Soccer sprinting skills drill

Help develop your young players' forwards and backwards sprint skills with this basic fitness football (soccer) drill. It's a useful warm-up drill and can be used for indoor soccer training sessions, too.
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Sprinting forwards and backwards soccer drill

  • Place three cones in a straight line with 5 yards to 10 yards between each cone.

  • Players should sprint forwards from cone one to two.
  • Then run backwards from cone two to one.
  • Finally, sprint forwards from one to three.
  • Look for how your players keep a lower centre of gravity when changing direction. They must bend their knees to keep balance.
  • Repeat sprinting drill five times. Rest for 60 seconds between repetitions.

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