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Topics in this article:

  1. Why You Need to Stretch

  2. The Basics

  3. What NOT to do

  4. Some Common Stretches to Avoid

  5. Some GOOD Stretches

  6. After the Game or Practice

  7. Finally - Be Patient

  8. Links to other information on stretching

Sure, every soccer player knows to stretch before playing, and every coach tells their team to stretch before games or practice - but when is the last time players (or coaches for that matter!) were told how to stretch correctly. We will try to explain why you must stretch, as well as some do's and don'ts to keep in mind.

Why You Need to Stretch

Just in case no one has ever told you, here are some of the reasons why stretching is so important for soccer players.

The Basics

What NOT to do

Some Common Stretches to Avoid

Many coaches like the following stretches, but avoid them as they can do more harm than good. There are alternatives to all of these which are much more effective, without the risk.

Some GOOD Stretches

Some good stretches for soccer players are:


After the Game or Practice

One thing most players forget to do is stretch AFTER you exercise. After you exercise, your muscles will want to tighten up (or even cramp). If you stretch after you play, your flexibility will increase faster, and not stretching after you work out will slow your progress, and increase the chances of injury. So ALWAYS cool down (jog for a few minutes at an easy pace) and then stretch once again before you leave the field.

Finally - Be Patient

It may take time for you to notice increased flexibility, but if you start by stretching 3-4 days a week for 4-6 weeks, you will be surprised at the difference it makes in your flexibility. After that you can cut back to stretching just a few days a week (like at during practice and games only). Remember, everyone is different, don't be discouraged if you are not as flexible as your teammates right away - just work to increase your own ability, and soon you will see results if you stick with it.

Links to other information on stretching

The information presented is intended as a starting point. If you would like to find out more information about stretching, try these websites:

(we do not endorse or recommend any advice on any other websites - these links are presented for informational purposes only and you should evaluate any information presented on your own)

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