Football is an athletic sport, and it has become more than a game that rewards the player with the best ball skills. Improving your body and physical attributes and chiseling your material weaknesses is extremely important in modern football, and the field leaning towards all these aspects is called football conditioning.
Soccer conditioning is actually of 6 concepts, or subsections if you will. The warm-up, strength, power, endurance, agility, and speed training components of a complete football conditioning program. I won’t go into too much detail with the article at hand, but what I do want to do is give you a glimpse of what each part is, what it’s like for you as a footballer (or your players if you’re a coach) and how this can be improved.
At the very beginning of football, ps individually and rather disorganized warmed up before a match. Aside from a few general warm-ups and stretches, they relied on the first few minutes of play to get them in the right shape to play at full potential.
Today, warming up is becoming increasingly important as it helps a football player in two ways: it protects you from muscle injuries such as strains and fractures. When the match or training starts, it takes you to your maximum playing ability. A third benefit comes from specific stretching exercises, making you more agile and flexible, which is a big advantage for a football player in today’s fast-paced game.
Strength is a crucial factor in football as it affects several skills used during a match, such as jumping, shooting, dribbling, shielding, balance, tackling, or marking. Strength is probably the only conditioning key component equally useful to all players regardless of their position on the court. Shielding is often confused with strength, but as you will see below, there is a difference between the two.
Power can refer to one of three things in football: the power of your shots, the power of your headers, and the power of your throws. While strength plays an important role in determining these three traits, you also need the right technique to make them work. The energy, there, therefore, a combination of strength and style.
For example, if you’re kicking a ball at the target, power will work toward a more powerful shot if you’ve trained your abs, lower back, and leg muscles, but at the same time, you’ll need to kick the ball perfectly if you want to get a really powerful and accurate shot. As a tire commercial once said, power is nothing without control.
There are two types of endurance, short and long-range Short endurance refers to your ability to sprint for longer and long endurance is more general and will help you win an entire race. It’s important to know that stamina isn’t just about being able to run for the ball longer in a match. When you get tired, you will also have a harder time focusing on the game, jumping, tackling, dribbling, finishing, and so on. Therefore, good stamina can help you get the best out of yourself for a longer period.
Note that it is very difficult to reach a level where you can run tirelessly, even in the final stages of the competition. Even professional football players who are part of the most powerful clubs in the world tend to get tired around the 80th minute, or sooner if they play a game at a fast pace.
Agility can help you at different levels in football. Goalkeepers have better reflexes and can hit high balls faster if they are more agile. Defenders will be harder to dribble, and their tackles will be more accurate and clean with the right level of agility. Midfielders can dribble easily if they are agile, and attackers work well on their speed to get in front of the defender and finish on crosses or dribble towards the goal when possible.
As with the confusion of power and strength, some people tend to put an equal sign between speed and agility. Where agility refers to quick reactions, speed refers to running at full throttle over a longer distance. The rate has two components: acceleration and top speed.
The acceleration lasts from the moment you start the sprint to a second or two before you can reach top speed. Agility plays a vital role in acceleration but has little to do with full speed. So focusing on agility exercises can improve your acceleration. Still, your top speed is hard to improve because it’s determined by a formula that involves your lower body strength, natural constitution, and running technique.