How to Train for Soccer Tryouts


A tryout is hands down the hardest thing to train for. It's hard enough to train and prepare yourself-without trying to predict what the coaches and trainers expect. If you train hard and show enthusiasm (it's important to have fun) you will have a good shot at making the team.

  • The most important thing you can do to tone and prepare your body for soccer tryouts is to run. Coaches and trainers won't give you the time of day if you look out of shape or can't keep up with everyone else. Run at least two miles four times a week. Run one mile for speed, and run the second mile with the soccer ball. This will build your endurance and help you touch up on your ball skills.

  • It is also important that you do strength training two or three times a week. Lifting weights with your legs and arms (yes I did say arms) will help you kick and throw farther. If you hope to make the team you will need to compete with those who are already on the team and strength train regularly. Work out at home, or get a gym membership.

  • To build ball control create a routine where you juggle and pass the ball. Juggle the ball for around twenty minutes after your run or workout. Try to get as many touches on the ball as you can, this will increase your skills with a ball dramatically. Passing is also important. Find a wall to hit the ball against or a friend you can pass it to.

  • Last, get out and play the game. There is no better practice or training than playing the actual game. It will help you stay on your toes and see what other players in your skill level are doing. If you work out for a couple hours a day and practice hard, you should make the team without a problem!

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