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Dynamic Soccer Warm Up

Playing out the back with neutral full backs

Objective(s)
Organization

1) Decrease the risk of injury.
2) Develop power, agility, speed.
3) Mental preparation & focus.

• 15x2yrd channels in an area of approx. 15x25yrds.  Age: 12-Adult. Ideally 5-6 players in each group.  Create additional groups as necessary. Each channel can have the same set-up or each of the progressions can be used in a circuit/station type format.
Instructions

Progressions

1. Triangular cone arrangement with cut half way and turn at the final end cone.
2. Vertical cone arrangement.
3. Coach triggers the start of the fast footwork and asks for a pre-footwork activity.
4. Turn the exercises in a race format.

• Coach/Trainer leads the exercise until players are familiar enough to perform on their own.
• Fast footwork activity followed by a sprint and also recovery phase.
• Running patterns and variations are shown in the diagrams below.
• Coach initiates starts to add an element of reaction after a period.

Coaching Points

1) Low center of gravity with executing the footwork exercises and any turns.
2) Plant and drive using the outside foot.
3) Small steps and deceleration when entering into a turn or cut.  
4) Balanced head movement.
5) Good arm and leg co-ordination with opposite arm and opposite leg movements.
6) High stride frequency at the beginning of a sprint or acceleration.
7) Slight forward body lean when sprinting or accelerating.

Diagram 1 - Set-Up
• Basic set-up with 5-6 players preferably in each group.  All phases include a fast footwork activity followed by a sprint and then a recovery phase.

Jogging

Lateral Shuffle (Shoulders Forward)
Sideways Shuffles
High Knees (Lateral Step Overs)
Triangular Shuffles
Add Cuts
Add Turns
Reverse Shuffles
Lateral Shuffle
Slalom Lunges
2 Footed Hops
Dead Leg Runs
Reverse Figure 8 Pattern 

 

Soccer warmup

Diagram 2 - Progressions
• The cone arrangements differ with the progressions as shown in the diagram.  Warm-ups can be run with each group doing the same activities or each group performing a specific station prior to moving to another one. 
Dynamic soccer warm up progressions and stations
Variations
Vary the size of the channels to make shorter and more quick and intense.  There are many dynamic exercises that can be incorporated into this activity and feel free to experiment.
Notes & Observations
Focus on technique of the exercises as opposed to the overall speed.  Developing a good opposite arm and leg motion to a running style is vital to speed at the higher levels.
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