Soccer uses some of the same speed mechanics as track and field and football, but soccer athletes have to use these mechanics while having a ball at their foot. What you see when watch the big players such as Beckham, Ronaldo, Morgan, and Putellas, is the ball never leaves the side of their body and they keep the ball close to them. Players that are inexperienced push the ball away from themselves and then they have to catch up to the ball. The problem with that is that when a defender is coming after you, you are just making it a race between you and your defender to catch up to the ball. When you keep the ball next to you, you have the option to push outside past your defender or pass it away, so you've got a lot more options if you've got that ball on yourself, than if you are chasing the ball down.
When an athlete comes to Proformance we look at what positional player they are, and then we try to address their suspension, turnover and efficiency all in the same manner.
For an offensive player, we will first work to make them bio-mechanically correct and efficient with their forced output. Then we train the movements and skills needed to move with and without the ball explosively and to set up the defender.
For a defender, we try and replicate the situations where they need to breakdown and be explosive. Defensive players need to train their hips to be able to open up, shut down angles, and get to spots to stop the offensive player.
Lastly, the energy system for a soccer player needs to be trained in order to be explosive and non-stop for 90 minutes. At Proformance, we give our soccer athletes the tools to be at the top of their game from start to finish, get them noticed, and able to move on to the next level.
Whether you play house league, travel, or Division 1 College soccer, Proformance Sports Training can help you improve your skills on the field. There is always room for improvement! Our soccer programs help athletes improve their soccer specific speed, strength and agility. Whether you're training as a team or as an individual, Proformance caters to your needs in order to take you to the next level. Below are some of the testimonials from athletes that we've trained throughout the course of their playing careers; starting at a young age and continuing to develop them into the players that they are today.
“Training at Proformance and with John has to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but no one ever said success was going to be easy. John is always there to push us that extra mile, to help us with our problems and to remind us of why we were there in the first place.” – Ben Noel
“Proformance really helped me work on my all around game. It’s a great balance between ball work and weight work, which I greatly benefitted from both.” - Eric Steinwachs
“I have been lucky enough to work with John Opfer and the rest of the Proformance staff for many years now. It is truly an honor and I am truly blessed to have had this group of people not only do everything in their power to help me develop my skills as a soccer player, but also help me grow as a person. Being able to work with this group has been an amazing experience in more ways than one and has helped me achieve my goals thus far!” – Jenna Raepple
“My experiences with Proformance Sports taught me the fundamentals that every athlete needs to know to be able to improve their skills. Not only was I able to apply this knowledge throughout my high school career and track seasons as well as my College Career at N.U. to become a faster, stronger athlete, I still use it every day while coaching modified soccer and high school track.” – Jamie Raepple