SPEED AGILITY SOCCER DRILL
SPEED AGILITY DRILL For Children and Young Players AGE 6+
Session Difficulty: Medium
In this speed agility soccer drill & coaching session, were going to look at Speed, Agility and Quickness drills for children and young players. Now before anyone starts with the 'children should forget about running, it's football they should be concentrating on' comment, I completely agree - to an extent. However, I think it's vital that children, and young players are taught why it's important to be quick and agile, and understand how they inherit these key attributes.
I watched a session recently with the Ajax Academy, and they were working on SAQ work with there young players, and it proves just how vital it is to develop children not just technically with a ball, but also physically with the way they run, the way they jump, the way they change direction. One of the Ajax coaches said 'Before we even look at how they do with the ball, we want to see how they move. Are they light on their toes? Are they quick, and most importantly, do they love the game?' This is vital for the development of a young player.
As a scout, the first thing i'm told to look out for, is how the child moves. Does he run well? Is he light on his toes, or does he look quite heavy legged? Does he have good balance and co-ordination? All these key skills are developed through specific SAQ sessions, and the one below will develop your players specifically for football. There's no use in sending a young player to do 10 laps of the field. This i'm completely against. It has no correlation to what he would do in a match, however football-specific SAQ work can have a huge impact on a child's development.
Would Messi be as good as he is now without amazing balance, speed, agility and co-ordination?