For the soccer players to have an outstanding achievement while playing; an exceptional level of personal fitness is deemed essential. To play well for over 90 minutes (sometimes 120 minutes) soccer players need a very high fitness level to cope well with the hard tackles and the running involved.
Regarding this, what do soccer players need to do to achieve this level of required fitness?
When carrying out soccer fitness training, the fitness coach always put more emphasis on proper warm, speed, agility and good recovery.
Stretching of the thigh muscles is very important as it helps introduce the body to the physicality involved when playing the game. During the warm up session, players can jog a little as well as do some press ups. A proper warm up session is very important for a winning mentality as it confines the players into solely focusing on the game.
Soccer is a sprinting game. Besides the skills accompanied with it, players are expected to do some running so that the opponents do not get to snatch the ball from them. And it is not just sprinting. In soccer a player must know when to run and how to do so well. This therefore makes sprint training a vital practice for achieving some good personal fitness for soccer players. To achieve this some little sprinting session with the players having ball on their feet is the way to go. During sprint training, the running path must be irregular as in a football game soccer players will be moving irregularly once they are in possession of the ball in order to creatively evade opponents.
Soccer players who possess good running speed as well as agility stand a good chance of evading their opponents more easily. The faster the player is, the faster he can move to the opponent’s goal and score. Speed is a critical factor in any soccer game as some goal scoring techniques like counter attacking heavily relies on. Some of the best speed enhancing exercises for soccer plays include running against a hill, sled pulling as well as band runs.
Soccer involves lots of muscle use. For example when defending a corner, there are lots of pushing involved. When soccer players are preventing their opponents from moving towards their goal, lots of hand blocking is involved using the hands as well as legs. These, without a doubt requires soccer players to develop some power. Strengthening upper and lower parts of the bodies is a good way of developing some power. Exercises such as bench pressing, squatting and push ups are some of the most popular training exercises that help players develop power over time.
The best soccer players are those who are able to dribble the ball and change their direction of movement in a quick and skillful way while running having in mind they got the ball on or close to their feet. Most soccer pundits refer to this quality as “agility”. This should not in any way confused with speed. To instill agility in soccer players some exercises like running randomly around short poles and step jumping over hurdles are preferred. During training sessions, some soccer clubs prefer simulating the agility by using players instead of poles as players are able to give a human judgment unlike poles.
Soccer is a very physical game. After a match, a well planned rest is essential for the player to regain his energy and be fresh for the next challenge. By having some rest, the rebuilding of fatigued muscles occurs. A good post match meal and some good rest help do the work. For most professional football leagues across Europe, a day or two is always preferred to give players some good recovery time.