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How many hours a day do soccer players practice?

Greetings! I'm Ms. Rohm at the International Community School. My 3rd graders have a few questions and I'd like to share your advice with them. Thanks for your words of wisdom! :)

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Catherine’s Answer

It all depends on the level of soccer that you play! Typically 1-2 hours a day, 2-3 times a week with 1-2 games a week for middle school. In high school, you'll have practice 2 hours a day, 3 times a week, where the other days are game days. In college, it is identical to the schedule that Kate laid out. For professional players, it becomes their job where on the days they are not practicing with the team, they are either taking care of their bodies to make sure they stay healthy to play, or practicing on their own to get better.

A great example of what it would take to compete at a high level would be to check out some of Carli Lloyd's training videos (with parental approval of course!). She documents what it takes to compete at the highest level and how she stays motivated to perform at her best. She shows that even at the highest level, there are always ways to improve your game so the amount that you practice is up to you!

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Kathryn’s Answer

Hello there. My name is Kate. I played soccer in college and semi professionally for a while afterward. Soccer is a game of skill and requires a lot of practice. When I was in college and playing, we had periods of time where we would do "doubles" or have 2, 2 hour long practices during the day. Those were usually during pre-season. Generally during season you would have one 2 hour practice a day. But, that does not include weight training (1 hour every other day), meetings regarding nutrition, watching game films to prepare for opponents and training room time for treatments if you have a chronic injury.

I note that a lot of "practice" is done out of practice. Making sure you are fit and in the best shape possible takes a lot of time.

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