It goes without saying that hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard. The most accomplished players of the current times all have their stories of the sacrifices and pains they went through for them to reach their current standards.
• Agility exercises
In a soccer game, players that make a difference are those who either score goals or prevent a goal from being scored. Agility drills include sidestepping, carioca footwork, dribbling and shoulder feints. Soccer is well known as a beautiful game, and such agility drills bring the pleasure and sweetness of watching it. This is because they are so useful in beating players while on one on one situation hence leading to more goals. Dribbling can either be in a closed confined or open space, and the players need to perfect this type of skills, natural talent always comes in handy in agility drills.
• Endurance exercises
As humans, we are all born with equal normal lungs but as a professional soccer player, you need to have that extra gap of air. Soccer is a game of 90 minutes or sometimes 120 minutes, and you need to have the capability to run all throughout the game. Marathon runners are athletes with the highest endurance thus to gain more endurance one needs to continuously run for a certain distance while increasing it gradually.
• Speed work
Since the start of professional soccer, the pace of the game has always been on the rise. Soccer is a game of intelligent passing combined with fast counter attacks. Players need to increase their natural speed by sprinting on the field and on inclined areas. Fast sprinting towards the top of a hill makes it easier to sprint while on a plain soccer field.
• Teamwork drills
Soccer is a team game of 10 outfield players and one goalkeeper. The better you gel as a team, the higher your chances of winning than only being good individual players. Teamwork involves knowing the individual qualities and movements of your teammates hence making it possible to pass the ball to him intelligently and focus on destabilizing the defense of the opposing team. Having good managers who can nature the talents and came up with appropriate formations helps to bring up the team.
• Body fitness and strength
Soccer is proudly known as a manly game due to the contact that is associated with it. The defenders of the game usually heavily build and bully type hence body strength is required. Body shielding to protect the ball is part of the game, this requires a good body balance and strength. It’s a blessing to all players to take part in football matches in a session, but since our bodies are not robots, fitness issues take its toll. A player is required to take part in fitness-enhancing exercises like muscle stretches, massages and proper rest to enhance his fitness. Taking balanced diet and enough fluids is required daily; this is prescribed by a sports nutritionist.