Include High Speed Running in Your Supplemental Training

Include High Speed Running in Your Supplemental Training

During matches, players cover high distances at multiple speeds. High speed running is a part of the game, but it is frequently not occurring during training. Players may need to augment their training with some high speed running to maintain match fitness.

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Vary Your Workouts to Maximize Gains

Vary Your Workouts to Maximize Gains

When playing soccer, you need to be able to compete for a long period of time at different intensity levels. While all of us would love to be able to sprint at top speed for the entire match, our bodies are not equipped to be able to do so. In addition, there are times when slowing down makes more sense tactically. Different length workouts improve different fitness components.

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Getting Fit by Going Fast

Getting Fit by Going Fast


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.  There have been numerous studies that investigate the speed and distance covered by soccer players. In a study I worked on, we found that English professional players cover on average over 11 km per match, with up to 1200 m (3/4 mile) covered while sprinting. Others found that teams that tend to win also tend to cover more sprinting distance in the last 15 minutes of the game than those who lost.

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Drills of the Week

Drills of the Week

Here are your weekly top individual training drills that can be found on social media from the past week. This week's drills feature an Attacking Speed Drill from SoccerFIT Academy, a Freestyle Box Drill from Become Elite, a Fancy Soccer Wallwork drill from YFutbol, a Brazilian Toe Tap Buddy Passing Exercise from Beast Mode Soccer featuring @brooklynlb93 and @kcrystal14, Corrective Exercises for Speed from Trainer Gorres featuring Heather Cooke and more. As always, make sure and follow them for more!

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From the Magazine: Starting Speed - First Step Quickness

From the Magazine: Starting Speed - First Step Quickness

Every player is looking to enhance their speed, especially their first step quickness and separation speed. But even though this is the goal, many players don’t necessarily train for this. We all run sprints at practice, but think back to your training program and see if you can remember a time when your coach had you specifically focus on maximal speed over 5-10 yards.

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