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Making Use of Ankle Weights in Soccer

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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How Can I Improve On My Own?

All it takes to get better on your own is a foot, a ball, and determination

I played my first soccer season this year, and I am in the 9th grade. I want to do better.

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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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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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How Important Is Recovery Time In Sport

A female player stretches in recovery after a game

Here is a brief follow-up to our article on overtraining.

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Training With Plyometrics

Training with plyometrics

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

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Single Leg Balance Reaches

Abby Wambach performs a single leg balance reach

Balance reaches are a common exercise for basketball players and even golfers. They can also be useful for soccer players, as they help develop the leg strength and jumping ability that can be crucial during physical play or for winning flighted balls.

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The 4 Phases of Player Development – “The Romance”

U12 - The Romance Stage

FOUNDATION PHASE: THE ROMANCE (U-12) Development of individual skills — individual and small group tactics: The effect of the role model is very important at this stage of development.

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