As we covered before, warm ups are absolutely key and an essential part of any training session or fixture preparations. You can read our guide to warm ups here, but if you’re looking for some inspiration and some warm up ideas then read on as we highlight our favourite warm ups, both with and without the ball.
Conductor and Orchestra – Warm Up Without a Ball
The players start facing you and must listen and react to your instructions and move in the relevant directions.
Call the following instructions:
You can also introduce some dynamic stretches such as high knees and heel flicks to really get the blood pumping and muscles loosened off.
Dribble and Movements – Warm Up with a Ball Each
Set up a small playing area and start your players dribbling a ball each around the area using various skills and turns.
On your whistle, they must leave their balls and make various movements to each ball such as:
The players are free to choose the movements that they make but they must change after each ball they pass.
On your second whistle, the players collect a ball and continue to dribble.
Gates – Pairs – Warm Ups with a Ball Between Two
Arrange your players in pairs.
The pairs of players must try to make as many passes to each other through as many gates as they can in a set time period.
The player in possession must look up to see which gate their partner has run to.
The pair with the most gate passes in a set period of time are declared the winners.
Red Light, Green Light – Group Warm Ups
The players must react to your call.
Any players caught doing the wrong movement are sent back to the starting position.
Strength and Power – Warm Up Circuits
Arrange the players in pairs and tell them to react to your whistle.
The players then become servers.
The servers now jog back to the starting position.
The whistles work on a conveyor-belt effect. On each whistle a new pair is entering an area that the previous pair has just left.
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