"Many people only practice their skills when they're fresh," says Sporting Kansas City defender and 2011 MLS All-Star Matt Besler. "When they get tired, their skills become less effective and sloppy." To get used to performing on the pitch when you're fatigued, try the following drill.
- Stand facing a partner three yards away. Have partner throw ball and volley it back to him or her. Continue for 30 seconds, alternating feet with each pass.
- After 30 seconds, feed partner with passes for 30 seconds.
- When both partners have completed the passing exercise, run together at a 75 percent pace for 60 seconds.
- Repeat for five sets without resting.
Sets/Duration: 5x30 seconds soccer skills, 5x60 seconds running
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