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4 Types of Soccer Speed

The 4 Types of Soccer Speed

When we think of soccer speed, we most often think of running speed. However, soccer speed can actually refer to many things.

Here is how US Soccer defines 4 types speed that soccer players need to possess and develop:

  • Pure Speed – The ability to overcome the distance between two points in the shortest amount of time.
  • Technical Speed – the ability to control and manipulate the ball with the body, legs or feet at speed.
  • Speed of Action – processing information from the game and choosing an appropriate response quickly to the situation.
  • Mental Speed – ability of the player to be aware of all factors, conditions and options inside and outside of the game (opponents, teammates, crowd, etc.)
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