Diet and Nutrition Guide

 The secret ingredient of becoming a professional footballer is to understand, the different food groups and the benefits they provide during sports.


Good Diet and Nutrition for footballers

Footballers and athletes have to understand that Diet and Nutrition is a huge part of not only football but all sports. Eating the right foods can bring an increase in performance, concentration and energy. It also helps to maintain a healthy immune function also improved health and well-being. Preparing the body and mind before and after training/matches helps to delay fatigue and allow you to train/play harder.

Pre-match meals and regular hydration has been proven to significantly improve training and match performance. 2-3 Litres of water throughout the day plus plenty of carbohydrates, fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Try not to overindulge in one type of food group, have a little more variety.

Oily Fish and Salad meal for Diet and Nutrition

Diet To Enjoy for footballers

Almond Milk, Cranberry Juice Fresh Fruit and Veg,

Baked Beans, Chicken, Fish, Lean Meats and Mushrooms.

Boiling, Grilling and Poaching.

Fruit and Fibre, Muesli, Porridge and Shredded Wheat.

Nuts and Seeds, Wholemeal pieces of bread.

Skimmed/Semi Skimmed and Water.

Healthy Wholemeal Bread for a Footballers Diet
Nuts and Seeds for Diet and Nutrition

Diet To Avoid for footballers

Cereals with high sugar content (Frosties, Coco Pops,)

Cheese, Butter, Jam

Chocolate Bars,

Cake, Ice Cream, Biscuits


Full Fat Milk, Fizzy Drinks,

Fresh Orange Juice, 

Processed Meats, Bacon, Sausages, Burgers

Athletes Fizzy Drinks bad Habits
Bad Diet for Footballers
Cakes and Doughnuts not for sportsman

Diet Benefits for Footballers

A balanced diet can help support

  • consistent intensive training
  • limit the risks of illness or injury
  • promote adaptations to the training intensity
  • preparing for training/matches
  • speed up recovery after training/matches

We encourage players to be aware of foods that can meet their needs such as carbohydrates and proteins, how much should be eaten, and when these foods should be eaten to maintain/enhance player performance. 

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Seafood Salad Diet and Nutrition

Diet and Nutrition Concerns for footballers

An Un-Balanced is a result of

  • lack knowledge of foods and drinks
  • inadequate cooking skills
  • bad decision choices when shopping or dining out
  • Poor or outdated knowledge of sports nutrition
  • Inadequate finances
  • Busy lifestyle 
  • Limited availability of food and drink choices 
  • Frequent travel
  • Indiscriminate use of supplements and sports foods/drinks
Footballers Diet and Nutrition Supplements
Diet and Nutrition For Footballers

Diet and Nutrition Supplements for footballers

Players often look to nutritional supplements alongside their diet for additional benefits including

  • promoting adaptations to training
  • losing fat and building muscle
  • increasing energy supply
  •  allowing more consistent and intensive training
  • promoting recovery between training sessions
  •  maintaining good health and reducing interruptions
    to training due to chronic fatigue, illness or injury
  • enhancing competitive performance

Diet Supplements And Health for footballers

We advise all players and parents to carefully look at all of the risks and rewards of individual supplements before trying them.

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Football Development Diet and Nutrition
Football Academy Diet and Nutrition

The Footballers Nutrition Guide


From Proteins to carbohydrates, vitamins to supplements or hydration to rest. The diet and nutrition document will give you further guidance.