Soccer Specific Conditioning: Involves conditioning players to deal with situations they would encounter in a game. During a game, players sprint, Jog and jump. Soccer fitness should be based on what happens in a real game.
During a game, a player is in possession of the ball for roughly 30 to 90 seconds. The remainder of the time, the player must make off the ball movements.
Soccer specific fitness should support a player’s ability to move effectively with and without the ball.
In youth soccer, coaches have a limited number of training opportunities in a week.
The benefit of soccer specific conditioning is that it increases the fitness benefit of each training session.
During soccer specific conditioning, it is important to make training more difficult than usual.
The difficulty running successful conditioning drills that involve the ball is that players try to let the ball do most of the work. Letting the ball do the work is a team objective, not a soccer specific conditioning objective.
Note for parents:
A player’s soccer fitness can be improved gradually. It's not necessary to start with a heavy work in an attempt to get the players into top condition. Gradual buildup is healthier.