As much of the county is experiencing harsh winter, we are close to slowly building our way back to those longer, warmer, sunny soccer days of spring. Winter soccer training means different things to different players. Many players have wet conditions and cold temperature to deal with. Some have their regular fields and facilities closed until spring. If you are like us, in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, you are already dealing with 100 plus inches of snow.
Regardless of your weather, youth soccer is its off-season. What does your off-season look like? Does your team participate in local indoor/futsal leagues? Maybe your team takes a break for a couple of months. The answer for many soccer players in the winter is to mix it up. Getting involved in a different sport for the winter is a great option for many athletes. If you do participate in another sport, it is still important to keep a connection with the ball. If you are not involved in other activities you will need to keep yourself fit and train with the ball. Again, the key is to get creative and approach your training with variety so that you are not only prepared when your team starts it’s official pre-season, but you are also mentally fresh and excited to play again.
The following are a couple ideas to try out this winter that you can easily incorporate on a parking lot, driveway, tennis court, or gym.
- Work to improve your skill level with Isoccer – the new standard in soccer skills assessment. It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s easy to incorporate individually or as a team.
- Train with a Brasilian Futebol. An inexpensive training ball that is a lot of fun.
- If going outdoors or to a gym is not an option then search YouTube for many options to get a quality workout in your own house.
Whatever you do have fun, stay active, and stay warm.