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Hydration Strategies for Soccer - Resource Library Feature

Posted by Kellie Donnelly on Jun 25, 2012 in Education 0 Comments

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This week’s Resource Library feature highlights a research article by National Soccer Coaches Association of America Master Coach Diploma holder Gary Ross entitled “Hydration Strategies for Soccer”. 

A former member of England's U-18 Youth National Team, Ross came to the U.S. in 1987 to accept a full soccer scholarship to Lock Haven University, where he was a two-time All-American and became the school's all-time leader in goals and points. He went on to play professionally for the Delaware Wizards of the United States Interregional Soccer League and later for the National Professional Soccer League's Philadelphia Kixx, Baltimore Blast and Harrisburg Heat.

Since then, Ross has been a fixture at Lanco Field House in Pennsylvania, where he runs his own soccer school, Rossi Soccer Academy, and is also the Academy Director at Penn Legacy Soccer Club, where he teaches the fundamentals of the game to over 600 kids under the age of nine.

As summer temperatures continue to rise, it is essential that coaches understand proper hydration for optimal player performance. Soccer players run for longer periods of time than many other athletes, therefore hydration education is especially important to the successful soccer coach. The featured piece today by Gary Ross discusses the thermoregulatory (the ability of an organism to keep its body temperature within certain boundaries, even when the surrounding temperature is very different) responses to exercise. In the study, Ross looks at the hydration practices of Spain, Italy and England, three of the quarterfinalists in the 2012 UEFA European Championships, on game day.

This is especially interesting as Spain and Italy prepare to compete in the Euro Cup semifinals this week. Despite that both games are forecasted in the 70’s, proper recovery from the four previous games of the tournament will play a factor for the Spaniards and the Italians.

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  • Measurement of muscle temperature, body temperature and skin temperature before the game, at the end of the first half, beginning of second half and post game

  • Conclusions on how to reach maximum of peak performance related to body and muscle temperature

  • Strategies to monitor hydration status

Hydration Strategies for Soccer” has been made available for a short time for both members and non-members. This article, along with hundreds more, can be found in the NSCAA Resource Library at www.nscaa.com/education/library.

On a regular basis, NSCAA will feature an article or practice plan from the Resource Library. To have your Resource Library upload featured on NSCAA.com, contact Chris Burt at cburt@nscaa.com.

Additional articles regarding hydration that can be found in the Resource Library:

Water vs. Fluids by Laurie Evans

This article discusses the importance of hydration, especially in young players.


Soccer Injury Prevention Strategies by Jason Mathews

This article answers frequently asked questions such as the physiological effects of dehydration, good pre-exercise, during exercise and post-exercise hydration strategies, nutrition recommendations and more.


Hydration: It’s Just the First Step by Donald T. Kirkendall, Ph.D.

This article features seven important notes on hydration.




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