Nutrition - Tournaments (Wallace Minor Soccer)

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What to Eat During Soccer Tournaments

As a soccer coach, I don’t have to tell you that coaching a youth soccer team while traveling in tournaments is a difficult task. One of the hardest responsibilities as a soccer coach while on the road is monitoring your players’ food intake. As their soccer coach, it is important for you as their coach to give the players a list of foods that will help their bodies recover quickly and give them the most energy for the following games. 

First of all, some of the tournaments I have coached in often play games with only a brief time between games. This is often not enough time to leave the complex to eat. In this situation, instruct your players to bring energy snacks that are easy and are an excellent energy source. These snacks are easy to carry and won’t spoil.


  • Apples
  •  Bananas
  • Dried Banana Chips
  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Fig Newton’s
  • Graham Crackers
  • Bagels
  • English Muffins
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Oatmeal-raisin cookies
  • Granola bars
  • Hard Pretzels
  • Bread Sticks
  • Popcorn
  • Cold Cereal
  • Corn Flakes
  • Juice in a box
  • Raw Vegetables
  • Fruit snack
  • Fruit Sauce

  Here is a list of foods that are high in carbohydrates:


  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Raisins
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Dates


  • Bagels
  • English Muffins
  • Granola Bars
  • Rice
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Toast
  • French toast
  • Dry Cereal
  • Pancakes
  • Waffles
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta


  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Yams
  • Cauliflower
  • Turnips
  • Green Peppers


  • Milk
  • Yogurt

Soccer coaches, make sure your team has this list next time they travel on an out of town tournament.

Titled: What to Eat During Soccer Tournaments
Tagged: Soccer Nutrition, Soccer Diet, Soccer Tournament Foods, What to eat at soccer tournaments