The Great Equalizer; Endurance
Soccer is a long game with lots of running. The team with the most hustle and endurance can sometimes make up a skill level difference of a competitor. This becomes even more important in tournament play where a team might play four games in two days. For instance, "in this nonstop game of 90 minutes or more, endurance. You need to be able to run six or more miles, sprinting, jogging and sometimes going backwards at full speed if you are a defender" says LiveStrong.com.
The best time to build your endurance is before the season starts, an continuing to build as the long season wears on.
See some Endurance Exercises here.
It's good for young athletes to take some time off to recover between seasons. Taking time off does should not mean sitting on the couch watching TV. Staying in shape during the winter months can help avoid injury once the next soccer season starts up.
Once you stop playing and training, muscle cells lose most of what they have gained quickly (10 days to two weeks), but the cardiovascular system loses its gains more slowly. Staying in shape during a break requires a mix of frequency, intensity, and duration. Find out how to keep in shape with this great article.
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