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Soccer training — speed training for football game

Soccer Training — Speed Training For Football Game

Speed Training For Soccer Football Game

So you want more speed in your soccer (football) game to out run your opponents and are at odds at how to go about it. Well, to develop speed to play soccer well is very much different from developing speed say, for a track and field race. Why is this so? That is because you have to develop various types of speed instead of just sprinting speed.

The types of speed you need to develop are:-

•Thinking speed — You must think fast on your feet (pun not intended) and adapt to the furious pace of the game. You are running and thinking at the same time. How to feign a movement, how to create space, which position to run into, who to pass the ball to, to shoot or to dribble or executing strategies from your coach…..etc. The flow of thoughts are endless and are coming fast and furious until the final whistle is blown.

Thinking speed can be developed with a good football coach and by playing competitive soccer game often.

•Acceleration speed — Acceleration speed is crucial. You need to suddenly pick up speed very quickly when your opponents are closing in on you. This sudden burst of speed will catch your opponents unaware or caught them flat footed if your acceleration includes a sudden change of direction.

You can develop acceleration speed by developing strength in your entire lower body. All your leg muscles including your glutes (butt muscles) are recruited when you accelerate. Weight training with squats, lunges, stiff legged dead lift and calf raises are crucial to develop power in your lower body. When your lower body muscles are strong, you can also jump higher when you are going for a heading.

High Interval Intensity training also helps you to develop acceleration speed as well as building up your endurance and power.

• Turning Speed — When you dribble, turn and feign fast, you need to have great body stability and strength. You can only turn fast and powerfully if you have strong and stable core muscles.

To develop powerful core muscles, do crunches, reverse crunches, bridge, plank, side crunches etc. These exercises are to be done slow and deliberate compacting the core every time you breathe out.

When you have physically developed these muscles well, coupled with good skill training and stamina, you will be one hell of a speed demon on the football field.

Us world cup squad chosen, brian ching not in final 23

US World Cup Squad chosen, Brian Ching not in final 23

WITH THE FIFA World Cup 2010 nearby, USA head Coach Bob Bradley decided to stick with tried and tested players for the American Natiional team that will head to South Africa this June. Apart from the absence of Brian Ching, the USA World Cup 2010 squad saw more of an expected lot chosen in the final 23.

The training squad that was announced on Wednesday, had been earlier cut by Bob Bradley from 30 to 23, in time for the World Cup desdline of June 1, in order to foster team-building. Answering questions stemming from the replacement of Ching with Robbie Findley in the forwards, he said, «It’s important in any team-building process to get to the final 23, and clearly there were some tough decisions to make. «

«We are confident that this is a group of players that will work together and be committed to doing whatever it takes to be successful», he added.

The US World Cup squad for the FIFA World Cup 2010 this June, is:

Forwards: Jozy Altidore, Edson Buddle, Robbie Findley, Herculez Gomez

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Stuart Holden, Jose Torres, Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard

The US starts their World Cup 2010 run with their first match against England on June 12 in Rustenberg. Their next match would be against in Slovenia in Johannesbergon June 18, followed by a match against Algeria on June 23.

We will provide you all the latest updates from Fifa World Cup 2010.

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