Soccer players would do their cardio with a ball, regular cardio will not benefit them in the same way because they could use a different, easier running technique…
On the field however, that technique would go to shit because they now have to deal with the ball while running…
Quick detour from the topic. Most soccer training methods (they vary from club to club and country to country) do train absolute speed with sprinting, sled running, parachute sprints etc.
Technique (ball control) is usually identified as a separate quality and so there are a lot of agility drills for that too.
As I said, I was just relaying what I’ve read from Poliquin and others…
This wasn’t about max speed, but just your regular running/“jogging” around the field as well as running with the ball.
I have personally never seen soccer teams/coaches over here do any of the stuff Poliquin and the other top coaches recommend… But then again, Germany is one of the most backwards countries in regards to training, it’s not funny anymore.
They just hire the best they can get for money and hope that it’s enough, as it seems.
Then again, I’m a bodybuilder and don’t know shit about this…
Yeah… well, take what American “top coaches” say about soccer with a grain of salt. Their ignorance is showing if they say aerobic running without the ball isn’t beneficial. Of course it is. You have to chase players more often than you have to run with the ball…
I understand that some of these authors will be dismissive of the European methods, but bear in mind the results. Football is probably the most competetive sport in the planet with regards to “making it”. You have to start early and become good fast. Some fundamental differences exist between it and some other sports which these “top coaches” coach for over in the US.
Seems to me a little like bodybuilding training (fads vs. what actual bodybuilders do).