BALL WORK & FAST FOOTWORK Training
All of the best soccer players in the world have quick EVERYTHING - quick feet, quick ball control and quick decision making. But this isn’t about talent, this comes with focused training!
SPEED UP YOUR FOOTWORK, DECISION MAKING AND BALL CONTROL
During my training sessions with the Pro Soccer Players, I aim to enhance their condition and movements with and without the ball.
The functional training exercises that I give to my clients allow their movements to become efficient and smoother, increase coordination and enhance their agility - everything they need to better their footwork.
To train for faster footwork, we use many different drills and equipment. We use a soccer ball (of course), ladders, cones, reaction signals and body weight exercises.
Fast footwork training benefits for soccer players
Functional training to enhance footwork
Functional training exercises are SUPER for enhancing footwork (with and without the ball) for any athlete.
In my training program, the exercises focus on balance, agility and coordination. These areas are the foundation towards faster footwork and movements. Once you have strong foundations, it is easier to execute complex footwork exercises without making mistakes, losing balance or risking an injury.
Functional training exercises rely on your own body weight and your technique needs to be correct to ensure you are engaging the right muscle groups - so this means constant adjustment of your positioning and movements during an exercise (which is exactly what you need to do to achieve fast footwork).
Functional training also mixes endurance and power throughout many exercises. This is relevant to speeding up your footwork as you need to be able to cope with different intensities of speed and movements.
My top fast footwork exercises
Want more exercises to enhance your footwork? Check out some of my favourites below:
Push-Up Burpee: Improves your power, endurance and control of explosive movements. You engage your entire body as you change direction while strengthening and adjusting your joints as you land on the floor.
Reverse Lunge Knee-Up: Improves the foundations of Balance & Coordination + adding different intensities of movement (power & explosive movements + slow & controlled movements)
Jumping Lunges: Enhances Balance, Coordination, Power and Quick Movements of entire body + Improves ankle strength when landing.
Strengthening your foundations of balance, coordination and agility will help your footwork become faster and more controlled. Plus, incorporating joint strengthening exercises will also help prevent ankle and knee injuries while doing fast and complex movements on the pitch.