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Question Number: 30454
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.
Answer provided by Referee Joe McHugh
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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