Football is becoming a faster and faster game every
season. It is a sport characterised with constant movement. The average
distance covered by a player is 10kms. With speeds varying from walking to
jogging, to striding and sprinting, moving laterally, back pedalling,
jumping and kicking.
Throughout this section we will not be addressing football specific
skills as this should be covered by your own coach and training group. What
we will be covering are the fitness, speed and strength requirements for
By improving the anaerobic actions (sprinting, moving laterally quickly
and jumping) a player will give themselves the opportunity to improve in
all aspects of the game.
Obviously skill and technique are paramount to improve
a playerís level, but in order to improve a player must be able to get into
position or have the ability to accelerate round opposition faster. Speed,
agility and plyometric jumping all play a role in this.