Skip to main content

Three drills to help football endurance

Drill 1: Dribble and run (Beginner)
“Start on the touchline with a ball at your feet and get set to run across the width of the pitch. Dribble the ball as fast as you can until you are parallel to the centre spot, leave the ball there, run at 80 per cent speed to the opposing touchline, run back to the ball at the same pace and dribble it back to your starting position as fast as you can. Your rest time should be the time it takes to complete this cycle – so if it takes you 90 seconds there and back, take a 90-second break. Repeat this six times.”

Drill 2: Back and forth (Intermediate)
“You need training partners and two balls for this. Start halfway between the centre spot and the goal-line, with one of your training partners positioned 10 yards behind the centre spot, a ball on the centre spot and the other in the middle of the goal holding a ball – they should be in a straight line. From your starting position, sprint to the centre spot and pass the ball to your partner, sprint back past your starting position all the way to the goal-line where your other partner should throw the ball up to you for a header, before sprinting back to your starting point. Take time to recover by swapping with one of your partners, taking up the job of passing or throwing up the ball for a header. Repeat the cycle until you have each completed six separate runs.”

Drill 3: Getting around the pitch (Advanced)
“Start at one corner flag and gently jog around the perimeter of the pitch until you’re back to your starting point. Now run at 70 per cent of your top speed to the halfway line, before slowing down to a jog for the rest of the lap. Once back at your starting point, run at 70 per cent for the full length of the pitch, slowing down to a jog at the opposing corner flag and making your way round to your starting point. Fitness permitting, you can either repeat the first three steps or continue building up the distance covered in your sprints until you work your way up to being able to run around the pitch at 70 per cent in one go.”

Go all out for 90 minutes
Avoid doing these drills closer than two days before a game as you’ll burn yourself out. If your game is on Saturday, opt for one drill on Monday and one on Wednesday.

Recommended for you:
Run faster, boost endurance
Energise your endurance
Build endurance and a rock solid core
Fast-track to fitness
Keep on running

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

FourFourTwo was launched in 1994 on the back of a World Cup that England hadn’t even qualified for. It was an act of madness… but it somehow worked out. Our mission is to offer our intelligent, international audience access to the game’s biggest names, insightful analysis... and a bit of a giggle. We unashamedly love this game and we hope that our coverage reflects that.