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What are some exercises I can do to improve in football?

I've been playing football for 5 years and it's something I love doing, But i would love to improve on things i'm weak at. #sports #football #training #exercise #fitness-training

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Dennis’s Answer

Assess your current status: Do you need to improve your speed, agility, strength, knowledge or football skills? Select one or two areas for improvement, preferably those that will have the most impact on your performance. Set specific, measurable goals, like I want to reduce my time in the 40 yard dash from 8 seconds to 7 seconds or I want to increase the weight that I bench press by 30 lbs over the next 2 months. Research ways to improve using specific exercises or drills, perhaps by searching online or focusing on those that your coaches have you do during strength training or football practices. For example, if you want to improve your football skills, watch what they do at the NFL combine (you can find it online) and see if there are any that you can adopt or adapt that will help. Seek assistance from a mentor, friend or coach. Measure your performance before you start your improvement plan. Make a commitment to your plan and do it consistently. Measure your progress along the way. If you attain your goals, determine if you want to continue to improve in the same way or work on another area. If you fall short, decide whether you need to do something differently to attain the goal, whether the progress that you made is sufficient or whether you'd rather focus your efforts on a different area for improvement. Most of all have fun and keep loving the game!
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Jenn’s Answer

Schedule a meeting to talk to your coach! Explain that you want to be the best player you can be and are interested in improving on your own, outside of practice. Ask for an honest breakdown of your strengths and weaknesses, and drills to help you improve as a player. (I suggest scheduling a meeting so your coach can think about this beforehand, and likely give you more detailed and useful feedback.)


Also remember that being a good teammate and a good person is critical to the success of the team. Do you cheer on your teammates when they make a big play? Do you encourage them when they mess up and are feeling down? Are you on time (or early) to practice? Do you give your best effort every day? If not, start working on those things right away - you don't need drills for those.


Similarly, how's your nutrition? Fueling your body better will help you perform at a higher level. Your coach or a school counselor might have advice on this.

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Tom’s Answer

To be the best you need to practice

Tom recommends the following next steps:

Work on your weak foot - Practice kicking the ball against a wall right foot and left foot
Stay behind after training to practice shooting, crossing, set pieces
For free kicks in shooting distance, have a routine, look at the ball, then look at the area of the goal to shoot, repeat 3 times before actually shooting
To keep the ball down when striking, ensure your knee is over the ball as you connect with the ball
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