Step jump drill to improve soccer fitness levels
Tiredness in the last 10 minutes of a soccer game can create a stressful end to your team's game and cause late goals to be let in. Endurance is as relevant to your players' match play and skills set as scoring goals because you want your team to perform at their best for the whole game.
Soccer fitness levels
If your players are fit, they will be able to put even the best teams under pressure. Don't waste the speed of your players by letting them stay unfit, you'll be surprised how much quicker you can make a young player simply by making sure they are fit.
Working on soccer fitness levels can be done in small bursts during your soccer coaching session. You can use the warm-up time to put players through their paces.
Try this simple step jump with your players.
- Stand beside a cone or soft object to be cleared.
- Bring knees up and jump vertically, but also laterally, off the ground and over the marker.
- Land on both feet and jump back in the other direction.
- Ground contact time should be minimal – don’t dip into a full squat position.
- Repeat for 15 seconds and a total of six sets.
- Rest 30 seconds between sets.
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