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10 Most Important Things About Speed Training

At any level, speed separates the outstanding players from the average…So, soccer speed training sessions should play a major role in your training.

Soccer athletes must have not only an endurance base, but also the ability to sprint at full speed for short distances. Training for soccer speed requires a mix of aerobic conditioning (i.e. distance running) and anaerobic power (sprinting).

Here are 10 common questions, and some helpful tips to keep in mind as you start your speed training.

1. How often should this type of training be done?
If high school or college, then some of these activities should be done four days a week: two days, a day off, then two more days. Club teams that only meet twice a week should do a little of each when training, but players should be encouraged to do some on their own two more times a week.

2. You mean speed/acceleration and lateral speed/agility each workout?
Probably should plan on two days for each, say, Monday and Thursday for speed/acceleration and Tuesday and Friday for lateral speed/agility. If twice a week, then a little of each when training.

3. Is there a preferred time in a practice?
As these activities teach technique and footwork, training should be early in practice. A fatigued player will not be able to perform the skills properly.

4. Should speed training be done all year?
Probably not. Early offseason training is usually low intensity and high volume. So speed training should begin closer to arrival to preseason training and during the season.

5. How many exercises?
Variety is a good idea, so select four to eight drills per practice and rotate activities each session.

6. Should everybody do these?
Absolutely. Don’t pigeonhole players according to position.

7. These are short-length activities. What should the work:rest ratio be and what should be done during recovery?
This training is for running technique, not per fitness. So allow recovery to occur. A ratio of 1:3 should be the minimum with full recovery the goal. This is not used to improve endurance via interval training. During recovery, the players can stretch or do individual ball skills. Standing around only leads to mischief, as coaches well know.

8. Can a few days/weeks be taken off?
Not a good idea. Repetition is important. There is a training concept called reversibility more commonly called “use it or lose it.”

9. At what age should training like this be added?
Probably around middle school age. Younger players need skill time more than this.

10. Any suggestions for game day?
Warm-up for competition should prepare the athlete for what is coming, and that includes some high-speed running. A series of five or six short sprints in the final five minutes or so before kickoff is advised.



source: http://www.active.com/

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