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As you guys are going ahead and starting to sign up for the Spring 2016 soccer season, we thought we'd share a few tips, exercises, and training programs you might want to think about to get in shape before the season kicks off.

While the season doesn't begin until April 1, and teams aren't allowed to formally practice together until March 15, 2016, that doesn't mean you can't start your individual training early, or grab a buddy from last year's team to help keep you motivated and working towards your goals. Here are a few workouts you want to make sure you include.

You can also check out these soccer conditioning tips for more info.

Running and Sprints

Don't get shin splints this year. Try working up your running skills sooner rather than later, giving your body time to gradually ramp up to its peak performance.

Starting slow and gradually increasing your runs, both in terms of length and intensity, will allow your muscles proper time to develop, meaning you're less prone to injuries.

If you haven't been running already, we recommend you start out with a 3 run per week schedule. Your first 1-2 weeks should be all easy runs/light jogging. Don't worry about spped or endurance, just get your body into the habit of running and getting a light aerobic exercise.

After a couple of weeks, you can start to push yourself a little harder. You might consider increasing from 3 to 4 runs per week. At this point, you still want at least half of your runs to be easy, and probably no more than 30 minutes. You can then start to work in longer runs once a week, increasing by about a mile per week. For speed, make 1 run per week either a sprint workout or a hill run.

Again, remember not to overdo it and you'll be less likely to injure yourself in the process.

Weight Training

While we don't want you to become hard-core weight lifters, having 1-2 weight workouts per week is a good schedule for most soccer players looking to up their game.

Vary this schedule with your running plan above, so that you alternate days, and alternate muscle groups between workouts. A common beginning weight lifting mistake is to try to workout every muscle every day. Instead, focus on 1 day for the upper body, and 1 day for core training and legs. That will give you a nice balance and, as long as you don't let your ego get in the way, will support, rather than deplete your run training.

Diet and Nutrition

If you're going to be embarking upon a serious training schedule, you can't forget to consider your diet and nutrition options. You can visit this site for a complete nutrition plan to help you recover and boost energy from your workouts.

Even if you don't follow a specific diet, then at least be sure you're working in plenty of fruits and vegetables, simple carbs if you're working on endurance running, and extra protein on days you lift weights.

Following these basic principles is essential to maintaining your good health while you train. There's nothing worse than burning out too quickly by trying to lift too much or run too fast or too far before your body is ready.

That's why we strongly encourage every serious player to start their workouts well before the actual season and team-training begins.

Soccer is a sport that requires total fitness, and it's important to give your body the nutrients, routines and workouts it needs to be successful.