Soccer Conditioning Drills that Build Skill and Coordination: Part 2

By RonUsher | Uncategorized

Jun 28

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What about the U12 and U14 athletes? What do they need for soccer conditioning.

At this level, they need to be challenged more. The conditioning drills can be harder and more challenging.

They can be a little longer and work on building endurance and strength.

Kids at this age are developing their muscles and bones. They need to be challenged enough so that their bodies get a workout.

However, they are still kids.

  • Do not train them like you think professional athletes are trained. You don’t do this for a few reasons;
  • First, they probably physically aren’t developed or ready for this type of training.
  • Second, they need to have room to keep growing and developing. If they do too much, what can they do more of when they are in college?
  • Third, they have so much to learn and improve on in terms of soccer skills and strategy that spending too much time on conditioning won’t help the team. Being in great shape doesn’t help if you don’t know how to play.

At this age, especially if they plan on competing at higher levels or even if they just want to become more fit, it is important that they start to take responsibility for some of their own fitness concerns.

Homework can be given so they can work on strength, speed and endurance.

They can do additional strength exercises at home as well as running form drills or speed work.

Another advantage of having the kids be responsible for their own soccer conditioning program is it teaches them how to make and set goals.

(That is if you teach and show them and hold them accountable. They won’t learn it on their own.)

For soccer conditioning and fitness exercises that are appropriate for younger kids and older kids that aren’t ready for super challenging work, then go click on soccer conditioning for kids.

It’s great for younger kids and those kids that are new to soccer and need developmental work on athletic skills.

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