Dream of playing in Major League Soccer? Now, you can train like an MLS player.
Major League Soccer launched “Train with MLS,” a comprehensive digital experience that features hundreds of training videos from MLS clubs for coaches, parents and recreational players of all ages and abilities.
With world-class coaching provided from MLS clubs and first-team coaches, “Train with MLS” is a central location for youth players, parents and coaches to find drills, workouts, coaching tips and fun soccer activities. The initial library features hundreds of videos with new content added each week. It is organized in easy-to-understand categories, including Ball Mastery, Dribbling, Fitness and more.
“Major League Soccer is here for our young players and coaches. Helping the soccer community stay connected to the game, and the sport of soccer, in an authentic way during this unprecedented time is a priority for the League,” said Fred Lipka, MLS VP of youth development, player relations and competition, in a statement. “Providing our coaches, the teachers of the game, high-quality resources, and giving soccer players of all levels premium development content is core to the ‘Train With MLS’ initiative. This is a challenging time for all of us, yet we refuse to let it stop the positive impact the League has always made with aspiring athletes and coaches.”
Skills are grouped into three difficulty groups — fundamental, intermediate and advanced — with workouts ranging from 30 seconds to 20 minutes or longer. Training can be customized for the athlete’s skillset. For example, the youth recreational player can work on basic toe-taps to increase ball control skills in the Ball Mastery section. More advanced players can work on more difficult first touch drills using cones.
In addition, “Train with MLS” features mental fitness programs, strength training and cardio workouts, as well as weekly coaching tips with more advanced training topics and discussions. Each week coaches will share career stories, practice plans, new interactive activities and more.
All content featured in the portal has been reviewed, analyzed and ranked by the MLS’ Player Relations and Competition Department, and top coaches across the league.