly and sharpen their touch before competition.  Partner and a ball training can also be used for players for self improvement of different techniques such as cruyff, pullback v, volleys, headers, and many more.

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The Heading Trainer Video Guide

The Heading Trainer Video Guide

Heading a soccer ball is neither a simple skill nor a single skill to be taught and trained. There are a variety of heading techniques that need to be learned by players. Coaches need to be able to recognize and teach the component parts of each type of heading. This video series is designed to help minimize the possibility of injury when heading a soccer ball.

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Develop your balance – it is an important skill often overlooked

Develop your balance – it is an important skill often overlooked

Balance is an important skill to develop for young players. Players are required to complete soccer tasks balanced on one leg. Passing, receiving, shooting, crossing and dribbling are all completed while balancing on one leg. Many players and coaches overlook balance and take it for granted. However, it is like any other skill – it has to constantly worked on and improved in order to improve performance. The best players in the world all have great balance and this allows them to complete soccer specific skills and movements at high speed, without losing their footing.

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8 Random Thoughts on Soccer Performance Training

8 Random Thoughts on Soccer Performance Training

The other day my good friend and fellow performance coach, Mike Robertson wrote an article about random thoughts he’s had over the past couple of weeks on strength, speed, and conditioning. This prompted me to add to my already on-going list of random thoughts I have in regards to Soccer Performance Training. So, here are a few of the thoughts I have while training athletes.

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Simple Core Routine for Soccer Players

Simple Core Routine for Soccer Players

In soccer it is imperative that players are able to control their core as it allows for integration of the lower body with the upper body to transfer force from the ground upward and outward (ie. kicking, changing direction). If soccer players are unable to stabilize their core then it leaves them susceptible to injury and limits their performance and capabilities. Here is a core circuit that would be a better option for the athletes.

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Female Soccer Players: Strengthen These 3 Key Areas

Female Soccer Players: Strengthen These 3 Key Areas

Soccer requires us to perform incredible amounts of running, jumping, change of direction, acceleration and deceleration – in other words it is one of the most demanding sports on the body. And, the anterior chain, or front of the body, bears the majority of the stress compared to the backside of the body.

I find that “pushing” exercises like squatting and push-ups are much easier for the majority of our female soccer players to perform than “pulling” exercises such as deadlifts and rowing variations.Therefore I counterbalance these strength imbalances by targeting 3 main areas.

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Yoga for Soccer

Yoga for Soccer

Today, yoga is a mainstay for professional athletes and teams. More and more people are discovering the countless ways that yoga can be used to improve athletic performance—from increasing mental concentration and improving flexibility and balance to preventing common injuries and honing skills. If you can’t get outside this winter to work on your technical skills and even if you can but have some time to work in some yoga to enjoy the numerous benefits of this discipline, here are a few poses that can help you.

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Basic Triangle Rotation

Basic Triangle Rotation

With The Triangle Training Method learn mannequin training exercises used by top European teams such as Arsenal and Bayern Munich as well as games that create environments to pass and play in triangles. Get started with triangle training by doing these basic rotations.

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Are You Prepared to Perform the KB Swing? Part 2

Are You Prepared to Perform the KB Swing? Part 2

In today’s society that’s filled with excess sitting and “social media gone wild” approach to life, many athletes have poor posture and an incredibly weak posterior chain – which is leading to the increase in injuries and the lack of confidence in athletic performance. One exercise that can help combat these issues is the KB Swing.

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