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|-= HOW FIT DO YOU NEED TO BE? =-|
There are three kinds of fitness that are of concern to a Soccer Referee
- endurance, speed and agility. Endurance allows you to keep going
throughout the game; speed allows you to cover ground when the play
moves away from you sharply; and agility allows you to change direction
This Video from the... Ken Aston Referee Society - Channel
Here we give some suggestions for measures and targets for each of these for Referees in the various player age groups of AYSO, USSF, etc... If you test yourself against these, please take it easy and don't hurt yourself. Especially if you have not been running regularly recently, do the drills gently at first and slowly increase the effort level. If you decide you want to improve your results, start a regular exercise routine (e.g. as described in Get fit!) and just occasionally measure yourself again (rather than running the drills over and over). A more balanced workout regime is safer, more fun and will still produce a rapid improvement when you measure yourself again.
The targets for Under 14 on down are very undemanding. Younger Referees, or those who aspire to very tight coverage of play, should shoot for 2000m or better. If we consider targets for Referees of different ages, David Ager, in 'The Soccer Referee's' manual, gives the following guidelines for an "in condition" referee for the 12 minute run.
- Be careful running these drills! These are exactly the kind of movements that will strain or pull muscles if you overdo it before you are used to them. Take them slowly until they feel comfortable.
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