The average soccer player runs approximately 7 miles each game, although that number differs depending on player position and time on the field. More stationary soccer players, such as goalies and defensive players, travel smaller distances during the course of a game than front-line players in offensive positions. In addition to varying in distance traveled, soccer players run miles at different speeds; some jog, while others sustain average running speeds up to 5 miles per hour.
Unlike in many sports, soccer players routinely travel the length of an entire playing field multiple times. In addition to varying running speeds throughout a game, soccer players engage in differing running styles. Soccer combines quick sprints and endurance, ultimately requiring high levels of fitness. Some soccer players, such as those competing at professional levels, log distances reaching 8 or 9 miles each game. Michael Bradley, infielder for the U.S. men's soccer team, traveled just under 8 miles during an opening World Cup soccer match, according to Business Insider. Of the running professional sports, soccer players consistently log some of the longest running distances during competition. Tennis players average 3 to 5 miles per match. Football players typically cover between 1 and 2 miles a game, as do basketball players.