If you play soccer at any level, you need to master three primary skills – dribbling, trapping, and striking. Of course, juggling the ball can draw a crowd, but would you rather show off on the sidelines or dribble past an opponent on your way to scoring a goal? We will show you some of the best soccer drills to improve the soccer skills you need to succeed on the soccer field.
Soccer is a sport you can practice on your own with minimal soccer practice equipment. A soccer ball and some basic household items is all you really need to set up soccer training drills that you can do every day. Try these two drills to improve your dribbling and trapping skills.
Triangle Drill: Keeping the ball close and in control is key to dribbling well. This drill teaches you ball control in a tight space.
Inside / Outside Cone Drill: This drill improves your basic soccer skills for both trapping and dribbling.
Weave in and out of the cones. This move can be a little tricky, but once you master it, you’re dribbling will be top notch and you’ll be able to trap the ball with the inside or outside of each foot.
Soccer skills training is important to improve your basic skills. It’s also important to stay in top physical condition. These two basic soccer drills will have you winded but feeling more fit every time you do them.
25’s: This drill improves your aerobic fitness, acceleration/deceleration ability, as well as your speed while dribbling.
Plank Climber: A strong core is key to running faster, striking harder, and longer endurance. This simple exercise works your entire core safely and effectively. No ball needed.
Strength training is key to explosiveness, agility, speed, and endurance. A combination of plyometrics and isometrics can elevate your strength training and improve your technical and tactical soccer skills.
The Speed Skater (plyometrics): This exercise mimics the movements of a speed skater and increases your ability to move side to side.
Kind of feels like you’re speed skating, right? Try and hold the lowered position on each side for a few seconds before pushing off to the other side. You can do this as an agility ladder soccer drill by launching yourself down the soccer ladder if you have this soccer practice equipment.
Squat and Hold (isometrics): One of the “mother” exercises, the squat works your entire body in one exercise. This version includes isometric holds, making it even more effective (and hard!).
Remember to keep your stomach muscles flexed to increase the intensity of this squat in your core.
Practice can be tedious, but daily soccer drills will make you better. And as with any sport, you can spend a fortune on soccer skills training equipment. Resist the urge. Maybe get some soccer cones, but you can make your own soccer training center out of things you have at home.
To help you get stronger faster, we recommend the Activ5 portable training device and coaching app. Activ5 has over 100 gym-based exercises that can improve your endurance, balance, and power. Activ5 makes workouts fun, tracks your progress on a sophisticated smartphone app, and functions as a game controller. Even the Pittsburgh Steelers are using it!
Remember to consult with your physician before beginning any exercise routine.