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Acceleration For Soccer - The Basics
Acceleration is how fast you reach sprinting velocity. Most sprints in soccer are for short distances of 5 to 10 meters (5.5 and 11 yards) for under 4 seconds.
In any race in a game to win the ball or to be in position the quickest the players who:
Acceleration Frequency in Games
In a soccer game almost all plays that impact the game result, except set plays to restart the game, involve acceleration, sprinting or running fast. The percent of time players spend accelerating, sprinting or running fast has been found to be:
Acceleration Requires Stored Glycogen and Enzymes
A protein diet provides the glycogen and enzymes that fuel the Type IIa and Type IIb fast twitch muscle fibers responsible for fast acceleration and running at speed. Athletes who do not consume enough protein will not have enough stored energy to accelerate, sprint and run at speed for an entire full length game.
All athletes should be encouraged to eat a balanced diet to provide the
An athletes diet and lifestyle determines the athletes ability to accelerate, sprint and run at speed as well as their endurance for an entire game. If their:
A survey of all players diet for a typical (non-Holiday) week at the beginning of a season and again half way through the season can help identify diet issues that affect performance. See Lifestyle Survey Form
Athletes who accelerate leaning forward to direct force horizontally behind them, push themselves forward far faster than athletes who accelerate in an upright body position. Players should lean forward while accelerating and gradually come up into the more upright running position of athletes running at speed.
Athletes who accelerate the fastest start their acceleration with very fast short strides with far faster and shorter ground contact times on the ball of the forefoot under the 3rd and 4th Metatarsal bones (the bones that connect the base of the toes with the ankle). This enables the athlete to exert more force pushing back faster compared to the very long strides found in distance running.
Acceleration For Soccer