Soccer Fitness and Conditioning Fitness Tips For Kids Soccer (DOC) by primusboy


									Soccer Fitness and Conditioning - Fitness Tips For Kids Soccer
As a Personal Trainer and Soccer Coach, there are a number of important
points that you should be aware of when training your kids to be fit for
soccer. Your first consideration should be the age and current fitness
levels of your players. It is very important to realise with your
training that kids are not just little adults, and as such adult fitness
and conditioning drills are largely inappropriate. Second consideration
should be the types of soccer drills that you are going to use. For
children, I always like to make sure that a ball is involved in all of my
soccer fitness and conditioning drills. For this reason I use a lot of
small sided games for training my kids, as small sided games keep them
involved and moving at all times, incorporating both fitness and ballwork
When considering fitness drills for your kids, your first realisation
should be that kids are not just small adults. Adult fitness drills are
generally inappropriate for kids. For the kids that I coach I tend not
worry about any kind of fitness drills at training up until about the age
of eleven. Up to the age of eleven I try to coach them so that they are
active throughout the whole of the training session and I fi nd this
sufficient in terms of soccer fitness After this age you should take into
consideration the current fitness levels of your players when considering
fitness drills. You must then decide which elements of fitness you want
your players to work on and formulate your drills accordingly. The
various elements include speed, agility, and endurance.
At all training sessions, my primary aim is to maximise the number of
ball touches that each player gets during the session. For this reason in
most instances I incorporate a ball into the fitness drills that I use
with my players. If you devote a significant amount of time to fitness
training then you will significantly reduce the amount of ballwork that
you are able to do with your players. The best way to avoid this is to
incorporate a ball into your fitness drills. Another method that I have
used with older children ad with representative teams is to give players
a preseason fitness routine. This ensures that your players have a base
fitness level when you begin training and will mean that you can spend
more training time on ballwork and skills and less on fitness and
There are many elements of soccer fitness that players require when they
play a game. Factors like speed, agility and endurance ar e important
elements that players require on the soccer field. I find that using a
variety of small sided games is an effective way of training these
different elements of fitness whilst not having to make the players do
fitness drills. In an ideal world the players will not even realise that
they are doing fitness drills. There are many different small sided games
that I use to simulate the different elements of soccer fitness I find
that these are a great way to incorporate both fitness and ballwork into
my soccer training sessions so that the players have fun, and learn the
different elements of soccer fitness that they require to enjoy the game.
In terms of soccer fitness and conditioning your first thought should
always be that kids are not just little adults. If you try to use adult
fitness drills with kids they will usually lose interest very quickly and
become discouraged. Use a ball as often as possible in your fitness
drills in order to maximise the number of ball touches that each player
receives during the training session. I find that the best way to do this
is to use a variety of small sided games with players so as to teach them
the different elements of soccer fitness that they require. The most
important elements of soccer fitness for kids ar e speed, agility and
endurance, and the soccer drills and small sided games that you use
should focus on developing these elements in each of your players.
Are you looking for soccer coaching resources. Looking to get more out of
your young soccer players. I have coached young soccer players for a
number of years. Check out my website at for more soccer drills and coaching
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