by Patrick Beith
Let’s learn how you can increase your soccer speed and and improve your overall agility with some simple training exercises. Increase your speed, improve your agility, and overall quickness with the soccer agility drills below.
Soccer players must have exceptional speed and quickness levels that must be consistently trained. A 30 meter straight ahead sprint is not the only way to assess an athlete’s speed. There is a difference between quick and fast. The best athletes have a combination of both quick and fast characteristics and both elements must be trained.
Lateral speed and agility work lays the foundation for an athlete in any sport. You know that agility training is used to improve foot speed, quickness, acceleration, switching gears, cutting, starting/stopping, change of direction, and reaction, but did you also know that agility training aids in preventing injuries by improving body control through proper movement mechanics?
With all of the benefits of agility training, you must include this in your soccer speed training program. Agility speed drills are an important aspect of soccer speed training. Here are our top 3 soccer agility drills:
To start this drill, you should stand in an athletic position in front of cone #1. On a command of a coach or training partner, laterally shuffle to cone #2. Touch the top of cone 2 then sprint diagonally to cone #3, touch, then shuffle to cone #4. Touch cone #4 then sprint diagonally to cone #5, touch and laterally shuffle to cone #6. Touch cone #6 then sprint forward 5 yards to the finish line.
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