The first and foremost way for athletes to develop their balance is through dynamic stretching, requiring full-body movement. It is more effective as it warms up the muscles for fast-twitch movements and additionally tests coordination.
Add these to the beginning of your practice or workout:
- High knees
- Butt kicks
- Side lunges
- Side shuffle
- Walking lunges
- Walking front leg raises/kicks
These exercises mimic common movements you perform in a soccer match: running, kicking, and sliding. Most of them also require you to balance on one leg while moving the rest of your body.