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Football Small Sided Fitness Conditioning PDF

Football Small Sided Fitness Conditioning

Football Specific Conditioning Drills 

Using football drills, small sided games and possession sessions for conditioning has considerable benefits:

  • Passing
  • Dribbling
  • Shooting
  • Movement patterns
  • Technical skills
  • Tactical skills 
  • And most importantly…… 


How often do you see clubs carrying out pre-season sessions, in-season sessions and general fitness sessions without a ball?

You know yourself that doing continuous running, intervals, circuits can and does get a little boring. The sessions in this item have been designed to improve your players endurance (lactate threshold, VO2 max and anaerobic capacity).

Motivating your players by using small sided games is the most effective technique available to improve player’s fitness levels for football.  Table 1 Shows the advantages/disadvantages of carrying out traditional and football specific training methods.

Motivation of a player is improved when football and competition are involved. Also, more similar movement types and patterns in soccer drills may also lead to a greater transfer to match specific fitness.

Enhanced movement efficiency is particularly a key for unorthodox forms of locomotion, such as side and backwards movements, which are frequently used in football drills.

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