Futbol Fitness Statistics (sprint statistics)

Continuing on the previous post about fitness statistics from Prozone 3 I’d like to share some more info…this time on some sprint running statistics. The average combined total for field player’s on a team in the MLS is making an average of 500 sprint efforts in a game (slightly more than FAPL’s 487 and 10% less than the 549 in nPC). The average total sprint distance covered for these respective groups is 3,166, 3,099, and 3,535 respectively. That means that the average sprint distance for an MLS player is a little over 6m…emphasizing the need for being both mechanically proficient and physically capable of fast accelerations.

*A sprint is defined as any run over 7 m/s.

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Mike Young

Director of Performance at Athletic Lab
Mike is the Head Fitness Coach for the North Carolina Courage and North Carolina FC. He is also the owner and Director of Performance at Athletic Lab sports performance training center. He previously served as the fitness coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps and Carolina Railhawks. He has a PhD in Biomechanics, an MS in Coaching Science, and a BSS in Exercise Physiology and has coached Olympic and professional athletes in Skeleton, Track & Field, MLS and NASL Soccer, PGA Golf, NFL Football, MLB Baseball and Olympic Weightlifting. He has lectured around the world and authored 2 books and dozens of research and coaching articles.