The FIFA fitness test 15-15 is not 1 that is tested officially, but it’s a great way to practise. Because it tests you at the normal pace, but with less rest, you’ll be prepared well for the official FIFA fitness tests.
A reader inspired me to blog about this test, which is used at some countries to make sure referees are fresh and fit.
Normal reference times for the FIFA fitness test
Quick recap about the fitness tests by FIFA. There’s a sprint section, plus an interval test. For the latter, you
- run 75 metres
- walk 25 metres
- repeat that sequence of 100 metres 40 times
Because the level at which you operate is different, there are different reference times. FIFA referees officiating men’s football normally run the 75 metres in 15 seconds and they rest for 18 seconds. For ARs at that level the rest is 2 seconds longer. International referees for women’s football have a 17-20 test limit. Check the full test including sprints for referees and for assistant referees.
FIFA fitness test 15-15
The FIFA fitness test 15-15 is something that is not tested officially. Because it’s more intense than normal, make sure you are well-prepared. If you don’t normally run the 15-18 test, don’t start with this one.
Tip: you can also run the FIFA fitness test 15-15 for 10 or 20 laps first, before you run the full 40 repetitions. Via the button below you can get the audio files for your practise.
If you tried it, let me know how it feels.