The best Academy soccer players work year-round to be their best. This can be done in multiple ways: watching the World Cup, reading about sports leadership, and improving the physical side of the game. Fitness, in its various forms, will make all aspects of soccer easier, learning and competing.
You can't improve what you don't measure. Playing at the highest level you are capable of requires consistently good habits. Let's get started with a fitness test to do on your own or with a teammate!
Here are the top reasons why fitness matters
Thinking faster: To be a reliably strong and valuable player you must constantly do these 3 things well and efficiently- read the situation, plan your execution and take action by executing the play. Skill actions are easier when you are stronger therefore your brain can be as quick as possible.
Endurance and agility: Movement off the ball is what determines how long you last in a game and how quickly you can provide support and shape to your team.
Train your best: Exercise of any kind has a compounding effect. Training hard is fun and 10x better than feeling exhausted during team practice.
Step 1 is to define your starting point with a fitness test. This will allow you to apply proven principles to measure your improvements. Step 2 is scheduling your workouts from your Academy Interval Training Guide. Step 3 is tracking your progress.
300 yard shuttle test
This test is used by all types of athletes-linebackers and the Croatian National Team
Equipment needed: cones, water, timer/watch, somewhere to record your score
Space: 25 yards marked by cones
During the test the subject must run to the 25-yard mark, touch it with his/her foot,
turn and run back to the start. This is repeated 6 times without stopping, which equals 12 turns total.
Record your time and done! The test should be 2 minutes or under (the fastest NFL players do it 50 seconds) and your warm-up time should be 12 minutes. Ideally you will repeat it twice before Fall season begins.
Fitness Profiling in Soccer: Physical and... (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/26764495_Fitness_Profiling_in_Soccer_Physical_and_Physiologic_Characteristics_of_Elite_Players [accessed Jun 23 2018].
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