|Body Fat||Body fat can be measured using the skinfold method. If this is not available, monitoring body weight changes would give an indication of body fat changes, assuming no change in muscle mass.||Excess body fat would affect the football player’s ability to move freely around the field, and the extra weight will increase fatigue.|
|Flexibility||The sit and reach test can be done for lower back and hamstring flexibility.||Good hamstring flexibility is important for football players in the ball kicking skill.|
|Strength and Power||The vertical jump test can be performed to measure leg power. Maximal strength tests for specific exercises should be conducted.||Strength (and power tests) should also be done to determine strength levels and to monitor strength changes in conjunction with training programs.|
|Speed||Sprint time over 40m, with a split time for the first 10m should be done.||Maximum running speed and acceleration are very important in football.|
|Agility||The 505 agility test is a simple agility test that measures the ability to change direction 180 degrees. There are also more complex tests designed specifically for the demands of soccer such as the Balsom Run, and the Arrowhead Agility is commonly used for soccer players.||The ability to quickly change direction is important for football.|
|Repeat Sprints||Repeat sprint tests are designed to measure not only anaerobic power, but also the ability to recover from short bursts of high intensity exercise. You can test just the repeat sprint ability with tests such asSprint Fatigue Test. For more soccer specific activities designed to simulate the demands of soccer matches, the Loughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test includes jogging, running and sprinting.||Soccer players are required to continually produce short bursts of high intensity work interspersed with lower intensity activity.|
|Aerobic Fitness||The shuttle run (beep) test is a simple test to conduct on testing a football team. There are also football specific tests that try to mimic the intermittent nature of the sport, such as theLoughborough Intermittent Shuttle Test and the Yo-Yo Intermittent Tests. There is more information on the numerous other aerobic tests.||Aerobic fitness is a very important component of fitness for football. Players need to be able to maintain a high intensity throughout the 90 minu|
The following test make up the assessment for Soccer
- Body mass — used with the vertical jump result to calculate a leg power score.
- Standing Vertical Jump — a measure of leg explosive power.
- 20-meter sprint — maximal running speed over 20m.
- Arrowhead Agility — this agility test quantifies a soccer player’s ability to quickly switch directions.
- Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery — ability to repeatedly perform intervals over a prolonged period of time.