Thursday, June 3, 2010

Free Soccer Drills: 4 Ways To Maximize Your Training Benefits

It's unbelievable but true that coaching individual players on the basic skills with the help of various free soccer drills performed in their practice sessions work best for them? Some soccer exercises do not require any specially designed pattern and equipment. They only need the ball and the player.

Why not discuss some of them in detail?

The following soccer drills can be performed without any supervision and each player must perform them individually.

The coach should teach Wall-kicks as “Keep your body relaxed and make use of all parts of your foot”. What does the player do here: kick the ball against the wall as many times as possible? By repeating this exercise many times, one can grow up to great from Good.

There are numerous variations of this exercise that players can perform for enhance their skills through this drill.

“Stair-stepping” is to practice by putting the ball before them. It works like this: Put one foot on top of the ball and then replace it with another, and do this recursively but not letting the ball to move in any direction.

Among the free soccer drills, this is not only productive but also a lot of fun. Teach the players to jump on and off the ball not letting the ball to move backwards.

This is little tricky but helps the kids to improve their ability to focus on the ball.

The “Machine guns” drill not only improves the talent of the players to use the ball but also increases the strength, stamina and dexterity. In Machine guns drill, the ball is put between their feet.

Their motion is more or less similar to the stair stepping game but the only difference is that the players do this on the side of the ball with the intention that the ball moves between their feet.

One should quit playing soccer, if he is not good at juggling the ball. Though this is true, as a coach, you should understand that it does not come easily and takes a lot of time and practice. Except for few, Most players would even take years to perfect this alone.

In this drill, your players should focus on using both their feet while juggling. The next drill is to toss the ball and use their thighs. They'll have to spin and use their heads to get back the ball and continue to use the feet.

It’s not an easy stuff, be patient and give time until the players learn to attain the balance.

Finally, it is good to mention that these are very basic and as a coach one should encourage all the players to do these free soccer drills. It doesn't require a supervisor and it’s a lot of fun.

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