Overwhelming Speed of Team Ghana Eliminates US National Team from 2006 World Cup

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The United States World Cup soccer team showed that a lack of overall team speed is a recipe for disaster at the highest levels of competition. Future success for American soccer is dependent on implementing a more effective speed development program at every level.

Superior speed, acceleration and agility proved to be a deadly combination as Ghana eliminated the United States from World Cup competition. The inability to match Ghana’s speed to the ball, on the attack or on the defense crippled the United State’s ability to take control of the match.

The overall ineptness of Team USA’s offensive attack in their Group E matches serve as a painful reminder of how far America lags behind its international competition. Without the speed to match up with their opponents, there can be no expectation of consistent success at any level of the sport.

Here in the United States, soccer coaches and players place training emphasis, almost exclusively, on aerobic conditioning. Thus training consists of long, slow intervals on the track or around the field and long, slow runs on the road. Yet, it is impossible to get faster by training at slow speeds.

In a sport where much of the action requires short bursts of acceleration to make a play on the goal or the ball, programs that fail to specifically teach players how to accelerate and make quick changes of direction are doomed to fail.

It is incorrect to believe that speed can not be taught, developed or significantly improved. Such a mind set is currently holding many soccer programs back, from the youth to the elite levels.

The Complete Speed Training program has been designed to teach coaches and athletes the speed and agility techniques that are required to improve every athlete’s competitive ability.

For more information on how speed development affects success on the soccer field, visit http://www.completespeedtraining.com.

Athletes’ Acceleration, Inc. is a sports performance enhancement company focusing on coaching and consulting products and services designed to improve the success of athletic teams and programs of multiple sports and disciplines.


Latif Thomas, co-owner and performance consultant

Athletes’ Acceleration, Inc.

(508) 699-2986


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