Maintaining Soccer Fitness at Home
As we adjust to our new reality to slow the spread of Coronavirus, MIFC is still here to play our part in helping the community thrive. As a matter of policy, MIFC supports the social distancing and other initiatives that have come from the Governor's office.
MIFC focuses on developing the whole player, both mental and physical. We strive to develop players first and foremost with high soccer IQ. With that in mind, our focus during this time will be to provide ideas to maintain "football fitness" - which is the quantity (the number of actions a player can take during a game) and quality (decision making and speed of executing those decisions) of actions over the course of a match. During 'normal' times, we train tactics, communication, decision making, and execution of decision holistically and in the context of actual game situations. Individual training doesn't hurt, but it's incomplete to be 'game fit.'
Below are some resources that will help players stay active and healthy with a ball, and use their brains (i.e. incorporate an element of decision-making into their down-time training). Check back often as we will continue to add new ideas.
Physical Fitness Training Ideas
Mental Fitness Training Ideas
Youth Academy Matches (U9-U12): As MIFC players, you should recognize the playing style of the top youth team clubs in the world. What separates the top players is that they are very fast with their brains (i.e. decision-making). Have your kids watch these videos and discuss the following:
(1) How and why do these young players make fast decisions?
(2) Are the decisions they make good ones?
(3) How can your child use this learning and apply it to his or her own game?
Barcelona v Player Development Academy (Girls U14): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN94aS0q0To (VERY Impressive!)