Quality not quantity is the secret of successful soccer coaching says Wales Assistant Manager Raymond Verheijen. “For example, first you do a certain exercise on a certain pitch size, and then you make the pitch size smaller, and then…
The body’s reaction to it’s training is so specific – if you practice shuttle runs you get better at shuttle runs, if you want to get better at football guess what you need to practice?
9 out of 10 coaching sessions end without even the most rudimentary cool-down and the quickest way to improve relative to the teams around you is to do something they don’t. Might the cool-down provide a massive opportunity to give our players a competitive advantage?
A decent warm up channels the abundant energy at the start of training into effective soccer-related activities, and has been shown to significantly improve young players’ aerobic output. But you don’t want a ‘decent’ warm up; you’re here for the ‘perfect’ warm up. So how do we go about building it? Well let’s start by looking at what the perfect warm up will achieve.