Soccer is perhaps the most demanding of all sports.
In the modern game (at any level) soccer training and conditioning is essential.
Few sports are played on as large a playing field, lasting as long and without regular rest periods.
Players cover 8-12km during a match, consisting of 24% walking, 36% jogging, 20% coursing, 11% sprinting, 7% moving backwards and 2% moving whilst in possession of the ball.
Soccer players posses excellent endurance with VO2max reported to range between 55 and 70 ml/kg/min in elite performers. The game is played at an average intensity close to the lactate threshold- approximately 80-90% of maximum heart rate.
How important is the correct type of endurance training in soccer?
The greater a player’s aerobic capacity, the more ground they cover during a typical game. Additionally, improved endurance also increases the number of sprints completed in a game. By improving the VO2max of youth soccer players by 11% over an 8 week period, a 20% increase in total distance covered during competitive match play was manifested, along with a 23% increase in involvements with the ball and a 100% increase in the number of sprints performed by each player.
What about other forms of conditioning?
Strength training now plays a major role in soccer. However, simply lifting weights with the traditional “3 sets of 10 repetitions” approach is not an efficient way to spend training time. Soccer requires a balance of explosive power and muscular endurance. Some players may benefit from increasing their lean mass but even they should focus on converting much of their strength into soccer-specific power.
The difference between good and great on the field? Speed. Proper movement techniques the kind that can take up to .2 seconds or more off your 40-yard dash determine whether you make first string or not. But fast means nothing if you’re not running efficiently. Fury Performance training blends proper movement technique with agility exercises to improve both coordination and speed.
Improve Explosive Strength
The key to the game? Dominant blocking and tackling in the stoppage. Fury Performance coaches implement programs that increase core strength, stability, power production, and endurance. This will give you the edge you need to finish the game stronger and tougher than your opponents.
Improve Balance & Agility
Great plays require more than just endurance and agility. At Fury Performance, our certified coaches improve the way you move with protocols that increase foot quickness and explosive breakaway speed.
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