In the thread about snowboarding there was a lot of debate about running (for cardio and technique). Creating a new thread for this topic rather than discussing it under snowboarding. It seems to be a hot topic. Running (for endurance/stamina/etc) - is it worthwhile or a waste of time to run a couple laps around the field at practice? Perhaps it depends on the age group, as U-littles have small fields, and short games; most kids run naturally in day-to-day play, so add it all up and perhaps it's a "waste of time" for U-littles. Though I would argue that for certain "cardio-challenged" kids, they need to do focused running. Running technique - are kids naturally good runners or do they need taught how to "properly" run (as per a track coach might do)? My own opinion is that it depends. For some kids there are clear deficiencies that are clearly holding back a kid from running a decent pace. I think those should be fixed if possible. Most other kids probably have good enough form. As the age groups and competitiveness increases I think it is worthwhile to spend a little more time on running technique, but I also don't feel a soccer player's running form has to be as perfect as a track athlete's. @Unnaturallybigger believes that laps are unnecessary but technique is important. @jmnva believes that running is a waste of time. @Iniesta62106 @The Stig @mwulf67 also side with this.