10 Mar Badass Soccer Technical Drill Series
If any of you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see a copious amount of Buddhism memes, motivational quotes, soccer videos, delicious vegan food, and EDC Las Vegas videos.
Amongst my friends, I’ve been labeled the rave-soccer-fit-chick-Buddha. It’s a ridiculous label, I know, but it perfectly describes the essence of my being. Raves are awesome. Fitness is invigorating. Buddhism is soothing. And soccer is mother-f*cking AMAZING.
I always joke with my friends that my most committed relationship has been the beautiful game.
So yes. Soccer is LIFE. To hell with getting married. It’s overrated.
And now that I’ve survived another Baltimore winter – full of blizzards, ice, indoor facility fees more expensive than my rent, and seasonal affective disorder hibernation – I’m ready to do naked cartwheels out on the field and delight in the joy of Spring soccer. Well, maybe not naked. To be more politically correct let’s go with carefree. 😉
Even better, I’ll be spending my free time outside filming technical drill videos for my blog. All free content. Woop, woop!
Technical skills are the foundation of flow of play, individual creativity, and the separation between the girls from the women. Technique is king and never ceases as long as the game is being played.
I don’t care if you’re a peewee who just started playing, or a Messi who has already created a legacy. Technical skills must constantly be trained, mastered, and polished.
So without further ado, here is the first post to my Badass Soccer Technical Drills series with a 4-part progression:
Once you’ve warmed up with the V-pulls and quick touches across, progress to V-pulls with one, dynamic touch across:
The next progression will teach your players deception with their touch. Enter: the hesitation. As you can see, every single touch has a purpose and translates over to the demands of the game.
Then, the final version incorporates a creativity component. If there’s one thing I specialize in, it’s coming up with shit on the fly. With every drill, I want my last progression to provide an opportunity for players to be soccer magicians and develop their right brain thinking.
Of course, shirts optional on the last progression. It may or may not work for you, but being shirtless just made me innovate more. (<— it’s neuroscience)
Give these progressions a try as a warm up, or for conditioning work with a 2:1 work-to-rest ratio.
For conditioning, while resting, work in core stability exercises to keep the heart rate steady, and ensure players don’t stand around scratching their nuts.
Enjoy and let me know how you do. If you have any other technical progressions, would love to shoot the shit and talk with you. <3