How Far do Footballers Run During a Match?

By Brent Rose on at

While you're marvelling at the well-placed headers and acrobatic kicks and whatever's going on with Ronaldo's hair, take a moment to appreciate the most astonishing feat that happens during these 90 minutes: how far these guys are running.

A year ago we compared how far athletes of different sports ran during the course of a given game/match/joust. The full breakdown is below, but the most remarkable figure comes, perhaps not surprisingly, from football:

Obviously, there is some variation depending on the position they play: midfielders run the most; the goalie not so much. But it's not uncommon for a player to average seven miles per game. Seven! SportVU has tracked players running as much as 9.5 miles in a game.

So the next time you're lamenting the lack of scoring, just think of it this way. You're watching 22 grown men run a combined 154 miles in a mere 90 minutes. And looking good doing it.

For a wider look at the running requirements of different sports, read our earlier article on the topic.
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