Soccer players must have exceptional speed and quickness levels that must be consistently trained. A 30 meter straight ahead sprint is not the only way to assess an athlete’s speed. There is a difference between quick and fast. The best athletes have a combination of both quick and fast characteristics and both elements must be trained. Lateral speed and agility work lays the foundation for an athlete in any sport. You know that agility training is used to improve foot speed, quickness, acceleration, switching gears, cutting, starting/stopping, change of direction, and reaction, but did you also know that agility training aids in preventing injuries by improving body control through proper movement mechanics?
With all of the benefits of agility training, you must include this in your soccer speed training program. Agility speed drills are an important aspect of soccer speed training.