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Youth Soccer Nutrition

We are proud to sponsor and be the official grocer for Cal North Soccer! As part of our ongoing effort to provide nutrition education to our communities, our corporate dietitian has provided helpful tips to fuel your best performance on the field.

Quality nutrition specifically geared toward soccer players may up your game! Always make healthy choices that are best for you and individualize food and fluid intake based on your tastes and tolerances.

Macronutrients & Micronutrients

Overall, the typical Western diet contains too much fat and not enough whole grains and quality carbohydrates. Here is a table comparing the average Western macronutrient intake (carbohydrates, fats, and protein) vs. how much of each macronutrient a soccer player is recommended to consume.

Average Western Diet Ideal Soccer Players Diet
Carbohydrate 46% 60%
Fat 38% 25%
Protein 16% 15%

And remember, micronutrients or vitamins and minerals are really what help keep your body functioning well and support you getting out and playing hard! Let’s learn more about these essential macronutrients and micronutrients.

Fueling Performance & Recovery

Soccer is one of the most physically demanding sports. During a ninety-minute game, a player may burn as many as 1,500 to 2,000 calories, depending on the intensity of the game. Vigorous training and competitive games increase energy needs for soccer players.