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Question Number: 20365

Fitness 10/26/2008

RE: travel & high school Under 17

John Keuth of Fishers, IN US asks...

How far does a center ref or AR run in a typical full sided yout game (say competative U14 or so)? We have a lively debate among us as to the average distance covered. Estimate is up to 3 miles for a center and 1.5 for a AR. Would you have any idea?

Answer provided by Referee Richard Dawson

Full time 90 minute high level match a referee will cover about 9500 meters about 6 miles and an AR about 6500 meters about 4 miles. If there is a 1/2 hour extra time add 2 more miles to the referee total and about 1.3 miles to the ARs total . This assumes by the ARs a full out effort to follow the ball to the goal line and back to the midline and a referee intent on staying with play on a full size field.(110 to 120 yards) With players with a strong tactical and physical presence creating these conditions.I suggest you attach a pedometer (measures distance travelled) to your leg and see what you come up wth yourself.
It really is a matter of YOUR effort and the players skill and effort that will determine what you need to do. .

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