NOTE: This is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Carbohydrates have numerous roles to play in the human body, but one of the most important roles to athletes is the ability to store and transport energy. Because soccer involves strenuous exercise, it is beneficial to have a readily available source of energy during practices and games.

Examples of foods that are high in carbohydrates include:

  • Beans
  • Bran
  • Bread
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Rice

Players should avoid foods that are high in fat content or are high in calories. These will slow down the digestion process. Examples of foods that are high in fat or calories include:

  • Butter
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fried Foods
  • Mayonnaise
  • Nuts
  • Salad Dressing

Players should eat 2 to 3 hours before practices and games. This gives the body time to digest and absorb the much needed nutrients.