The Importance of Reaction Training in Soccer

Soccer players need to react and make decisions as quickly as possible. Learn how the new field of reaction training can help soccer players be more successful.

By Megan O'Connell
Edited by Tom Amitay

Published February 13, 2021.

Reaction training is a relatively new field that's often overlooked in soccer and other sports. However, having quicker reactions can help soccer players make rapid decisions, move efficiently and ultimately be more successful. Therefore reaction training is becoming more and more popular in player's training and development.

The Benefits of Reaction Training

Movements, such as dribbling the ball, require a substantial amount of brainpower, focus, control, agility, and speed, all of which place a lot of pressure on players. Improving reaction times frees up players' attention and decreases the amount of stress they feel during soccer matches, allowing them to make better decisions.

Having quick reflexes and reaction times will also allow players to escape attackers, rapidly change directions while dribbling the ball, kick the ball with greater accuracy and even tackle opponents more effectively.

Improving Reaction Time Requires Practice

Reaction training will not instantly improve reaction times or benefit a player. Soccer players need to perform this type of training repetitively and consistently to reap the benefits. There are many tools and techniques that coaches can use for this purpose.

Using BlazePod to Train Reaction Time in Soccer

A great way to maximize reaction training sessions is to use a reaction light training system, such as BlazePod. The reaction light pods provide great engagement, stimulation, and fun to players of all ages and abilities.

Players can perform a soccer-specific reaction training drill using 2 light pods and a soccer ball. The player should place the light pods approximately 5 meters apart and stand between the 2 light pods with the soccer ball at their feet, setting the light pods to light up randomly.

As a pod lights up, the player will need to dribble the ball around the pod and return to the center as quickly as possible. Players will not be able to predict the direction in which they need to move and will be forced to react quickly to the light pods.