Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session – Objective
There is a need to do a Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session in the first 4-6 weeks before the first soccer game of the season.
A preseason strength and conditioning Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session prepare soccer players for their long 10 month upcoming season. Building a strength foundation is important for improving skills, preventing future injury, and quickly enhancing overall fitness. After the soccer season ends, typically in May or June, soccer players are resting to mentally and physically recharge for another year of competition.
Preseason strength and conditioning should focus on re-activating your muscles during this Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session. Before soccer players can dive into speed and skill, they need to focus on regaining full-body strength. Strength training should involve exercises that progressively increase muscle strength. All players have a different body shape and body build, so it’s important to listen to your body and start with body weight exercises.
Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session – Details and Stages
The Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session WARM UP consists of 5 minute light jog since it is the first session of the season. Players need to get to know each other. The 5 minute cycle for jogging is done at an easy pace so the players can talk to each other. the 5 minute jog cycle is followed by 2 minute stretching, for 7 minutes total.
For Stage I in this Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session, the group is split into 2 smaller groups, consisting of 6-8 players in each group, and will take about 30-35 minutes.
Group I will do another 5 minute jog cycle , followed by 2 minute stretching. Group II will be performing core exercise and abs for 7 minutes total.
Then both groups switch activities. We repeat this cycle as the 5 minute cycle and 2 minute stretching cycle is repeated by Group I, while Group II will do another set of core exercises and abs.
Below are example exercises you can find online, such as 10 minute Abs work out and the 7 minute core work out.
Stage II in this Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session, we implement the ball, and will take about 30-35 minutes total. Group II will play a Rondo, 1 touch passing, with 1 or 2 players in the middle, while Group I is doing another 5 minute jogging cycle followed by 2 minute stretching. Both groups do the same activities upon the switch. As a progression, we add an extra defender in the middle of the rondo for the second cycle.
To finish on a positive note in this Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session, for the remaining 20-25 minutes, we add two small goals, and we play a full game with all players involved.
Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session – Coach Kevin Van Vreckem
This Conditioning Possession Pre Season Soccer Session has been used by Coach Kevin Van Vreckem.
Coach Kevin is part of the Boynton Knights FC Academy Program, who are partnered with Boca United Football Club.
They are operating under United Soccer Development Academy (USDA) as South Florida Football Academy.
Coach Kevin is from Belgium where he played at a decent level, he is a passionate and dedicate coach “for love of the game and kids”.
“Growing up, we focused a lot on positioning and working as a team. You can win or lose games on positioning and I try to get the kids ready for the future when they will probably play more naturally gifted players. Positioning is something you can teach the kids and they can rely on that for years to come, even if they are not as naturally gifted as the next player. I try to teach the kids to work as a team. They all want to get the ball, but you can only get the ball when you have a good starting position as a team, and put pressure as a team. Once you have the ball, there are passing patterns you can work on during the year to get a cross or shot in asap. (Positioning, Pressure, Passing).”
Coach Kevin has been exposed to and trained in all positions of competitive play; specializing in defensive responsibilities, (i.e., defender and sweeper) requiring delaying, channelization, acting as 1st and 2nd defender, tackling, counter attacking, and support of ranging goalkeeper. He is skilled in defensive techniques, including delaying, heading, slide tackling, shielding, and stripping, and skilled with both right and left foot. High intensity, high concentration. Excellent timing and anticipation, positioning, reading the game. Knowledgeable in rules of the game, team and individual strategy. High pain threshold. Very strong leadership skills on and off the field. Take-charge mentality. Loud game voice.
Appreciated and respected by many. Referrals available upon request.
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Coach Kevin Van Vreckem
USSF National “D” License (2017)
Phone: (561) 654-0485