‘By the Numbers’ with FIFA 11+

‘By the Numbers’ with FIFA 11+

FIFA 11+ poster (.pdf)

As one of the critical components of the Player Health & Safety pillar of Players First, FIFA 11+ provides tools and resources for improving performance and reducing injury risk.

The statistics supporting the program are undeniable, and last month, Sideline Sports Doc president Dev Mishra, M.D. offered his strong support in a news article titled “Can you save your ACL?” Through consistent use, FIFA 11+ has reduced soccer-related injuries by 30-70 percent.

So, what is FIFA 11+?

It’s a 20-minute comprehensive warm-up program designed to reduce injuries among soccer players ages 14 and older. FIFA 11+ is used on the field without any additional equipment and consists of 15 exercises divided into three separate components:

  1. Running exercises (8 minutes) encompassing cutting, change of direction, decelerating and proper landing techniques, and strength;
  1. Plyometric and balance exercises (10 minutes) that focus on core strength, eccentric control and proprioception;
  1. Running exercises (2 minutes) to conclude the warm-up and optimally prepare the athlete for athletic participation.

Developed by an international group of experts, the implementation of the program in men’s and women’s competitive soccer led to a significant decrease in injuries during games and training, and time loss due to injury, thus proving not only the effectiveness of the program, but that it is easily and broadly applicable.

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