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Practice Planning and Team Warm-Up for Soccer

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  • Take full advantage of your warm-up time by including technical work
  • Keep your team in a competitive mode and prepare them for competition
  • Learn to center your practices around your goals, player abilities, and improvement areas
with George Kuntz,
UC Irvine Head Men's Soccer Coach

An essential element of finding success as a team is being prepared for competition through well-planned practices.

In this instructional soccer DVD, George Kuntz explains what every good practice needs and gives you some ideas on how to plan your practices based on the unique qualities of your team: age, tactical ability, experience, etc.

Coach Kuntz stresses how important it is to take out what isn't working, fix it through practice, and put it back in and analyze the results. He explains how practices should be balanced between immediate needs versus both seasonal and future development needs. You will learn Kuntz's four pillars of successful soccer and a simple, systematic tool for analyzing and improving the pillars.

Kuntz shares a process for how to take your goals and break them down to activities that take place during practice. Learn tips for:

  • Measuring improvement
  • Keeping your team in a competitive mode during practice
  • How to organize an actual training session
  • How to vary exercises based on your players' abilities and other variables

Keep your training sessions focused this season and learn how to effectively practice to meet your goals and your team's biggest needs.

Warm-ups are a key part of practice. They get players ready for practice, but also need to reflect elements and scenarios of the game while maintaining a player's interest in the practice. Kuntz presents a number of activities to accomplish these goals:

  • Dynamic Warm-ups - Moving stretches to loosen up players and prevent injuries.
  • Warm-up Touches - Use window drills with light dribbling, juggling, and short passing to prepare for more demanding drills. This trains players to see the game as it develops, find windows to see the field, read the situation and adapt. Also improves timing, balance and agility.
  • Passing Exercises - Incorporate triangle passing, open-field passing and variations of each to get your players to move off the ball and constantly looking for support (similar to a game). These exercises will help improve first touch, mobility and passing over increasing distances.
  • Third Man Run & Shoot - This warm-up exercise will strengthens your players' technical skills and will get your players passing to space, running toward the goal and getting shots on goal.

In practice you can go through the motions or you can grow as a player. Playing the game is the best teacher. Set up practices with games that teach success and put your team in a competitive mode so they are encouraged and motivated to always do better.

Get your players excited about the day's practice by providing fun and creative avenues to work toward achieving your team's goals.

88 minutes. 2010.

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