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3 Key Qualities of a Good Defensive Midfielder or “Stopper”

Brazilian Defensive Midfielder, Sandro

Hi Coach, Do you have any tips for being a better defensive midfielder?

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How Orlando City FC Keeps Soccer Training Fun – Practice Game

How Orlando City FC Keeps Training Fun

Even adults need to have fun while they’re training. Orlando City FC’s soccer volleyball challenge accomplishes that while still keeping the practice competitive and allowing players to practice their soccer skills.

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Learn Brazilian Agility and Ball Control

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. 

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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.

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Bob Bradley’s Off-Season Training Plan

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.

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What Are The Benefits of Jumping Rope For Soccer?

Benefits of jumping rope for soccer

Why Should Soccer Players Jump Rope? Jumping rope improves balance, coordination, agility, and overall speed.

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The Importance of 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?

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Shuttle Runs – Conditioning

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.

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Side Lunges – Conditioning

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.

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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.

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