Spring soccer season is just around the corner and you want to make it your mission to be the most prepared player on your team. That preparation begins now! A big part of the preparation is physical conditioning, but that is only one piece. Honing in on a strong soccer mentality and developing your personal Soccer DNA are also important when preparing for spring soccer.
Developing your soccer mentality
How you approach the game of soccer mentally will have a tremendous impact on your ability to face adversity and conquer obstacles on and off the pitch. To better understand your mental approach to the game of soccer, answer these questions: Who are you? What are you made of? What is your mission? Will your actions, thoughts, and words reflect these standards you have set for yourself?
Envision that you are a coach trying to get you, as a player, to be the most prepared you can become day 1 of spring training. How would you organize your day?
Knowing there is a limited amount of time in each day, you must organize your time to achieve peak performance throughout the day. To do this, you must be able to understand what is important, what is not and the ability to make a plan and stick to it. What should you prioritize to do? What needs to happen every day, and what can you accomplish in a week? What things can you do in the morning and then still be able to train with intensity in the evening alone or with something else?
The most successful people are the ones that are the best prepared!
The most successful people in the world are able to balance living in the present and prepare for the future. Everyone’s path to the start of the soccer season will be different. Some of you are currently involved in a winter sport, classes or events that require your focus in the short term. It is on you to find ways, each day, to focus on both the present and the prepare for the future.
- Find a workout partner.
What workout programs are you going to take part in? Create your workouts together. This will help you to be accountable and commit fully to a plan.
- Train for Speed Endurance.
Soccer is a speed endurance sport. As a soccer player, you make repeated sprints over relatively short distances followed by short recovery periods of jogging. Your training should reflect this so you are able to maintain your speed throughout the game. This type of training will give you an advantage over other players. Keep in mind that speed endurance training will also train the aerobic system, providing you with very effective training. Just running at one speed does not do you any good while training for the game of soccer!
- Keep a log of what you accomplish each week.
Compare your results week over week to see your progress. How can you improve your training using these logs?
If you are looking for a few more ideas for training and drills, check out Amplified Soccer. This is a great resource for all things soccer training.
Be accountable to you. Be the coach of you. Good Luck!