Total distances covered during a game

Professional football players cover a total distance of 10-14km per game (1-3), including about 800m of high-intensity running (running speed > 19.8km×h-1 – 25.1km×h-1) and 300m of sprints (running speed > 25.2km×h-1)(2, 3). Positional differences There is a marked difference between each positional role and the distance they cover during a game. A study from the 2005-2006 Premier League season (2) shows that: Central defenders cover about 10km per game. They cover less distance in high-intensity running and sprints compared to all other positions. Full-backs cover about 10.7km per game. They cover more distance in high-intensity running and sprints compared to central defenders, more distance in sprints compared to central midfielders, but lower distance in high-intensity running and sprints compared to wide midfielders. Central midfielders cover about 11.5km per game. They cover a high distance in high-intensity running, but they have lower distance covered in sprints compared to full-backs and wide midfielders. Wide midfielders cover about 11.8km per game. They cover more distance in high-intensity running compared to all other positions, and sprint more than central defenders, full-backs and forwards. Forwards cover about 10.3km per game, and cover a high distance in both high-intensity running and sprints. The positional differences in total distances covered, Continue Reading