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Snacks and Nutrition

Your coach or team parent may schedule 1/2 Time and End of Game Snacks. With advice from Major League Soccer and the Alliance for Youth Sports, Region 161 suggests the following:

HYDRATION: Water, Water, Water

Water is essential to have before, at halftime, and after the game. Parents should make sure their player always has water available.

What to Keep in Mind:

Sodas are universally accepted as a very poor drink during or after a soccer game, so please NO SODAS and NO ENERGY DRINKS.

Some boxed “fruit” drinks can cause more dehydration than hydration for the players. Many juice drinks, even those containing vitamin C, are full of sweeteners.

In regards to sports drinks, some are very good and refreshing after a game, but some have high sugars, provide few nutrients, and are not healthy at all.

Low-Fat Chocolate Milk is actually a good drink for after the game.

HALF-TIME SNACKS Be careful of allergies

  • Snack should be some easy to eat fruit (watermelon, grapes, orange slices, honeydew melon or cantaloupe chunks or strawberries)
  • Make sure to have a bag for trash.
  • Players should always drink water at half-time to replenish lost fluids.

To heal those muscles after a hard game, players should have a replenishing snack within 15 minutes right after the game.

HEALTHY AFTER-GAME SNACKS Be careful of allergies

Low in saturated fats, rehydrating, high in carbs, such as:

  • Low-fat yogurt with granola or fruit
  • Healthy Granola Bars (Should be more carbs than protein)
  • String cheese
  • Applesauce
  • Nuts, Trail Mix (be careful of allergies)
  • Bagel with low-fat cream cheese or jelly
  • 1/2 peanut butter sandwich
  • Goldfish crackers

Try to Avoid

  • High-saturated fat foods, high calories, and high sugars, such as:
  • Potato Chips
  • Donuts
  • Candy bars
  • Cookies
  • Cupcakes (keep the birthday snacks for another time)
  • Hamburgers
  • Fries



Work with your Coach or Team Parent to find out the allergies among the players. Some allergies are very dangerous, and it is best to be safe.


Each team should make sure they clean-up all their trash. Please, when you leave the field, don’t rely on others, make sure to look around and throw away any trash, and recycle any recyclables.


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