Soccer Training

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Anaerobic Training

Intense exercise between 70-100% of your maximum heart rate is usually short in duration and is considered anaerobic. During anaerobic activity, the body supplies itself with energy from stored sources, primarily glycogen. In this process, lactic acid is...

Stretching Exercises

Obliques (External & Internal Oblique) Trunk rotation Trunk-sided bend Back (Latissimus Dorsi & Teres Major) Buttock (Gluteus Maximus, Medius & Minimus) The muscles on your buttocks (glutes) wo...

Individual Training Program

Individual training is important for players who don't have the option to practice with their team every day. There is no silver bullet routine that all footballers should follow. Instead, you have to setup a routine that fits your own goals and schedule....

Goalkeeping

How to catch the ball With goalkeeping, the margin for getting away with mistakes is very low. Safety and effectiveness should be your primary concern. The keeper is typically expected to make all routine saves in a match and attempt to deflect the rest....

Tackling

How to pressure the ball Skillful defenders can read and anticipate their opponent's moves. Typically, when the attacker has the ball at his feet you have to jockey him. To contain or jockey an attacker means to position yourself in front of him and wait...
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How to head the ball One of the most common obstacles with heading the ball is overcoming your natural fear of getting hit on the head by a flying object. Remember that you are trying to strike the ball so don't just let it hit you. Before jumping for a...

How the Muscles Work

Types of muscles About 35% of the body's weight is attributed to muscle. Muscle tissue is generally categorized into three types: Cardiac muscles are only found in the heart and make short, rhythmic contractions. These muscles are "visceral" or cont...

Speed and Agility Training

Speed training is all about stressing your muscles to the max so it's vital to rest after each session. Muscles regenerate on the day after the actual exercise, so workouts should be limited to 2-3 times per week at most. Speed training is best performed...

Soccer Questions and Answers

Playing in games How to win in 1v1 Beating your opponent in 1v1 requires good reflexes and patience. When dribbling, you should always be the closest person to the ball. Therefore, when the defender tackles, you will be able to contact the ball befo...

Agility Drills with Ronaldo

Slalom run This is a simple, warm-up drill where Ronaldo slaloms across a line of cones and plays the ball back to his training partners. Zigzag drill Here, Ronaldo is shuffling his feet quickly as he zigzags across a row of cones. To keep...

Dribbling Around Cones

Slalom Start at one end of the cones and slalom through as quickly as you can. Use both feet to push the ball inside and out. To go faster don't push the ball farther away from your body, instead focus on moving your feet more quickly. Same fo...

Shooting Technique and Mechanics

The instep drive Most players assume that producing an accurate shot depends on striking a particular part of the ball. Actually, the important thing is driving your foot and following through. Focus on driving the knee of your kicking leg in the directi...
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