Soccer is a complicated sport when it comes to physical demands. As anyone who has played the game knows, you run a ton. However, do you really know the breakdown of an average soccer player's movements during a game?
Here is a breakdown of an average game for an elite player
The part that stands out about this is the average heart rate. That is really high for 90 minutes. And what these statistics don't show is the physical fighting that goes along with soccer, the intensity of having the ball at your feet and the intensity of defending someone 1v1. Soccer is extremely demanding on the body, especially when you add up all the practices along with the lifting and conditioning sessions. You need to be giving your body the nutrients that it needs. So lets take a look at what a soccer player's diet should look like.