May 18, 2021
Nutrition basics for football
Nutrition is one of those topics that can be hard to navigate. There is a lot of conflicting information available that can make it hard to know what is correct and what is not.
Generally you can’t go too wrong with a diet rich in whole foods and vegetables, while at the same time understanding that eliminating entire food groups from your diet can put you at risk of low energy availability. Low energy availability can not only have implications for sporting performance, but also many facets of health (read more here).
In football, like all sports, it is important that we are not only eating enough for the training that we are doing, but also eating the right kind of macronutrients at the right time. Being mindful of what and when we are eating can help boost performance and recovery. To learn more, view our nutrition guidelines here.
"Generally you can’t go too wrong with a diet rich in whole foods and vegetables, while at the same time understanding that eliminating entire food groups from your diet can put you at risk of low energy availability."
New Zealand Football’s Player Welfare team are here to help our football communities learn, understand, and apply nutritional principles for our footballers, taking the latest football specific research and consultation with High Performance Sport NZ dieticians.
If you’d like to dig deeper, book a nutrition workshop for your club, register to attend a regional workshop, or register for our free national Nutrition for Football Webinar this month.
To register for a workshop near you, or for more information, email your federation’s Player Welfare Officer. You can meet the team here.
Join our national Nutrition for Football Webinar – Monday 24th May 7:00-8:00pm. Register here.