Football / Soccer Fitness Training

Soccer / Football players will require high levels of fitness that enable them to run long durations with small rapid sprints throughout a 90 minute period or even longer in match finals if extra time awarded.

Soccer / Football players will require high levels of fitness that enable them to run long durations with small rapid sprints throughout a 90 minute period or even longer in match finals if extra time awarded.

The statistics prove that the final periods of any football match will show a great importance on the fitness levels of both sides - if your teams too tired to run back to defend, then goals will be going in your net and not your opponents, likewise if you're too tired to chase the ball, then how are you going to score goals?

Football training is a key element in today’s modern game, with professional players needing to be of a higher level of fitness in order to keep their place on the team for 90 minutes.

A tired player regardless of their skill ability will quickly become a liability to any team and as such the player will find themselves either substituted or not even in the first 11.

Football players should look at all areas to improve their game, focusing just on skills on the pitch is a big mistake - quality time needs to be in to increasing all round strength and fitness to improve the lifespan of the player and the players ability throughout the game.

Football is a sport that requires a multitude of athletic abilities, aim to make improvements in the following to improve your game:

Explosive acceleration and fast sprinting speed.

Muscular endurance and strength in the lower body.

Muscular balance and high levels of neuromuscular co-ordination.

Body awareness and agility, the ability to know where your body is, and be able to move it.

Discipline to take orders and decisions, as well as putting the team first.

Good flexibility to avoid injury, football players are prone to poor hamstring flexibility.

Correct balance between your quadriceps and hamstrings, as well as strength imbalances between your left and right leg.

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