Soccer players are required to have high levels of fitness and athleticism combined with technique. Soccer practice is how we develop those skills and techniques while having a built in fitness program while doing that. Soccer practices need to have a main objective of what technical skill we are going to work on which could be: dribbling, passing, receiving and kicking. Athleticism and skills includes changing direction, and varying their speed without losing the ball. Understanding body control and individual drills will help them with these types of skills.
How do we make a better passer, shooter and dribbler during soccer practice? We develop both feet and when developing both feet in a soccer player, the earlier the better. This development needs to be implemented within the first year of soccer practices for youth players. Even if the age of the player makes it most difficult to have foot equality, it is crucial to have players understand that they need to have foot equality. Start developing this skill early and it will help keep kids from trying to be so strong footed. If they understand that trying to do everything with one foot is not the way to play soccer they will attempt and put more importance on trying to play the game correctly early.
INSTRUCTIONAL SOCCER PRACTICE FORMAT:
WARM UP (roughly 5 minutes)
This segment should include general body movement and coordination exercises that may be or may not be with a ball. Without them being aware of it, this introduces players to the demand to bring up body temperatures and stretch muscles in advance of physical activities. The use of a ball for stretching is preferred over static stretching. Static stretching may also be introduced at this time, but it is not as enjoyable as playing with the ball. Besides, it is not really necessary for this age group.
WATER BREAK (recommended – roughly 2 minutes)
When creating a soccer lesson plan, remember the following points:
1. As a coach, you should adjust your sessions to comply with the number of players on the team. Every drill should be set up accordingly and match the number of participants.
2. With communication being a key factor for success, you have to make sure that your instructions and activities are age specific - the younger your players, the simpler the language must be.
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