The Fittest Sport 1: Soccer

It’s an age-old source of debate among athletes, pundits and fans alike. But, after much research, the team at Pledge Sports are providing a definitive answer to a near-impossible question: “What is the fittest sport?”

The Fittest Sport

It’s important to note, by “the fittest sport” we aren’t referring solely to an athlete’s level of general fitness, but rather their all-rounded ability, fitness and skill their sport requires.

For example, a marathon runner runs 26 miles per event, but a soccer player averages 7 miles per game – including sprints, constant change of direction, tactical awareness, physically battling opposition players, dribbling and kicking a ball. The comparison of skill set is an unfair contest.

In a five-part series of The Fittest Sport, Pledge Sports will take each individual sport and provide in-depth analysis into what makes particular athletes fitter than the rest. First up, soccer.


When it comes to field sports, soccer is arguably in a league of its own. To compete at elite level, players need a well-developed aerobic energy system and an engine which is built through both match exposure and training. Players also need to develop a large anaerobic capacity to cope with running at high-intensity and sprinting speeds.

When not playing midweek, teams will generally train on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with recovery on Wednesday and Sunday.

In the modern game, training is sectioned up into high/low volume intensity days, gym-based strength and conditioning, and recovery sessions. Per week, this equates to between ten and twelve hours of physical exercise per week, not including at least one 90-minute game per week as well.

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