Soccer players must maintain one of the highest levels of overall fitness of any sport. Football conditioning drills are important for building and maintaining that conditioning. Many a soccer game has been lost due to players' poor conditioning. Tired legs and a lack of aerobic capacity to keep the pace up for the speed of a game can mean losing a lead. Furthermore, players who are in poor condition are more likely to make mistakes as they grow tired.
Players may start the season in relatively poor condition and might need drills to work up to more acceptable levels of fitness. At that point, soccer conditioning drills can work on maintaining and building on that fitness.
For younger players, it is generally best to keep football conditioning drills fairly short. Conditioning becomes more important as player get older, and in order to play competitively, excellent conditioning is essential. While some conditioning drills will involve the ball, others will focus strictly on agility and aerobic conditioning. Players might practice running along with quick turns or may mix sprinting and jogging. Younger players can work in a smaller area that can be expanded for older players.