Stretching exercises for soccer players do not only increase your flexibility but they also have positive effect on your capability to perform ball skills. Your agility around the field is also enhanced.
A good range of motions will help you in performing skills with some greater consistence, poise and elegance. You are also able to change direction more quickly and you have a greater speed off the mark.
Stretching to improve flexibility instead of a warm up needs a slightly different approach. Each stretch ought to be held 20 to 30 seconds, and be repeated at least twice. For example, you would not perform a hamstring stretch, then a calf stretch and then a quad stretch and repeat the whole routine. Instead you should perform 3 hamstring stretches, then 3 calf stretches and so on.
The following are some general, but vital guidelines to bear in mind before beginning soccer stretching routine.
Do not hold a stretch which is painful. It should instead feel tight, and the tightness should lessen as you hold your stretch.
Breath: Avoid holding your breath when you stretch. This may raise your blood pressure, leaving you feeling dizzy.
For maximum results, you should try stretching each day, or at least 3 to 4 times a week.
Ensure your body is warm completely before you begin your stretching exercises. You should either do 5 to 10 minutes of some light aerobic exercises, or perform your stretches at the end of your training session.
Hold your stretch for 20 to 30 seconds. You should “shake out” your joint and limb and repeat for 2 to 3 sets.