How fast should a footballer run a mile?

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How fast should a footballer run a mile?

Post by Adude » 22 Jan 2010, 15:19

How many minutes?

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Post by mint » 22 Jan 2010, 15:24

I think pro foootballers can run a mile in like 4 or 5 minutes, im not tottaly sure someone else will be able to help better or try looking through some old threads should tell u in one of them.
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Post by foodsample » 26 Jan 2010, 22:53

When I was running xcountry this year, I was between 5:30-6:00 mile. But at the same time, I spent alot of it on endurance and not on recovery drills. It's important to do long distance to keep your cardio and muscular endurance, but because you wont be running in a game at that speed for that time, it isn't necessary to be doing it at a certain time as long as you're able to complete it in around 6 minutes.
But if you just want referece. I'd say 6 minutes would be an average time, olympic times would be 4 minutes. The top runners at my highschool get low 5 minutes, to high 4 minutes.
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Post by klc123 » 27 Jan 2010, 18:35

The WR is 4 minutes something?

Depends what position you play.

If your faster/more explosive speed you will generally run a mile slower because you have different muscle structure to someone who is trained in long distance.

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Post by Nat_H » 27 Jan 2010, 18:42

I would be surprised if there were many pros who couldn't run it in under 5:30....but thats a wild guess. On the other hand, I'd be surprised if there were many who even approach the world record (just under 4:00). 4:00-4:30 is a very very good time, and footballer's bodies are not built for that (think skinny, no fat and all muscle, and usually African people). My best guess is most pros run between 4:30 and 5:30. :? That is a wider range than it seems though.

Also, for youth levels, a time of 5:30- 6:00 is very solid, and if you can do that, consider yourself in "good shape," and focus on anaerobic fitness. That will prepare you for the game: quick bursts of speed, with constant movement in between.

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Post by BayernFan » 27 Jan 2010, 19:47

the world record is 3:43 by El Guerrouj i think..? and i doubt any player could approach 4:00 because they just dont train for that.. but seeing as you have to be in shape to play i think it should be under 6 minutes easily

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Post by mint » 27 Jan 2010, 19:49

Yeah in between 5 and 6 minutes would be ideal probably.
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Post by Nat_H » 27 Jan 2010, 20:38

BayernFan wrote:the world record is 3:43 by El Guerrouj i think..? and i doubt any player could approach 4:00 because they just dont train for that.. but seeing as you have to be in shape to play i think it should be under 6 minutes easily
Hmmm yes, it is lower than I had thought it was...

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Post by dream_on_go_pro » 27 Jan 2010, 21:39

It should definately be sub 5 minutes. My fastest mile is 4:55 and i am only a sophomore in high school so i figure you should easily be sub 5

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Post by panchester07 » 27 Jan 2010, 22:34

when I ran track and field, I never got to run the mile, I was an 800 guy..

Though the guys in my distance team that did run it, ran it in 4.30ish etc.

They where juniors in high school, that ran cross country and distance team in track and field..

My calculations are that an elite footballer should be around 4-5 minutes...

Dont focus on this though.. Its a bonus, but it will come with time, and you practice this with teammates, I would focus on skills, tactics, and speed more than stamina.. Stamina comes with the combo (my opinion)
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Post by 2brown347 » 27 Jan 2010, 23:38

The times would very a lot considering that there are tens of thousands of pros around the world, though the majority are uncared for by most people.


Anyway I would say it probably ranges from 4-6 minutes depending on who's running.

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Post by BayernFan » 28 Jan 2010, 02:17

Nat_H wrote:
BayernFan wrote:the world record is 3:43 by El Guerrouj i think..? and i doubt any player could approach 4:00 because they just dont train for that.. but seeing as you have to be in shape to play i think it should be under 6 minutes easily
Hmmm yes, it is lower than I had thought it was...
haha yeah the national hs record is 3:53..

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Post by Nat_H » 28 Jan 2010, 02:25

BayernFan wrote:
Nat_H wrote:
BayernFan wrote:the world record is 3:43 by El Guerrouj i think..? and i doubt any player could approach 4:00 because they just dont train for that.. but seeing as you have to be in shape to play i think it should be under 6 minutes easily
Hmmm yes, it is lower than I had thought it was...
haha yeah the national hs record is 3:53..
I know lol. Remember though, we are talking about soccer players, not track stars. You could not be able to run the mile in twice that time, and still have a spot on some HS soccer teams.

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Post by 2brown347 » 28 Jan 2010, 02:29

Nat_H wrote:
BayernFan wrote:
Nat_H wrote: Hmmm yes, it is lower than I had thought it was...
haha yeah the national hs record is 3:53..
I know lol. Remember though, we are talking about soccer players, not track stars. You could not be able to run the mile in twice that time, and still have a spot on some HS soccer teams.
Like said I think if a player ran a 7-8 min. mile (which is unlikely obviously) but still performed for his team then it wouldn't be a big deal.

But basically anyone in really good shape without any physical problems should be able to run a mile in the 5's just because of fitness. Anything faster than that would start to deal with how fast individuals are.

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Post by nick117 » 28 Jan 2010, 02:34

i ran a 7 with shin splints :p. i could easily be below 6 without those stupid things.

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