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Old 05-09-2019, 06:06 AM
 
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They're closer in physique to middle distance runners. Sprinters are more built - they have more muscle as they need that have burst speed. Makes sense - they need more muscle to have more explosive power. Look at how muscular Olympic sprinters are compared to the typical soccer player. Soccer players are in great shape and tend to be good athletes, they just have different needs than a sprinter does.

Soccer players only need that burst speed for brief periods of time. Soccer players are also not continuously running like some would suggest. Yes they cover a lot of ground in a typical game, but they're doing it over the course of 90 plus minutes. They get a break at half time and there can be large swaths of game time where they get to walk to catch their breath. Midfielders tend to run the most as they need to be up on the attack and back on defense.
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Old 05-14-2019, 11:06 PM
 
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They're closer in physique to middle distance runners. Sprinters are more built - they have more muscle as they need that have burst speed. Makes sense - they need more muscle to have more explosive power. Look at how muscular Olympic sprinters are compared to the typical soccer player. Soccer players are in great shape and tend to be good athletes, they just have different needs than a sprinter does.

Soccer players only need that burst speed for brief periods of time. Soccer players are also not continuously running like some would suggest. Yes they cover a lot of ground in a typical game, but they're doing it over the course of 90 plus minutes. They get a break at half time and there can be large swaths of game time where they get to walk to catch their breath. Midfielders tend to run the most as they need to be up on the attack and back on defense.
Some soccer players are quite ripped like CR7, Kyle Walker, Sergio Ramos. A T&F athlete gets more breaks during a Track and Field event than WRs/DBs do in NFL game. Soccer players need that burst much more often.

Midfielders dont have to be the first one back or forward because they the forwards, and backs in front and behind them. Midfielders tend to be able to drift into play or hang further back. Perhaps they run the most ground, but they dont have to be as explosive because they dont need to be the first ones there. That is job of forwards and backs
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