Ever wonder how top level players became SO good? Check this Skill Station out with pro players Bev Yanez, current NWSL Defender of the Year Lauren Barnes and BMS Seattle trainer Othaniel Yanez.
Watch the video above, and below I break each drill down for you!
You’ll need a partner. Lay out your cones similarly to in the photo below; you’ll need your line of cones as well as four others (circled below). The four must be different colors, because your partner will be calling out colors at random. You’ll have to quickly leave your line of cones in the center, stay low, and dribble to the cone corresponding to the color called. Get out to the cone and back to the center as quickly as possible, keeping the ball close and under control.
Dribble S.A.Q. Pass
You’ll need a partner and two lines of eight cones each. One person dribbles through the cones with the ball, practicing whichever footwork he or she needs to. The other player travels in the opposite direction, practicing ladder footwork, sans ball. Once both players reach the ends of their respective lines, the ball is passed and the dribbling resumes on the opposite side. Fast footwork and close control are the keys to this skills station.
Y Drill 2
This one is a little easier to watch than to describe, but you’ll see the cone set up below, and you can watch the example in the video above. The name Y Drill comes from the Y formation of the cones, as shown. Each branch of the Y is a different station. You’ll need a partner to play balls to you at each of the stations (while the partner is not taking such an active role in this one, pass accuracy is key to ensure the drill runs smoothly!) Once Player 1 runs through the Y once, he or she will switch with Player 2.
First Touch Boxes
This drill is “all about receiving on the turn,” explains Copeland-Smith. All you need is a simple cone set up, as shown below, and a partner. The partner outside the box plays a ball in fast (the faster it is, of course, the tougher to keep it under control with a perfect first touch). The receiving player must control the ball on the first touch, turn, and play the ball back out.
All of these drills will help with your ball control, first touch and to strengthen your weak foot, as well as other things!
HI Everyone. I just had to share this email I got from soccer parent Chad Rzewnicki!
I wanted to reach out to you and thank you. My oldest Drake Rzewnicki was just invited to Stoke City National Camp yesterday. He plays U11 for the Des Moines Menace (PDL team organization + academy). He has worked extremely hard to get his skills up to compete at this level. Most of which I have to accredit to the The Soccer Vortex. We have spent hours upon hours working on this stuff. But, I would of never known what to show him without your help. So I thank you again. As far as I know he was 1 of 2 kids at his age group picked from our area in Iowa. The other one that was picked (Drake’s training partner) who also happens to be a Vortex user. I showed his Dad the Vortex last year and he got on board after that. Both of these kids will represent their club and BMS soccer well! They have great attitudes and a tremendous work ethic for only being 10 years old.
The one big thing we will be working on this winter to get ready for the camp is shot power. Right now Drake has a very natural curve with his shots (both right and left) but lacks the power to hit from too far out. All of his coaches have commented on how nice he can hit the natural curve on the ball. But, he lacks the power from the 18 or out. We will get to work on that right away.
Once again thanks for putting this all together!
What a great email to wake up to! You can tell that these two players know that Champions Do More! If you haven't checked out The Soccer Vortex yet, take a look HERE
How should I feel at peak performance?
In short, you should be relaxed yet energized. Your best state for performance is being slightly above your normal level of stimulation. You shouldn’t feel like you just had a double espresso, but you also shouldn’t feel like you just ate a Thanksgiving feast. Don’t mistake the stimulants of energy drinks with your natural own high. You definitely don’t want to be bouncing off the walls and jittery. Think calm, cool, collect with the ability to turn up the heat!
How can I achieve my optimal state?
It takes confidence, focus, control, and enjoyment.
When you are confident, you have positive thoughts of success. You know you are going to succeed. There is expectation. You aren’t scared or nervous. Being a little nervous won’t hurt you, but it shouldn’t be your affecting your psyche negatively. Confidence is within yourself, in your teammates, in your coach, in the gameplan. You trust your preparation and you trust yourself. Your instincts are true and your intuition is on point.
Focus cannot be forced. You have to be it and feel it. It might help if you try hard to be in it, but in the end, it has to be true. You have to be in the now. You are present in the moment with all distractions out of your mind. You could be in a stadium of 100,000 people and you wouldn’t be bothered by it. Having complete focus sends your energy in the right places.
You are in control. What you want to happen does happen. Everything you do is what you want. It almost comes at ease. Every touch, pass, movement is effortless. You don’t want be a robot, but you also don’t want your thoughts or emotions to affect you. It is almost like you are on autopilot.
You cannot perform at your best if you are not enjoying the moment. You can be withdrawn, bored, or uneasy. When you are having fun, you play your best games. You are in the moment enjoying and taking it in.
These four things contribute to your state of peak performance. Next time you play a game or practice check in with yourself and how you are doing in these departments. If one is lacking, how can you elevate that component? What can you do to feel more confident or why do you lack in confidence? Why aren’t you having fun? Why can’t you focus? What makes you feel like you aren’t in control? By dissecting these issues, you can figure out how to be at your state of peak performance.
If you want a resource with more than just footwork in, check out our introductory training system, '2 Weeks to Better Soccer' here:
Until next time, remember this always... CHAMPIONS DO MORE!
Not in any particular order, here are five ways to become a better soccer player!
#1 Improve your SAQ. What’s SAQ? Speed, Agility, & Quickness. These three things are important in most sports, especially in soccer. SAQ is needed to compete athletically with other players, but can also be the determining factor in you being successful in beating players. Imagine you are racing to the back post for the cross to score a header, chasing down someone on a breakaway, or maneuvering through defenders to score; speed, agility, and quickness can help you be successful in these actions.
#2 Be strong and physically fit. The second one is pretty obvious. You have to be able to run for 90 minutes. It’s not just running at one pace either. Start and stop. Sprint, run, jog, and sprint again. Soccer is nonstop and the pace is always changing. Unless you are a goalie, you have to be able to keep up with the running (keepers require a different kind of fitness). As for strength, it is important, to once again, compete athletically with players. You need to be able to hold your own. You need strength going up in the air for a 50/50 ball, or when you are holding off a defender and waiting for the rest of your attack to get involved. You don’t want to be all muscles though. Core strength is key soccer. Instead of bulking up, look to do bodyweight exercises. You still want to be able to be quick and agile; having too much muscle can actually hurt you.
#3 Improve your footwork and practice on your own. We don’t do this enough! It’s great to be physically adept at the game, but technique is key. The only way to better your technique is to practice! Find any way you can to get touches on the ball. Take a ball everywhere with you. Or do like Beast Mode Soccer and juggle a tennis ball! You can take that anywhere with you. If you have a wall, use a wall to hit the ball against the wall.
Take it from the legend, Dennis Bergkamp:
“There, a worn-out brick wall still stands testament to the innate footballing mind, maturity and drive present even in an 8 year old Dennis. He spent countless hours practicing, kicking the ball against it, experimenting with different ways of how to control it, seeing how it bounced and how many times, how that affected how it came back … things that still don’t occur to most professional footballers. It was here that his technique was refined to such precision that he would aim for a corner of a particular brick, each time with different pace, power and spin to see how the ball’s trajectory changed. That wall is the birthplace of Bergkamp’s obsession with control, the importance he gave to that first touch, the challenges he set himself from a very young age in order to come as near that perfection as possible.”
“It’s not thinking. It’s doing … Most of the time I was by myself, just kicking the ball against the wall, seeing how it bounces, how it comes back, just controlling it. I found that so interesting.”- Dennis Bergkamp
#4 Play Fifa. No seriously, play fifa! How can playing fifa improve your game? In playing fifa you have to make decisions for the players. This helps with your tactical game. You also get of sense of what to do in ALL positions. Playing fifa will help you improve your decision making. Also, you will start to learn about the players and the teams. This will help with #5…
#5 Watch soccer!!!! This is so important. Watching the game will take your game to new heights. Watch a player in your position and you will really benefit. You can then know what to do offensively as well as defensively. If you were doing #4 and playing Fifa, you will be able to really get into watching as you will know the players and teams. You can even join a fantasy league picking your own team and players. Getting into soccer in any aspect you can is the true way to become the best soccer player you can be. Beast Mode Soccer completely supports all things soccer. Whether you need to better your touch, better your fitness, or better your brain, we are here to help you achieve your goals. A great place to start is The Soccer Vortex (www.thesoccervortex.com). You will find ways you can work on for your game whether it be technical, tactical, physical, mental, and even information on nutrition.
Go out there and starting working on your game so you can become a better soccer player! #ownyourdevelopment
So rest up, eat clean, roll out, and get ready to rock your preseason!! This is what you have to look forward to:
This past weekend the top youth teams in the nation met in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over 185,000 players and 10,000 teams competed. Just fourteen teams from U13-U19, boys and girls, were declared National Champions! These champions fought hard. Battling through their perspective State Cups and then wreaking havoc in their regions, they made it to US Youth Soccer Nationals, a series that has been around since 1935 (http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/nationals/History/).
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Here you will find all things soccer. From updates on what we are up to in the BEAST MODE SOCCER house, to tips and tricks to take you to the top, to just good old soccer knowledge, this blog will serve as another resource for you to #OWNYOURDEVELOPMENT! Feel free to comment and share our posts. Cheers!