4 Steps to Explosive Change of Direction

Real agility is so much more than ladder drills, shuttle runs and cone drills. And although there are critical elements of agility that can be trained in each of these categories, relying on these drills as the only source of agility training leaves a huge gap in player development. Agility, at it’s most basic level, is fairly simple…can

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The Most Overlooked Aspect in Skill Development

There are two sides of soccer skill development… The TECHNICAL side of coaching how the foot strikes the ball, the weight and direction of the touch, etc., and the PHYSICAL side or coaching the body into better positions of balance, quickness, or bursts of power. In my opinion, these physical aspects are overlooked, undercoached and

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Situational Agility: Face or Turn Back to Player

This post is taken from Sub Chapter 5.11- of our SoccerFIT Yearly Program, where we are talking about body position as it relates to soccer speed/agility, specifically regarding the ability to anticipate a situation and make subtle changes to the hard wired agility patterns based on desired tactical outcomes…
Body Position in Relation to Other Players:

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Spring Season – Part 2 (Training Focus)

This blog series is aimed at the high school player, and will provide you with research, programming tips and information that we have gathered over the years.
In the last post we looked at trends we have observed over the last decade in high school girls soccer, basically showing a loss of athleticism and increase in

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Spring Season – Part 1 (What to Expect)

This blog series is aimed at the high school player, and will provide you with research, programming tips and information that we have gathered over the years.
For over 10 years we have monitored the year round training of our high school girls, and over that time we have compiled quite a bit of information about

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#4mileInterval Partner Challenge (Video)

To keep things fresh and competitive during sessions we often will allow players to team up to hit some of our training challenges. In this Anaerobic Power training session, we use our 4 Mile Interval Workout (2 Half Miles, 4 Quarter Miles, 6 200 yd Runs and 8 100 yd sprints with brief 50-80 yd

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Soccer Speed Training: 6 Player Overlap Sprint Repeats

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, repeat

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ACL Injury Overview (Research Review)

In the past, we have put up several posts on ACL injury, rehab and risk reduction exercises, but I ran across a summary of research articles (Serpell, Scarvell, et al 3160-3176) compiled in the NSCA’s Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that I wanted to break down for you. The following is a brief breakdown

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