The World Cup games have been a major topic of discussion lately. Particularly a certain Brazilian soccer player who had quite the dramatic reaction to being injured.
Neymar, a star player on the Brazilian soccer team, was the highlight of the game between Brazil and Mexico. After being supposedly injured, Neymar was writhing in pain on the ground in a very dramatic manner. And apparently, this isn’t the first time he’s done this.
The Wall Street Journal wrote that Neymar has fallen on the ground “43 times in Brazil’s four games, and he’s spent more than eight full minutes of the World Cup squirming on the ground.”
Some fans get a good laugh out of Neymar’s antics, while others are annoyed or frustrated. But one youth soccer team in Switzerland is making good use of Neymar’s actions.
That’s right — a Swiss youth soccer team has officially added “Neymar exercises” to their team warm up and practices. The “exercise” basically consists of the players running with the ball, only to fall and squirm around on the ground for a few minutes. While the flopping drill may not necessarily be the most beneficial for actual soccer skills, it’s certainly an entertaining addition to the team’s summer activities.
What Are Some Good Soccer Warm Up Drills to Practice?
If you’re looking for some actually helpful soccer exercises to practice and learn soccer skills at summer soccer camp this year, here are a few good drills that will get you ready to play.
One-touch passing: This drill is great to get feet moving quickly. In this drill, players pass the ball back and forth. But they’re only allowed to do so with one touch. This is a great way to get players alert and ready to play.
Pass and sprint: Like one-touch passing, this drill is also very fast-paced. Essentially, players pass the ball to another player then have to immediately sprint to a designated spot in order to receive a ball from another player. Players basically sprint around in a square formation, receiving and passing the ball.
Run with the ball: Instead of passing, which many drills practice, this drill forces players to run with the ball. Players must dribble while running from one location to the next, passing the ball to the next player once they’ve reached the pass-off location.
Soccer is a popular sport for summer activities that greatly increases a player’s endurance, often with a full 90 minutes of sprinting, running, walking, and jumping. If your child is looking for a sport to add to their summer activities, consider sending them to a soccer summer camp for tons of fun and exercise.