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Can Your Soccer Players Run a Sub-5 Min Mile?

Below is taken from my blog post today at www.athletebydesign.com...

Okay I have tried really hard not to make this blog solely a platform to do nothing but complain. But this one is over the top. The following is EXACTLY the reason why we as performance coaches need to continue to push to integrate into a complete coaching team with youth clubs. Checkout part of the following 4 week preseason program for a youth soccer club specifically for girls ages U15-U18:

Week 3
Day One 2 mile run Under 12:30 min
Day Two 1 mile run Under 5:30 min
Day Three 1 min run Under 5:15 min

Week 4
Day One 3 mile run Under 20 min
Day Two 2 mile run Under 12 min
Day Three 1 mile run UNDER 5 min

This is absolutely INSANE!! I don't know of a single youth female soccer player that could do this, much less a college female player. This clearly shows the lack of education among the soccer coaching world and their understanding of physical preparation of youth.

In my next post I will provide an alternate suggestion for high school soccer players to improve fitness during their winter months going into preseason.

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Comment by Jim Kielbaso on August 17, 2009 at 9:49pm
I love this post. I STILL hear people wanting soccer and basketball players to run cross country to prepare for their sport. I used to be a college strength coach and I got most of our coaches to understand the differences between their sport and running distances. Now that I work more with high school and club coaches, IT'S ACTUALLY WORSE. It seems like the lower the level (pro, college, high school) the more the coach actually thinks he/she knows. You'd think the opposite would be true. Just to back you up, Jeremy, I've worked with literally hundreds of elite female high school and college soccer players, and I think only 2 or 3 were ever able to run sub-5 minute miles. Even the 2-mile under 12 minutes is incredibly difficult for Division 1 college girls. Most girls don't make that.
Comment by Craig Cheek on July 27, 2009 at 3:23pm
i was referencing the other poster who said it does support it.
Comment by Jeremy Boone on July 27, 2009 at 2:07pm
Craig,
I am NOT trying to support it. That's just the point ! I have presented at numerous national conference on the importance of interval training for soccer.

J
Comment by Craig Cheek on July 27, 2009 at 12:21pm
i dont see how that supports sub 5 minute time in week 4. you are comparing two different disciplines. soccer v. running (track). only 7 girls in the entire state, to me, would refute rather than support. call me crazy.

interval training is the way to go. if you want to be slow, run a mile.
Comment by Jeremy Boone on July 27, 2009 at 9:01am
Liz,
I LOVE knowing track coaches! That is great data to provide this club.

Thank you so much!

Jeremy

PS. What sports do you work with?

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