Soccer Fitness - Improving Reaction and Acceleration

This is a soccer fitness drill that focuses on improving reaction time and acceleration.

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  • Create a grid that is 30 X 30 yards.
  • Place a cone directly in the middle of the grid.
  • Split the teams up evenly on the 4 corners.
  • No balls are required at the beginning, but will be used later in this drill.


  1. Players 1 and 2 are the lead players where player 3 and 4 are the followers.
  2. Instruct players to return to their same line after each turn.
  3. Players 1 and 4 jog towards the middle cone.
  4. Player 1 makes a fake (or two) and sprints to cone 2 or 3. The goal is for the lead player (player 1) to make it to the cone before the following player (player 4).
  5. If player 4 beats player 1 to the cone, player 1 does 10 pushups.
  6. Now player 1 and 3 go and 2 is the leader and 3 is the follower.

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  • Switch so that all players have a chance to lead and follow.
  • Add balls and make players dribble, make a fake and beat the follower to the cone.

Coaching Points

  • Leader fakes and quickly sprints to the cone
  • Follower reacts quickly and accelerates to beat the leader

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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Soccer Drill Titled: Soccer Fitness - Improving Reaction and Acceleration
Tagged: soccer fitness, improving reaction, improve acceleration, reaction and acceleration
Published by: Chris Johnson
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