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Question Number: 30454

Fitness 5/26/2016

RE: Competive Under 15

David Carter of Osage, MN USA asks...

I have a friendly wager with another coach.
Does the referee cover more miles during a typical game or does the average player? assuming he is not subbed out.

Thanks Dave

Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh

Hi Dave
It is estimated that high level soccer players cover on average 9 to 11 km per game. Some player can get higher up to 12/13 km. On a recent study it was shown that referees covered a mean overall distance of 11.634 km, and was greater than the players’ mean overall distance. The players sprinting distance was greater than that recorded by the referees.
In a recent Premier League game Dan Gosling Bournemouth ran 13.8km which would probably only be beaten by a very select number of referees.
US Soccer states in its training advice to referees that *the center referee covers as much ground as the ball during a match, or around 10,000 meters. This is consistent with the distance that most players run.*
Not sure if all that wins the wager

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