Are you fit enough for the start of your season?

For serious athletes, being prepared for your season is not something you begin doing the week before the season starts. Getting stronger, improving your level of play, and being in top condition is not something that happens overnight. There are no shortcuts. It takes time, hard work, and a consistent effort to be at your best.

You need to be strong enough and in good enough condition to be able to play soccer for a couple hours each day, starting with pre-season and going all the way through your season. This also means maintaining your nutrition and doing strength training to prevent injuries so you can play at the top of your game.

Our goal is to bring soccer athletes around the world an unmatched resource to support you in the journey to #AmplifyYourGame. From drills and exercises, to soccer-specific nutrition guides, fitness activities and mental game performance, readers will enjoy a well-rounded soccer experience. Content contributions come from some of the top professional training, nutrition, mental game and fitness leaders

The below articles and resources are specifically geared towards the physical conditioning aspects of soccer. Look for future posts on the mental game, strength training, technical skills and nutrition.

It is crucial you are doing everything possible to get in great soccer shape. Whether you are a question mark to make the practice team or a potential All-American, being in outstanding condition is something you have complete control of, and thus if you are not in great shape, look no further than yourself.

The primary goal of your conditioning program should be to get in peak soccer shape. There is a huge difference between being fit and being in soccer shape. You are not a track athlete and not marathon runner; so don't train as such.

Jackie Tondl presents a player’s perspective in working with Coach Dudley as her personal performance enhancement trainer for soccer during her summer pre-season to the collegiate pre-season training.

The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) is considered to be the toughest and most competitive NCAA Division II Conference in the country. By that measure, the Chico State women's soccer team is among the toughest of the tough. Are You Fit Enough for a Top Team in the CCAA?

KU’s success in 2014 can be attributed to numerous things, but one major change that occurred was the required and grueling preseason fitness tests. For more than ten years the team would have to run two fitness tests, the Beep Test and a shuttle test. The players would only have to pass at least one test to play and receive gear, but if they passed both tests, they did not have to participate in extra running during preseason.

This yearly traditional routine changed in 2014 with a switch in strength coaches and in philosophies. A test called the “Gauntlet” was implemented. However, it is different from most fitness tests out there, having no required times to reach; all you have to do is finish it. Sounds easy right? Well, here is what it is.

Interested in training like some of the top female collegiate players in the country?  Check out the UCLA Women's Soccer Winter break training program.  Three weeks of tiered conditioning are laid out to make sure you stay at the top of your game during a break from your team.

If your body is a car, your muscles are the engine. Proper strength training will increase the size/strength of your muscles (giving you a bigger engine!). If your muscles are stronger, they can produce more force, which means you will be able to run faster and jump higher (and you will also be less likely to be injured). Functional Off-Season Strength Training Exercise for Soccer

Instrumental to the philosophy of Hastings College is the commitment of the motivated player. They expect all players to be in good physical condition by preseason. The purpose of our preseason training is not to develop fitness, rather, it is to organize and develop team tactics.  In order to manage injury prevention and physical wellness during this challenging time of the season, your commitment to summer fitness training is absolutely vital. A player who is not in great physical condition cannot perform efficiently. Get the Hastings College Women's Soccer Summer Workout.

Soccer is a series of high intensity runs, like sprinting, that are separated by some lower intensity activities, like jogging, walking, or standing. The best players are the ones that can continue to perform high intensity activities later in the game. Get Fit by Going Fast!

The World Class Level: How Do You Compare to the USWNT’s Fitness Level?

Athlete FIT is always in search of new ways to assess game-based soccer fitness in a training environment. We have played around with many different styles of off-field conditioning drills such as our repeated sprint interval, our Soccer Specific Fitness Interval and our 90-second interval, and the 4-mile interval is the next in a long line of great soccer specific workouts that provide both a tremendous training effect as well as a great way to assess game-based fitness.

In order to consider conditioning soccer players, the most important thing is to determine at what level the players are with whom we are dealing.  When you start getting into the high school and college ages, you must supplement some of the training with establishing an aerobic baseline and that takes place without a ball, on or off the field, both aerobic and anaerobic. At this level, the demands of the game start to increase so the players have to be ready.