There is a broad range of levels when it comes to high school soccer players. While some may be in the intermediate skill level, others are still in the beginner stage of their soccer development. When you implement drills to your soccer practice and training, it is important that you take this into consideration and create drills that can cover both types of players.
Soccer is a physically demanding game and it requires a high level of physical fitness. A player’s fitness will determine how well the player can employ their skills on the pitch. For soccer players between the ages 14-18, it is important to build their endurance, stamina, speed and strength. One of the important aspects of soccer practice will be conditioning.
Conditioning will help the player keep up with the demands of the intense game. Jogging and sprinting drills are essential to build the player’s physical fitness. Devote the first hour of practice to conditioning. Make your players run on a 400-meter oval, alternating between jogging and sprinting. Let them jog for the 1st 100 meters then sprint the next then jog again. They can do this for 30 full minutes.
Since high school players are now playing the full 11-aside 90-minute game of soccer, they will be running an average of about 5 miles every game, so it’s best that you train them for that. You can still add more conditioning drills like the T-sprints. Divide the team into 2 groups and line them up. Place a cone about 20 yards in front of them, and 2 cones that are 10 yards from the first cone on both the left and right sides. Let them sprint to the 20-yard cone, jog back to the cone on the left, then side jog to the right cone, and sprint again to the first cone and jog back.
Cool Down Drills
Once the conditioning drills are done, give them a breather by letting them do juggling. It’s a great warm-up that will allow them to rest yet stay active at the same time.
The next drills can include the popular Monkey in the Middle, shielding drills, and shoot out drills. Goalkeepers need practice, too, so divide the team into 2 groups again, and place them 12 meters from the goal, as if it’s a penalty shootout. Alternate shooting between the two groups quickly, forcing the goalie to react quickly and challenge the next goal. This will help him develop quick reaction, anticipation, and the ability to stop rebound shots in real games.
There are so many drills that you can use for high school soccer players. Just keep their skill levels in mind. Strength, speed, and endurance conditioning are highly important as are decision-making exercises.