# Dear God NO
13 reasons why we dread pre-season training
After a month of sitting on your arse, it’s time to get back into the swing of things.

JUNIOR SOCCER TEAMS the length and breadth of the country have been kicking off their pre-season programmes over the past week or two.

While it’s an annual struggle for managers to freshen up their squads with a fresh batch of players, the hard graft is done on the training pitch – where the vast majority will have to dust off the cobwebs in time for the start of the new season.

Here’s why it’s one of our least favourite time of the year:

1. You’re bound to be a little out of shape on the first day back

A strict diet of burgers and beer on your few weeks off probably wasn’t the best idea, in hindsight.

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2. When you notice there isn’t a football in sight

Don’t worry, you won’t be kicking one of them for awhile.

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3. The running

There’s generally sprinting.

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4. More running…

Some long distance stuff.

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5. Did we mention the running?

And quick feet drills.

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6. Picking up niggly injuries

You're still a little rusty and knocks and strains are probable.

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7. The fine weather

When you should be doing this...

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You're feeling like this...

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8. Having to impress the new manager

But generally failing spectacularly.

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9. Being on the receiving end when an over-committed team-mate tries to catch the gaffer's eye

They'll do just about anything to get into the team.

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10. Planking

Painful. See also: Press-up, sit-ups, squats and burpees.

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11. Suicides

Possibly the cruelest running drill known to man.

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12. Getting new boots

It's going to take a few weeks of having the ankles cut off you before they're worn in.

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13. Friendlies

"WE TOLD YOU we weren't match-ready yet!"

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