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Last year I watched a youth soccer practice and by the time I got home I was still in shock. Most of my thoughts were simply of renaming the coach to old school and I was also a bit angry. I wasnt angry at the coach. He was doing what he thought was right and what had been taught to him. I was angry at the director of coaching for this soccer club for not watching his coaches, correcting them and bringing them up to speed on the best practices methods for youth soccer player development.
Running laps in youth soccer is common and done for many reasons. Some coaches use laps thinking it will condition their players. Others use laps for warm ups, while others often use them as punitive exercises for players that are misbehaving. Unfortunately all of these reasons are wrong and slightly misguided.
First look at conditioning.
Youth soccer players and even competitive players dont run laps the entire soccer match. Most of their conditioning needs should be geared towards how they play. Short to medium bursts of extreme speed followed by a slow jog or walk is what they do in a game. This is what we should condition them for. High intensity 1 v 1 or 2 v 2 wave games are the best for conditioning players and combine soccer skills with conditioning. If you want to have them do sprints, put a soccer ball on their feet. The players should have a ball on their feet with every form of exercise. You can increase the number of touches by over 300 each practice simply by adding a soccer ball. Do this over 20 practices and you have increased the number of touches a season by over 6000 per season. By the way adidas superstar foundation black , that is more touches than most collegiate players will get during games their entire playing careers.