Speed of Play Warm-up
This soccer drill is a great warm-up to sessions relating to the speed of play in a soccer game. Players must have a good grasp of necessary passing and receiving skills to execute this soccer drill successfully.
Soccer Speed of Play Warm-Up Soccer Drill
This speed of play soccer drill is a great warm-up to sessions relating to speed of play in a soccer game.
- Create a 30X40 grid.
- Divide the team into even groups of 6 players per group (each group in different color pennies).
- Number the players 1 through 6.
- The ball starts with players 1 and 4 to start the warm-up.
Follow the progression below after working on a step for 5-7 minutes. You can spend more or less time on an area depending on the players and players might not be able to complete all of the warm-ups. With the players spread out inside the grid randomly and intermingled, perform the following progression:
- Players should pass to the next highest number upon receiving the ball. Player #1 passes to #2; #2 passes to #3; #3 passes to #4; finally #6 passes to #1 and the warm-up continues.
- Next, reverse the pattern where #6 plays to #5, #5 passes to #4; etc.
- Next, players play to odd players if they are odd numbers and even players play to even numbers. For Example, #1 passes to #3, #3 passes to #5, etc. and #2 passes to #4, #4 passes to #6, etc.
- Decrease the number of touches to make the speed of play faster by demanding quicker thought process.
- Limit the verbal communication by limiting the number of words the players can speak. For example, only let then say one word. So player #1 might ask for player #2 by saying "TWO."
- Lastly, only allow non-verbal communication such as hand clapping, pointing, eye contact, etc.
- Encourage players to think a step ahead and know who the ball is coming from and who the ball is going to at all times.
- Encourage proper passing and receiving skills.
- Movement without the ball is crucial as players attempt to get in triangular shapes.
- Disc Cones - Mini or Full-Size Disc Cones are a critical piece of equipment that every soccer coach must have in your equipment bag.
- Scrimmage Pinnies/Vests - Scrimmage vests, also called bibs or pinnies, are also another must-have in your soccer coaching equipment bag.
- Soccer Practice or Training Balls - Every player should have a soccer balls at practice to have a successful training session.