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Top 5 Coordination Drills for Soccer Players

Want to improve your coordination for the upcoming soccer season? Champion powered by GTM Sportswear has the key coordination and agility drills you should incorporate into your training.

Speed and Agility Drills

Corner Sprint Drill

  1. Section off an area on the field into a 5-yard by 5-yard square.  
  2. Place a cone in the center of the square and number the corner cones 1 through 4.
  3. Stand at the center cone and have a coach or teammate call out random cone numbers to you.
  4. Once a number is called, sprint toward it.
  5. After you reach the selected cone, sprint back toward the center cone.
  6. Repeat for 1 to 2 minutes.

Ladder Drill

  1. Stand on the right side of the ladder.
  2. As fast as you can, lift your left foot (ankle height) and into the first box of the ladder.
  3. Repeat the same action with your right foot.
  4. Continue until you complete each box.
  5. Repeat on the opposite side of the ladder.

TIP: Make sure your toes are pointing upward and your arms are at a 90 degree angle as you complete this drill.

Follow the Leader

  1. Section off an area on the field into a 20-yard by 20-yard square.
  2. Have a partner run at random speeds in different directions within the marked off area.
  3. While maintaining a 2-yard distance between you and your partner, try to keep up with them as they travel within the square.
  4. Continue for 3 to 5 minutes.

Control Drills

Standing Reaches

  1. Place 5 cones in a v-formation (the peak of the cones should be facing away from you).
  2. Once you are behind the cones, stand on one foot.
  3. At a speed you are comfortable with, use your opposite hand to reach out and touch each cone.  
  4. Repeat on each foot for 3 sets.

 TIP: Make sure you are placing the cones out far enough that you can reach them while maintaining your balance.

4-Way Lunge

  1. With your head and chest in a straight, upward position, begin a forward lunge with your right foot forward.
  2. Once you complete the forward lunge, return to your starting position.
  3. After resetting your position, kick out your right leg for a side lunge.
  4. Reset your position.
  5. With your left leg, take a big step backward and complete a reverse lunge.
  6. Reset your position.
  7. Kick out your left leg into a side lunge.
  8. Once you’ve complete a lunge in each direction (going clockwise), repeat each step going counterclockwise.
  9. Repeat for 2 sets in each direction.

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