Football/Soccer Session (U14): Fitness for Soccer

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Pro-Club: Utah Youth Soccer Association

Greg Maas, Adult Member

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Greg Maas
Name: Greg Maas
City: Sandy
Country: United States of America
Rank: Elite – 2 points
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

The Fitness for Soccer session will provide coaches a practical demonstration on how to incorporate 'fitness' into a training session utilizing the ball. The session will progress from individual, partner, small group, and team activities in a dynamic, challenging, and game-related environment. 


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Individual Activities

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Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Individual Activities

Individual Activities

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Individual Activities:

1. Dynamic movements without the ball. 2. Introduce the ball and increase the player's range of motion, change of direction, and speed. 3. Add disc cones as passive opposition and ball mastery objectives.

Increase the temperature of the muscles. Increase the blood flow and oxygen to the muscles.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Partner Activities

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Partner Activities

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Partner Activities:

1. One and two touch variations. 2. Cone variations with sit-ups, push-ups, and tuck-jumps. 3. Nutmeg competition. 4. Plyometric competition.

Increase the speed of nerve impulses - making you faster. Increase range of motion at joints reducing the risk of injury of muscles and ligaments.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Small Group Activities

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Small Group Activities

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Small Group Activities:

Three (3) variations: 1. 2 v 2 + 2 transitional handball exercise (on the ground) - progress to feet. 2. 4 v 4 line soccer handball activity (as shown) - progress to feet. 3. Blackjack 21 head-catch possession game.

Angles, distance, and timing of supporting players. Awareness of space and time. Speed of thought, play, and general decision making. Verbal and visual communication. Confident and aggressive attacking mentality.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Team Activities

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Team Activities

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Team Activities:

Transition game. 4 v 4 + 1 in the middle with goalkeepers to 2 large goals. The team on the outside actively watches. If a team finishes with a shot that is saved or missed, they immediately transition off of the field and they are replaced. If a team finishes with a shot and scores, they transition to the opposite side, and the team scored upon is replaced.

Attacking and defending transition. Correct shape and balance of the team. Tactical implications of technique. Creativity and instinctive play. Decision making. Fitness for Soccer.

Cool Down:

Gradually reduce heart rate. Modified dynamic movements and static stretching - focus on major muscle groups. Review session. Remind players of upcoming training, games, or other events.


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