Every good training session should begin with a quality dynamic warm-up comprised of soccer specific movements. In this post you will see four soccer specific warm-up exercises.
Rick Moss, Director of Coerver, instructs players during a Warm Up drill, which is part of his Covering Performance demonstration at a recent Glazier Soccer Clinic. Coach Moss is from England and has multiple years of coaching experience with club and youth soccer players.
This drill is set up by making a grid that is approximately 20 yards in length and width. Players are split up into different groups working across the grid. The first players in each line go together with the second and third players following. Coach Moss demonstrates the warm up he wants done and then the players follow working across the grid and stopping on the side before going back across.
The four warm up exercises that Coach Moss works on with the players are listed below:
1. Side to Side Shuffle
The first player in each line shuffles facing one direction and then switches direction half way across the grid. This simple exercise gets the feet and legs moving while players start to get their bodies warmed up.
2. Inside/Outside Ankle Touches
The next warm up exercise involves each player bringing their feet and legs in and up to touch with their hands, then doing the opposite so their feet and legs go to the outside where they touch each again. If a player is not used to doing this, it will take some time and involves a lot of coordination.
3. Jog & Backward Shuffle
Each player jogs out to the first cone located in the middle of the grid, then they shuffle backwards switching direction every couple yards as they move back to where they started.
4.Jog & Forward Shuffle
The players jog out to the first cone, then shuffle through the three cones in the middle of the gird, and finish by jogging to the other side of the grid.
This clip is a sample from a presentation conducted by Coach Moss. For information about how to gain access to his entire presentation, as well as hundreds of other clinic presentations, click the link Glazier Soccer Clinics
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