Performance Nutrition for Soccer Players

Bob has great insight on how fuel soccer players in order to improve performance. Bob is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, the former Director of Sports Nutrition for the University of Florida and most recently served as a sport dietitian for the US Olympic Committee. Bob traveled to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a sport dietitian for the US Olympic Team and the personal sport dietitian for the Olympic Triathlon Team.

Bob has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science, a master’s degree in Health and Exercise Science and a second master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. He is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a High Performance Triathlon Coach. As a nutrition coach, Bob specializes in enhancing health and improving performance by improving metabolic efficiency and using nutrition periodization, which provides varying nutrition recommendations to each specific athlete based on training cycle changes and body composition and weight goals.

Bob has worked with a variety of athletes from sports including triathlon, duathlon, ultra-running/cycling, track and field, marathon, mountain biking, road and track cycling, cross country, swimming, football, tae kwon do, motocross, tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, rowing, skeleton, sailing, paralympic sailing, canoeing and kayaking. He has worked with all ages and abilities of athletes including high schoolers/juniors, recreationally active adults, professional athletes and Olympians. Bob currently consults as a sport dietitian for US Sailing (Olympic and Paralympic sailors) and the USA Triathlon National Team.

Practicing what he preaches, Bob has been an athlete his entire life growing up playing competitive soccer for 18 years. He also coaches youth and collegiate soccer for six years. During that time, he was the head coach for Colorado State University women’s soccer club where he led them to be national champions. In 1993 he turned to endurance sports and has competed in many endurance events including the Boston Marathon, six Ironman races, the Leadville 100 mile trail race, the Leadville 100 mile mountain bike race and in 2009, Bob became a Leadman, completing all six of the Leadville endurance events in 7 weeks. Currently, he is specializing in short course triathlon training and competition to see how fast he can get!

In this podcast you will learn:

  1. What is Bob’s background of playing soccer?
  2. The challenges Bob sees regarding nutrition for soccer players?
  3. Nutrition principles a soccer player should consider that could elevate his or her performance
  4. Why soccer athletes have difficulty gaining weight and the nutrition principles he recommends for soccer players who are trying to gain weight
  5. Nutrition for Soccer Tournaments and what to avoid and common mistakes being made
  6. How to fuel the body during tournaments?
  7. Hydration recommendations for Soccer Players?
  8. What form of hydration is best: Water, Sports drinks, or both?
  9. Bob’s new eBook on Performance Nutrition for Soccer Players: Gain the Advantage.
  10. Goals of his new eBook?
  11. Topics discussed in the eBook?
  12. Where can our listeners purchase his ebook?

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22 replies
  1. Nick Yonko, RD, CSCS
    Nick Yonko, RD, CSCS says:

    Bob’s tip for gaining weight is spot on! Will forward this tip and podcast over to my old high school coach so he can pass on to current players. Hydration properly during tournaments especially in Texas can make or break performance for players and teams.

    • Hanna
      Hanna says:

      I agree with you, Nick! As athletes, I think we get so focused on the game that we forget to hydrate. And even small losses of water (I once heard as little as 2% of total body weight) can affect performance! So we must be proactive in our approach to encouraging athletes to stay on top of their hydration. I can only imagine what the heat must be like in Texas!

  2. Nick Yonko, RD, CSCS
    Nick Yonko, RD, CSCS says:

    Bob’s tip for gaining weight is spot on! Will forward this tip and podcast over to my old high school coach so he can pass on to current players. Hydration properly during tournaments especially in Texas can make or break performance for players and teams.

    • Hanna
      Hanna says:

      I agree with you, Nick! As athletes, I think we get so focused on the game that we forget to hydrate. And even small losses of water (I once heard as little as 2% of total body weight) can affect performance! So we must be proactive in our approach to encouraging athletes to stay on top of their hydration. I can only imagine what the heat must be like in Texas!

  3. Hanna
    Hanna says:

    Thanks for the suggestions on how to properly education athletes on how to gain weight. I am not familiar with the topic of weight gain AT ALL because as a distance runner, that is often discouraged (in most circumstances). Thanks for the wonderful tips! And as Nick said, this is definitely something I will pass along!

  4. Hanna
    Hanna says:

    Thanks for the suggestions on how to properly education athletes on how to gain weight. I am not familiar with the topic of weight gain AT ALL because as a distance runner, that is often discouraged (in most circumstances). Thanks for the wonderful tips! And as Nick said, this is definitely something I will pass along!

  5. Dylan A. Bailey
    Dylan A. Bailey says:

    As I am quite unfamiliar with the sport and nutritional practices associated with soccer, I am thrilled that Bob presented his expertise in an easy to understand and exciting format. It was interesting to hear how nutrient timing, a dietary practice implemented across a multi-sport spectrum, was discussed by Bob to be so crucial for advantageous soccer performance throughout the wide array of physiologic applications soccer players face (plyometrics, fitness training, and ball training). I really enjoyed becoming more educated about all that soccer nutrition encompasses, great discussion!

  6. Dylan A. Bailey
    Dylan A. Bailey says:

    As I am quite unfamiliar with the sport and nutritional practices associated with soccer, I am thrilled that Bob presented his expertise in an easy to understand and exciting format. It was interesting to hear how nutrient timing, a dietary practice implemented across a multi-sport spectrum, was discussed by Bob to be so crucial for advantageous soccer performance throughout the wide array of physiologic applications soccer players face (plyometrics, fitness training, and ball training). I really enjoyed becoming more educated about all that soccer nutrition encompasses, great discussion!

  7. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    I really liked how Bob explained that the consumption of fruits and vegetables can actually be a hydration technique. Now is the time for those delicious summer fruits and vegetables, and not only are the micro- and macronutrients great in them but the water content too!

  8. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    I really liked how Bob explained that the consumption of fruits and vegetables can actually be a hydration technique. Now is the time for those delicious summer fruits and vegetables, and not only are the micro- and macronutrients great in them but the water content too!

  9. Katie Kissane, MS RD
    Katie Kissane, MS RD says:

    The discussion on body composition and eating frequently is so important for all athletes. I have never played soccer but I am a triathlete and changing my diet with smaller, frequent meals and timing my nutrition has made a huge difference in my training and body composition. I also liked the discussion on nutrition preparation for soccer tournaments. It is so important to be prepared with snacks and drinks to stay well hydrated and fueled for tournaments.

  10. Katie Kissane, MS RD
    Katie Kissane, MS RD says:

    The discussion on body composition and eating frequently is so important for all athletes. I have never played soccer but I am a triathlete and changing my diet with smaller, frequent meals and timing my nutrition has made a huge difference in my training and body composition. I also liked the discussion on nutrition preparation for soccer tournaments. It is so important to be prepared with snacks and drinks to stay well hydrated and fueled for tournaments.

  11. Ryan Turner, RD
    Ryan Turner, RD says:

    Soccer is an extremely demanding sports where tournaments can last over three days, with multiple games, in intense heat. The importance of hydration and proper nutrient timing can be complex, Bob really breaks down this down in a great way where all athletes can understand. If he offers so much great info in this podcast, I can only imagine how helpful the ebook will be.

  12. Ryan Turner, RD
    Ryan Turner, RD says:

    Soccer is an extremely demanding sports where tournaments can last over three days, with multiple games, in intense heat. The importance of hydration and proper nutrient timing can be complex, Bob really breaks down this down in a great way where all athletes can understand. If he offers so much great info in this podcast, I can only imagine how helpful the ebook will be.

  13. Shelly Guzman, MS, RD, CSSD
    Shelly Guzman, MS, RD, CSSD says:

    Great discussion on nutrition concerns for soccer players. I hadn’t considered difficulty gaining weight as a challenge for soccer players, so this was very insightful. Additionally, the advice on nutrition for tournaments is wonderful. Bob Seebohar is master of nutrition periodization — taking advantage of his knowledge and figuring out how to easily apply this concept in your own life, by purchasing the ebook, is recommended.

  14. Shelly Guzman Johnson
    Shelly Guzman Johnson says:

    Great discussion on nutrition concerns for soccer players. I hadn’t considered difficulty gaining weight as a challenge for soccer players, so this was very insightful. Additionally, the advice on nutrition for tournaments is wonderful. Bob Seebohar is master of nutrition periodization — taking advantage of his knowledge and figuring out how to easily apply this concept in your own life, by purchasing the ebook, is recommended.

  15. Alain
    Alain says:

    Bob provides great detail about common mistakes of athletes and how to avoid many of these mistakes. Many athletes are not aware of foods that provide hydration; Bob gives great explanation about these foods and tips on how to stay hydrated from other sources.

  16. Alain
    Alain says:

    Bob provides great detail about common mistakes of athletes and how to avoid many of these mistakes. Many athletes are not aware of foods that provide hydration; Bob gives great explanation about these foods and tips on how to stay hydrated from other sources.

  17. Laura Maydak
    Laura Maydak says:

    This is a great podcast – Bob is clearly passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about soccer. He addresses issues that are very important to young players, and provides insight on how to enhance overall wellness and performance. Soccer is an incredibly demanding sport, and it can be very difficult for young players – who are still growing – to consume adequate calories to support their activity. Bob addresses the importance of frequent feedings, as well as how trying to play “catch up” at later meals can negatively impact body composition. I love how he highlights not only the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables, but also their role in hydration. From listening to this podcast, it is clear that Bob’s eBook will be incredibly beneficial for soccer players trying to perform their best.

  18. Laura Maydak
    Laura Maydak says:

    This is a great podcast – Bob is clearly passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about soccer. He addresses issues that are very important to young players, and provides insight on how to enhance overall wellness and performance. Soccer is an incredibly demanding sport, and it can be very difficult for young players – who are still growing – to consume adequate calories to support their activity. Bob addresses the importance of frequent feedings, as well as how trying to play “catch up” at later meals can negatively impact body composition. I love how he highlights not only the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables, but also their role in hydration. From listening to this podcast, it is clear that Bob’s eBook will be incredibly beneficial for soccer players trying to perform their best.

  19. Christine Turpin RD, LDN, CSCS
    Christine Turpin RD, LDN, CSCS says:

    Great podcast Bob! Important topics — start to hydrate early in the day and use fruits and vegetables as a source of water! I have consulted so many athletes on how to gain positive body weight. I love how you stress the importance of eating throughout the day and not just indulging at one or two meals. I look forward to reading more in your ebook!

  20. Christine Turpin RD, LDN, CSCS
    Christine Turpin RD, LDN, CSCS says:

    Great podcast Bob! Important topics — start to hydrate early in the day and use fruits and vegetables as a source of water! I have consulted so many athletes on how to gain positive body weight. I love how you stress the importance of eating throughout the day and not just indulging at one or two meals. I look forward to reading more in your ebook!

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