30 Jun '14, 1pm

How far + fast do soccer players run in a game? @RileyANelson explores the latest tech that tracks this: #worldcup

How far + fast do soccer players run in a game? @RileyANelson explores the latest tech that tracks this: #worldcup

World Cup fever is reaching its peak, and while the games themselves are quite exciting (understatement of the year), being the #runnerds we are, we thought it would be interesting to dive into the running side of the sport and find out how far – and how fast – these players run in a game. (Also note that the writer and the editor of this piece are Americans and thus have the nerve to refer to the game as “soccer” and not “football”. ) At first glance, it may not appear soccer players run all that much in a match. Sure, the player with the ball and the few people near him are hustling but the majority of the field is light jogging or slowly walking. Since it’s all about the short spurts, soccer players don’t run that far, right? Well, not exactly. A full-length soccer game is 90 minutes. If every player on the field was running or sprinting for an hour and a half, soccer w...

Full article: http://blog.walkjogrun.net/2014/06/30/distance-and-speed-...

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