Any good coach these days utilizes and implements soccer drills into all his training sessions. Soccer drills if conducted properly provide a platform for all players to develop and grow with the game.
Setting up grids with strategically placed cones is not enough. Having players walk through the drills is also of no benefit. Soccer drills need to replicate match conditions.
So what are match conditions? Match conditions are simply all out physical and mental exertions to try and defeat your opponent. The pace on match day is of high intensity and requires 100% effort by all players.
Training drills need to replicate match conditions and need to create urgency amongst the players. Players going through the motions will not benefit anything from these drills. Also players working at a slow pace will miss out on all the aerobic and anaerobic improvements that come with working at high intensity.
The benefits of working at high intensities are pretty obvious and include an increase in aerobic capacity of the lungs. Also increases your anaerobic threshold and decreases the effects of lactic acid build up in the muscles. High intensity intervals also develop the required specific body muscles required to play soccer at the highest level.
Anyone heard the saying, “practice makes perfect”. What better way to practice your soccer skills by implementing soccer drills that specializes and concentrate on one aspect of the game. By constructing specific drills, players can continue to practice certain skills through repetition and in a team environment.
Any player wanting to improve their game needs to apply drills and continue to practice them through repetition. Repetition is the key to improvement and development of any player irrespective of their age.
The higher number of repetitions, the more practice you’ve had, and the closer you get to that elusive manager holding your million dollar contract.