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5 Ways to Practice Soccer on the Beach This Spring Break

Posted on 
March 29, 2024
 by 
Thuto

There is no better place to combine a love for soccer and serenity than the beach. As you make your Spring Break packing list, don’t forget that soccer ball! When you head out to the sandy shores, one of the best ways to hone your skills is to play barefoot on the beach. So, we’re showing you how to practice soccer skills on the beach – SST style! 

Juggling on the Beach

We admit it — standing on bits of sand that are constantly shifting under your feet…the beach isn’t the easiest way to juggle a soccer ball, but that’s the point! Doing something simple like juggling on the sand can be a surefire way to make you better. The uneven terrain adds an extra layer of difficulty, enhancing your control and coordination of the ball. Be sure to take advantage of the beach and practice your juggling. 

Dribbling in the Sand 

Now that you’re warmed up, it’s time to try practicing dribbling in the sand! Practice by weaving through makeshift cones (plastic cups or sand buckets), towels, or whatever else you can find (except seagulls…to mimic dribbling past opponents. Dribbling in the sand will help improve your close control and agility. The resistance of the sand strengthens your leg muscles and enhances balance, which is essential for maneuvering on any playing surface.

Shooting and Long-Range Passing

Seagulls beware! Want to know how to score more goals? Definitely work on your shooting & long-range passing. Take advantage of the open space to practice striking the ball with power and accuracy, aiming for distant targets or makeshift goals. Adjusting your technique to account for the sandy surface teaches adaptability and enhances shooting proficiency. Being barefoot allows you learn how to properly strike the ball with your instep and the top of your foot for more power and accuracy. 

Beach Soccer

Want to know a great way to practice soccer on vacation? PLAY. Beach soccer is so much fun and perfect for working on first touch, headers, volleys, ball control, and more. The soft landing surface minimizes the risk of injury while allowing you to focus on timing and technique. This skill translates seamlessly to the soccer field, improving your all-around game!

Sand Sprints 

Beach training drills don’t have to include a soccer ball, because a little fitness can take you far in soccer. How about some sand sprints and agility drills?! Just mark out a speed course and challenge yourself to an explosive speed and agility session. Try 30 seconds on, 30 seconds rest, and repeat 10x if you can. The resistance of the sand intensifies your workout, enhancing leg strength, speed, and endurance…all vital components of soccer performance. 

 

As you can see, the beach offers a unique and dynamic training environment for soccer players. What a beautiful way to hone your skills on the sand while basking in the sun, listening to the waves, taking in the breeze, and of course, cooling off in the water. 

 

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