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What does strength in football look like?

New video on what specific football actions (that require 'strength') exactly look like.

I think that it's important to remember when you are in the gym lifting weight and trying to gain muscle, it needs to be PURPOSEFUL and FUNCTIONAL. Developing strength needs to relate to what is required from you out on the field. If you can't do these specific actions it doesn't really matter how big you are or how much muscle you have. The purpose of strength building should always be so that you can do game-like actions with more effectiveness and efficiency.



Strength to ride the tackle

Strength behind the shot

Center Forwards-

Strength behind the shot

Strength to create space off the CB

Strength to ride the tackle

Strength in the air

Strength to link / hold the ball up

Strength to win it off the CB

Strength to shoulder charge

Center Midfielders-

Strength to keep possession under contact

Strength in the tackle

Wing Backs-

Strength to defend the cross / keep winger wide

Strength in the tackle

Strength in the air

Central Defenders-

Strength to shield off the CF

Strength in the tackle

Strength in the air on set-pieces


Strength to absorb contact on aerial balls

Strength to get down low quickly

Strength to explode multi-directional

Strength to come off your line quickly



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