These three great soccer agility tests will allow you to get a better sense of your (or your teammates') reflexes, ability to change direction, and acceleration. All of these skills are critical to keeping up with the fast-paced game of soccer.
Set up two cones separated by at least 10 yards. On each player's turn, he runs from the first cone to the second cone, back to the first cone and then repeats the shuttle one more time. Time each player and give them all at least two trials to get the best possible time. If you would like to measure turning agility rather than pivoting, have the players run around each cone rather than to the cone.
Set up an arrowhead-shaped configuration of cones by creating a starting line, putting a row of three cones 10 yards away, with the side cones 5 yards directly to the left and right of the center one, and one last cone in the center five yards beyond the row. On each player's turn, he runs to the first cone, around it to one of the side cones, around that and to the farthest cone, and straight back to the starting point. Test players on each of the side cones to see if their agility is in one direction or both.
Perform the hexagon test on a flat, hard surface, such as a gym floor. Mark out a hexagon with tape, making each side 2 feet long. The player stands in the center of the hexagon and must jump over each side of the hexagon with both feet and back to the center. For the full test, time how long it takes the player to perform the hexagon jumps for three full revolutions. Perform the test twice, once turning left and the other turning right.