Soccer FITNESS 2011
Dear Varsity/JV Soccer players 2011,

As you should know the next 2 weeks will make a huge difference in your preparation for this years season and the ISST which is being hosted by MUNICH
in November. After cementing your place in Division 1 last year, you now need to train and compete with the achievable goal of a MEDAL pushing you forward. There is no doubt that although at times we competed with the best last year but we were not physically fit enough to last the grueling 5 game schedule over the 3 ISST championship days. No longer can we be fair to you and the team to be carrying players who have ability but have not worked hard enough to be in the physical condition required to work as hard as everyone else.
Not only are we looking for you to be fitter, with better technical and skill ability than ever before, but to gel as a squad both on and off the field. Great teams have players that offer a variety of qualities from pace, skill and technical ability to belief, composure and camaraderie. What EVERY player must however be able to give is 100% effort to the cause. Core strength, muscular and aerobic endurance in order to compete in the most physically demanding of games and flexibility that enhances recovery and prevents needless injuries over a grueling season.

Consequently it is imperative that you arrive at pre-season training in peak physical condition in order to first of all highlight your true ability at try outs and give yourself and your team mates the best possible chance to build on last years 6th place.

Below is an outline of some of the training you can be doing in and around the family/friend/fun time that you will no doubt be having where ever you are spending the summer. We are not saying that you have to commit your entire Holidays to the team but it IS CRUSIAL that you think about what YOU can do to help the team on their way to ISST success.

Our Goal this season must surely now be to get the ASL Boys Soccer program back where it belongs – a leading contender at ISST Div 1, year in year out!

"Its not about the amount of times you get knocked down that counts, but the number of times you stand back up that make you CHAMPIONS!!"Click Here to Calculate YOU personal TRAINING ZONES

TRAIN Hard and Enjoy Doing It...It REALLY Does Count!!

Beep Test Results of the Dutch U21 Team

Just to give you an idea what we used to set as goals for the Dutch U21 selection when we tested them in the gym:
Front Row: 9 -11 stages
2nd Row: 10-11
Back Row: 11-13
Half backs: 12
Backs: 12-13
Here is a sample result from a test. It's plotted it against the percentage of body fat of the players running the test.
bleeptest scores
bleeptest scores

Soccer Fitness Links:

fitness cartoon
fitness cartoon

soccer runs
soccer runs

beach run
beach run