Position Specific and Well-Rounded Training for All Soccer Players
In today’s era of a consistent well-rounded player you need ensure you have a year round training program in place.
Here are a few key ingredients by position to help you focus on your game during the season and especially in the off season.
Strength training for most forwards should emphasize agility and balance, making core strength the top priority.
It’s helpful for forwards and attacking midfielders to be quick and agile. Leg exercises should create a balance between hamstrings and quadriceps, with an emphasis on lean muscle fiber.
Generally speaking, the goal should be to compliment cardio and plyometric work by strengthening muscles and ligaments in the midsection and trunk.
Be sure to develop a long-term workout program with the help of coaches, trainers, or teammates. Coaches and trainers can give helpful advice and point players in the right direction to maximize their efforts.
Defenders face the challenge of creating a workout program that appropriately balances increasing speed without sacrificing strength. Rugged, tough defenders who lack speed can be beaten in one-on-ones by speedy forwards.
On the other hand, slight defenders can be pushed around in the 18-yard box. Therefore, it’s important to have a well-rounded strength training program. The best defenders and defensive midfielders work around the year, especially in the off-season.
Goalkeepers need the leg strength for powerful goal kicks, the upper body strength to battle against tough strikers in the penalty box, and the quickness to cover the entire mouth of the goal.
Goalies must excel at quick, explosive movements, and plyometric training is perfect for developing these habits. Strength training that supplements plyometric work by building leg and core endurance is a great foundation for a goalie workout program.
Focusing on your whole body is just as important as position specific training. The more well-rounded you can be, the more you will see your game improve day after day and month after month.