Children have boundless energy and an unending supply of enthusiasm, especially those who love to play football. It’s easy to ignore the important of proper warm up exercises when you train young soccer players. They will often ask you if they can skip the warm-up exercises and get straight to continuing with the training. But you have to make sure they warm up in each session and get used to the habit of warming up for the matches too. Check out the range of Soccer Training Drills at https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Soccer
Why use warm-up exercises?
Pre-exercise warm-up exercises:
Warms muscles by increasing blood movement through tissues, making muscles more flexible;
Increase the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscles by increasing blood flow to them;
Prepare your players muscles for stretching;
Prepare the heart for increased activity;
Prepare your players mentally for this session.
Why use cooling down exercises?
Using stretching exercises to cool off after exercise means gradually slowing down your player’s activity level.
Helps the heartbeat and breathing gradually return to normal;
Helps avoid fainting or dizziness, when strong activity is stopped suddenly;
Helps remove waste products from muscles, such as lactic acid, which can accumulate during strong activity.
How to set a quick and useful warming-up drill
Use an area, around 20 x 20 square meters.
After jogging and stretching for 10-15 minutes, tell your players to move in the area and start by playing one-touch football, in a team of three people.
Both sets of players have the ball and must pass and move.
Give one of your defenders a bib and tell them they must win the ball from one of the two teams.
Tell your team that they now have to play two-touch football and not lose ownership.
Have your defender run between teams trying to win the ball.
How to change soccer practice
Add another defender to put pressure on the player.
Vary between one-touch or two-touch football or allow each player to only have 3 seconds on the ball (they have to count to three out loud).
Reduce or add numbers to each team.
The main soccer training tips:
Make sure all players start with jogging and stretching exercises – make newcomers late doing the same exercises.
Tell your players to concentrate on accurate passes and use their skills to keep the ball away from the defender.
Tell your players to move into space and control the ball first so they can get through it more easily.