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Warm-Up Drills

Every training session or match should begin with a proper warm-up to ensure that players are mentally and physically prepared for what lies ahead. Here are a few key benefits of warming up:

  • Reduces the risk of injuries
  • Increases range of motion and body temperature
  • Activates the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Improves focus

On this page you will find a wide variety of warm-up drills which include dribbling warm-ups, passing warm-ups, tag games, and more.

Ajax Passing Square

Ajax Passing Square

The Ajax passing square is a simple and effective passing warm-up to work on different passing combinations and sharpen technical skills.

Small Tight Rondo

Small Tight Rondo

The small tight rondo is a simple rondo variation with 3 or 4 players playing keep away from a defender in a small space.

Bayern Relay Race

Bayern Relay Race

Bayern Munich likes to do a variety of relay exercises in training for players to keep technical skills sharp. Heres a common one used by the German giants.

Diagonal Short Short Longs

Diagonal Short Short Longs

Diagonal short short longs is a passing warm-up sequence to get players to work on short and long passes before a training or a match.

Basic Plyometric Warm-Up

Basic Plyometric Warm-Up

The basic plyometric warm-up is a great way for players to work on speed, strength, and balance at the beginning of a training session.

Safe Zone Dribbling

Safe Zone Dribbling

Safe zone dribbling is a musical chairs inspired dribbling warm-up that is especially great for young players to work on moving with the ball and reacting quickly.

Dribbling Around The Square

Dribbling Around The Square

Dribbling around the square is a simple and effective warm-up to get players moving and working on dribbling.

Rondo Last One Standing

Rondo Last One Standing

Rondo last one standing is a competition with two teams. Each team sends a defender to the other side to defend and the last team to maintain possession wins.

Head To Head Dribble Race

Head To Head Dribble Race

Head to head dribble race is a fun and competitive way to help players improve dribbling and turning with speed.

Square Dribbling Warm-Up

Square Dribbling Warm-Up

The square dribbling warm-up is a simple drill to get players moving and working with the ball.

Passing With Third Man Runners

Passing With Third Man Runners

Passing with third man runners is a passing sequence that can be used to practice passing technique, work on combination play, or as a warm-up.Set Up For this exercise position your team as shown in the diagram. One line of players starts next to a mini goal, one...

Numbered Passing

Numbered Passing

The numbered passing drill is a simple passing exercise that can be used as a warm-up or to help players work on passing and moving.

Slalom Dribbling Relay

Slalom Dribbling Relay

The slalom dribbling relay race is a great way to train dribbling in a fun and competitive environment where players slalom dribble through cones.

Dribbling Relay Race

Dribbling Relay Race

The dribbling relay race is a great way to train dribbling in a fun and competitive environment.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tag

Rock, paper, scissors tag is a fun tag game where players play rock, paper, scissors. The winning player becomes the tagger while the loser becomes the runner.

Juggle For Distance

Juggle For Distance

Juggle for distance is a simple juggling competition where players try to make it as far as they can without the ball touching the ground.

1v1 Tag

1v1 Tag

1v1 tag is a fun warm-up exercise that helps players develop their speed and quickness as they try to race past a defender.

Passing Down The Field

Passing Down The Field

Passing down the field is a simple warm-up drill where players pass back and forth to get their touch sharp on the ball before a training session or game.

General Dynamic Warm-Up

General Dynamic Warm-Up

The general dynamic warm-up is a basic warm-up routine that consists of many different dynamic movements that players should perform before a training or a match.

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