Pre-season training is a great way to learn about your players, work on your strengths and weaknesses as a team and to implement alot of components involved within the beautiful game of soccer (tactics, strategy, positions etc.)

In order to compete at your best and for your team to play at it's highest level then you need to commit to pre-season training. You need to commit to pre-season training in order for your strength and fitness to be at its peak in time for your first competitive game of the season.

Pre-season should be planned according to the level of the team. The days, hours and weeks should also be planned depending on the level or age of the team. Pay attention to important details such as technique, and as the coach make sure everyone is exerting maximum effort in order to reap the rewards of a good pre-season. When planning, meet and discuss options with coaches.

A few areas of focus during preseason training include aerobic and anaerobic conditioning which helps your team perform at the highest level towards the ending of games. Speed, agility and quickness (SAQ) at a young age can separate good players from average players. As the level of play increases so does the speed of play. Being quick doesn't just mean the ability to run fast, it means you can move in all directions quickly. This is why S.A.Q drills help with many quick movements involved within soccer. Technical training is an important part of pre-season training. You can fine-tune technical skills by working on ball mastery, passing and receiving, possession-based activities, 1v1's and finishing.

Summary 

  • Plan ahead
  • Make your Pre-season training relevant to the ability of group.
  • Gradually increase the tempo as the days/weeks go by.
  • Have a backup plan.
  • Encourage maximum effort.