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    Soccer players need a combination of aerobic and anaerobic fitness. Positional specific fitness training and exercises are central to modern fitness theory.

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SAQ Circuit (Skill Stations)

Drill Objective(s)
  1. Develop speed, agility and quickness.
  2. Develop fitness levels
  3. Develop a variety of football-based techniques
  • Drill No:               SAQS 2
  • Age:                    15-adult         
  • No Players:        16
  • Difficulty:            Moderate - Advanced
  • Area/Time:         (35 x 35 yard grid, 4x4x4 min training principle (40 mins))
Diagram 1 - SAQS Circuit

ORGANISATION:

Set up circuit as shown in the diagram.

The group is split in half. One group works (reds) while the other (white) is actively resting as servers.

Reds work for 4 minutes then rests for 4 minutes as the white group works. Each group completes the circuit 4 times.
INSTRUCTIONS:

Players start at one of the 8 stations and move around the circuit in a clockwise motion, completing:

  • Passing exercises at each yellow cone.
  • Ladder exercises at each ladder, followed by a football technique.
  • Hurdle exercises at each set of hurdles followed by a football technique.

 

For simplicity in explaining, we will start the circuit at the bottom right cone:

 

  1. Red exchanges passes with a central server, using both feet.
  2. Red works through the ladder in a forward motion (2 feet in). With the server he then completes 2 side foot volleys, one left, one right.
  3. Red exchanges passes with a central server, using both feet.
  4. Red works through the hurdles in a forward motion (bunny hops). With the server he then completes 2 half volleys, one left, one right.
  5. Red exchanges passes with a central server, using both feet.
  6. Red works through the ladder in a forward motion (hop-scotch). With the server he then completes 2 laces volleys, one left, one right.
  7. Red exchanges passes with a central server, using both feet.
  8. Red works through the hurdles in a forward motion (1 foot in). With the server he then completes 2 knee control and volleys, one left, one right.
The white group then works. Repeat 3 times.
SCORING:
N/A
KEY COACHING POINTS:
  1. Work hard and don’t cut corners.
  2. Perfect movement technique before working on quickness.
  3. Ensure quality with the football, even when tired.
  4. Help your team-mates with encouragement as they tire.
 
PROGRESSIONS:
  1. Do SAQ exercises using lateral movements.
  2. Do SAQ exercises using backward movements.
  3. Do SAQ exercises using random movements.
Alter football techniques, e.g. inside-foot ball control and volley, chest and volley, heading etc.
 
VARIATIONS:

  1. Work anti-clockwise.
  2. Any spare servers can interrupt players working and get them to perform a technique. etc.
NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:

Explain thoroughly and demonstrate the first time, using a visual aide if possible. A clear explanation will help you save time and further explanations throughout the session.

Ensure players work hard and to their maximum. Play an uncomplicated small-sided game afterwards.

Always involve footballs to increase motivation. Constantly alter the exercises and football techniques to freshen the session up.
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