Acceleration is running from stop to go or building speed while already moving. This is how you get ahead of your game. “Getting a step on the game” is not just a cute appearance; it’s the goal in soccer when it appears to speed.
Over twenty yards, if you can stimulate and be 0.2 seconds faster than your competitor, you will be about 2 yards forward of him or her. That means cutting away for a shot on goal or going to the ball first to get possession.
Physics of Acceleration
In physics, Newton’s Laws of Motion are the foundation for movement. Laws 2 and 3 have such a huge impact on acceleration, Sir Isaac Newton could have been a speed trainer.
Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion
F = m x a
Force is equal to mass multiplied by acceleration. Biomechanics uses that to your acceleration in sprinting. Your body mass lingers the same during a game or training, so the equation is F = m. This indicates the more force you use to the ground, the quicker you sprint. Sports biomechanics analysis proves this as we see a strong relationship between leg strength and acceleration speed.
Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion
Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion is a little tougher to write but just as necessary.
When one body uses a force on another body, the second body concurrently exerts a force equal in size but opposite in direction on the first body.
Acceleration is all about building horizontal speed. If you push one step, the ground will push you back in the drive direction. That’s why there is leaner in the powerline when accelerating—it makes the power application more horizontal.
Where the foot hits the ground is also critical. The angle of the used force through the center of the body determines the angle of the ground response force.
Acceleration can be developed through practice. It is a skill that will develop if you focus on the right measures. The two general areas to improve are:
Efficient acceleration mechanics
Good power & strength to bodyweight ratios
Those piston-like “drive & punch” mechanics can be acquired through a number of speed exercises that teach the motor program, and affability exercises that provide fluid movement within key muscles and joints.
Good Energy to Bodyweight Rates
The best workers in the world won’t take you very far if your power and strength are not sufficiently related to your body weight. This is your strength ratio or your power ratio. Good acceleration depends on this type of functional strength.
You can increase your acceleration. It’s just necessary Newtonian physics.
To use the laws of physics to your game, focus on improving:
Motor Control: Speedup Mechanics
This is a trainable ability that you can develop to be a faster soccer player on the field.