Warm ups

Soccer coaching warm up moves

1) in-betweens with step-over 180 turn. To do the “in-betweens” stand with the soccer ball between your feet which are about shoulder width apart. Using the inside of the right foot, tap the ball softly to the inside of the left foot. Then using the inside of the left foot, tap it back again to […]

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Passing and movement

A useful warm up before a match or training session or as part of a basic skills practice. Start with 5 players in a circle with a 20 yard diameter. Then have another player behind each of these players. See diagram on the left. X1 starts with the ball and passes to X2. X1 then […]

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Mini hurdle hops

Start 5 yards (4 metres) away from the first mini-hurdle. Sprint to the hurdle do a forward hop over it. As soon as contact is made with the ground laterally jump left over the next mini hurdle. As soon as contact is made with the ground jump forward over the next mini hurdle. As soon […]

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Mega square warm up

Purpose Designed to provide a rapidly switching soccer warm up which is suitable for all ages and allows the coach to ensure that interest is maintained. With all age groups, continuing with one ‘drill’ for too long will cause players to get bored and to slow down to walking pace.  The length of time for […]

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Match day warm ups

Warm-ups before youth soccer matches present a wonderful opportunity for you to coach and improve your soccer team. Much of the soccer coaching on game day is mental preparation, rather than soccer skills, soccer tactics, or fitness. Successful soccer coaching depends on managing the time carefully, creating a positive, confident, and fun state of mind […]

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Goalkeeper warm up exercises

Bounce and Catch Have them hold a ball in their hands high over their heads, bounce it down to the ground and then catch it waist high. The catch should emphasize the classic ‘W’ shape, thumbs together, other four fingers angled out at 45 degrees. Keepers should be moving around and changing directions during this […]

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A soccer coaching stretching routine for young children

Ankles and Knees: hands on knees; knees bent; rotate knees in a circle in one direction 5 times; repeat in the opposite direction. Hips: stand straight; hands on hips; rotate hips in exaggerated fashion in a circle in one direction 5 times; repeat in the opposite direction. Torso: stand straight; lock hands in front of […]

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Pre-match warm-up routine for U9s

Start off your pre-match warm-up routine by getting every player dribbling a ball in the penalty area. I give a variety of instructions: stop, turn left/right, accelerate and slow down. Then I ask the players to dribble again until I tell them to “leave your ball and get someone else’s”. This part of the warm […]

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