The following table lists a fitness test battery that was developed for the US Women’s National Soccer Team. This testing protocol is now outdated, but is still useful to give you ideas about what tests are suitable for soccer players.
The team currently (as of 2011) uses the Nike Soccer SPARQ training protocols, which includes includes a 20-meter sprint, vertical jump, arrowhead agility and yo-yo test, as well as height and weight measures.
Day 1 Testing
- 20 & 40 yard Sprint — This test determines an athletes explosiveness (20 yards) and running speed (40 yard time).
- Vertical Jump (one step) — This procedure uses the one step variation of the vertical jump test to measure explosive leg power, which is important in heading contests.
- 3-Hop Test — This test measures horizontal and vertical power of the legs, with a component of balance and coordination.
- Yo Yo Intermittent Recovery Test (level 1) — The Yo Yo Intermittent Recovery Test tests the ability to recover from moderate intensity exercise.
Day 2 Testing
- 20 yard agility run — The 20 yard agility run is a simple measure of an athlete's ability to accelerate, decelerate, change direction, and to accelerate again.
- T Test — The T Test is a measure of an athlete’s ability to accelerate, decelerate and change direction over a short distance.
- Push Up Test — The Push Up Test requires the player to perform as many push ups as possible in 60 seconds.
- Sit Up Test — The Sit Up Test requires the player to perform as many sit ups as possible in 60 seconds.
- 300-yard shuttle test — The 300-yard shuttle test is a test of anaerobic endurance.
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