In this manual, we start off by getting a better understanding of what we expect to get out of the warm up period. First and foremost we want to reduce the risk of injury. As we state in chapter 3, there are eight causes of injury that we need to be aware of as we attempt to reduceRead More
Here is a question I received over email today…
I’ve completed initial testing with a team of U14 girls. They are generally strongest in speed and weakest in fitness. In the fitness category, the median was 326 and average is 367…in the lower end of developing. I’d like to try to increase everyone to low 717
As we prepare for our pre-season (usually about 8 weeks prior to our season start date) we want to begin making a slow shift from our non-specific sprint training into our specific sprint training. We need to consider two key aspects when designing these drills.
What conditioning effect do we hope to achieve (max speed, repeatRead More
We now have over 700 coaches in 30 countries using the SoccerFIT Game Speed Test to evaluate their players and teams. Some of the college coaches have found the test a very useful preseason tool, as it shows strengths and weaknesses in SKILL, SPEED and FITNESS, and can quickly show where you are strong (andRead More
Last week I presented our “Game Speed” program at the 2012 NSCA National Conference in Providence, RI. As I talked to other coaches about our program, it became clear to me that many of you were interested in our approach to agility, and especially our outcome based agility or Game Speed. This post is forRead More
Earlier this week, I was going over some old posts that we put up on other soccer training sites. One post, and one comment in particular, from earlier this spring caught my attention… In a discussion of the post TECHNICAL WORK: The faster the better, the discussion was centered on training technical work at gameRead More
The most important question to ask when creating a testing package is, “What do I want to know?” Too often we sit down and try to come up with tests for speed, agility, strength, power, skill and fitness, and although this is ultimately what we want to know, we go about the process all wrong.Read More
Over the last decade we have trained over 6000 athletes. And in that time we have seen players take their speed, strength and power to levels that we never thought possible. But occasionally, this just wasn’t enough to win them a starting role. We quickly realized that enhancing a player’s 40yd dash time was notRead More
When it comes to “technical work,” can we be TOO technical?
Interesting question…and in my opinion the answer is “YES!” I understand that foot angle & toe placement when touching the ball is extremely important. But as coaches, we must ask ourselves “how much technique is TOO much?”
The answer lies in the product & end result