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Making Use of Ankle Weights in Soccer

Ankle Weights

As a coach, I can see how a “smart” athlete might see the value in ankle weights. Among other things, they are small, inexpensive, easy to find, portable, and they’ve been around for years. Read More »

Off-Season Training With Bob Bradley

Bob Bradley has been the Head Coach of several college, professional, national teams including the NY/NJ Metro Stars (now known as the New York Red Bulls) and the United States Men's National Team. He is currently the Head Coach of the Egyptian Men's National Team.

If you want to impress your coach when team practices start up again in the fall, you’d better make good use of the summer. Read More »

The Benefits of Jumping Rope For Soccer

Benefits of jumping rope for soccer

One of the best training exercises for soccer and many other sports is something that many people enjoy doing for fun anyway, however, it has been largely under-utilized until recently. That exercise is jumping rope. Read More »

Core Strength in Soccer

Importance of "core" in soccer

What is my “core”, why is it important in soccer, and what are some exercises I can do for it? Read More »

Shuttle Runs

Shuttle runs are great for conditioning, endurance, and agility

Shuttle Runs are an excellent conditioning exercise. They are best when used for pre-season and off-season conditioning or if soccer skills are incorporated. Read More »

Side Lunges

A player doing side lunges

As we previously explained, walking lunges are a great exercise that incorporates both dynamic stretching and strength training into one. Read More »

The 4 Priorities For Conditioning

Members of the Croatian National Team jog during a training session.

First, it is important to separate the ideas of “endurance training” and “conditioning“. Endurance is very important in soccer, but it is just one aspect of successful soccer conditioning. Read More »

Brazilian Agility and Ball Control Drill

Brazilian Ball Control and Agility

This drill that I found while browsing YouTube is a good drill for agility, first touch receiving, and it looks to be very good for conditioning as well.  Read More »

Training With Plyometrics

Training with plyometrics

According to About.com’s Sports Medicine Section Plyometric exercises are specialized, high intensity training techniques used to develop athletic power. Read More »

5 Easy Steps To Get Players To WANT To Do Conditioning

5 Steps To Get Your Players To WANT To Do Conditioning

If you ask any player from 8 to 40 what the worst part of playing soccer is, two answers will almost universally arise: losing and conditioning. Read More »