Mention the words “pre-season training” to most players and you will get a look of horor. For years, coaches and trainers have been fixated by the development of the aerobic energy system by utilizing long, SLOW, steady-state runs from 5 miles to anything up to 8 miles.
In fact, research shows that this type of activity is not suitable for soccer players and is actually likely to make them slower and cause unnecessary injuries.
Most activity in soccer lasts for an average of 4-6 seconds and for about 20-25 yards in distance. Soccer is a start and stop game, which utilizes fast-twitch muscle fibers and primarily depends on the anaerobic system.
So it’s simple,long-slow runs do not emulate what happens on the field: they are not specific to soccer.
Instead, intermittent, intensive runs of various work-rest ratios better prepare your players for the demands of the game.
Ex: Tuesday workout
2 x 800M 2:30-3:00 3 min recovery
2 x 600M 2:00-2:15 3 min recovery
2 x 300M 45-55 sec 1 min recovery
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