Football / Soccer Injuries


Article by Zoe Russell

Most Common Football - Soccer Injuries

soccer injuries

To assist clarity between the football codes this article refers to football, the round ball game formerly known as soccer. 

Thankfully most soccer injuries are a soft tissue injury. As expected, 50-80% of football / soccer injuries affect the feet and legs. 40-45% of leg injuries involve ankle injuries and foot pain. Most of those injuries are a sprained ankle.

Knee injuries account for 25% of leg injuries. The ACL injury (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is the most common season-ending problem but other knee ligaments are common. Meniscus tears are also common due to the pivoting nature of football. 

In young football players, Osgood-Schlatter Disease is a common cause of knee pain. Sever's disease is a common source of heel pain.

In the lower leg, tibial shaft fractures are uncommon, but they represent the most severe type of lower extremity trauma in soccer.

Head injuries account for 4-22% of soccer injuries. Concussions make up 2-3% of all soccer injuries. Most severe head injuries are caused by collisions. The collisions could be with other players, goalposts, the ground, or the ball. Neck pain and shoulder pain can occur. Mild whiplash injury has been reported after head clashes or impact with the ground.

Goalkeepers are susceptible to shoulder injuries from falls and collisions. However, even field players can suffer from a rotator cuff injury during throw-ins or falls.

Please find more detailed information about common football injuries below.

Common Football Injuries

Knee Pain

Ankle Injuries

Foot Pain

Groin Pain

Hip Pain

Back Pain

Shoulder Pain

Muscle Pain

Neck Pain

Common Adolescent Football Injuries

Knee Pain

Heel Pain


Injury Prevention

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FFA Sportscover Insurance

FFA Registered players are covered by FFA’s "Sportscover Insurance".

The insurers will reimburse you for your physiotherapy costs. There is a $50 excess and they will then pay you 85% of the balance up to $2500.

The Claim Form and Online Claim Lodgement is available here:

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FIFA 11+ Warm up & Injury Prevention Program

The “FIFA 11+” is a warm-up to prevent injury. It was developed by leading sports medicine professionals.

FIFA 11+ is based on your body having some natural defence mechanisms against injuries that you can train to become more “resistant” to injuries. For example, training certain muscles helps you to stabilise joints Training your balance makes you less susceptible to loss of balance and falls. There are certain techniques, e.g. how you jump or land, that protect you from getting injured in these critical situations. 

The FIFA 11+ combines exercises that train your body to provide you with general protection from injuries. “FIFA 11+” is a complete warm-up that is recommended to be performed prior to every training session. You should be at least 14 years of age to start “FIFA 11+”.

In a scientific study with almost 2,000 female youth players, teams performing “FIFA 11+” at least twice a week had 30 to 50% fewer injured players than teams who warmed up as usual. The greater care you take to correctly perform each exercise, the greater the effect. 

There are two important points to foolow for the best results from FIFA 11+:

  • You should perform all the exercises of “FIFA 11+” correctly.  The greater care you take with the "quality" of exercise, the greater the benefit.
  • You have to do “FIFA 11+” regularly; at least twice a week.

What are the FIFA 11+ Exercises?

FIFA 11+

Football Injury Treatment Options

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Rotator Cuff Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • ACL Injury Prevention
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Dry Needling
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Running Analysis
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
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    Football Injury FAQs

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • What are the Best Core Exercises?
  • Can Kinesiology Taping Reduce Your Swelling and Bruising?
  • Heat Packs. Why Does Heat Feel So Good?
  • How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?
  • How to Strap an Ankle
  • Post-Run Soreness: Should You Be Concerned?
  • Rotator Cuff: What is it?
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are Common Adolescent / Children Leg Injuries?
  • What are Growing Pains?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
  • When is the Best Time for a Pre-Event Massage?
  • Why Kinesiology Tape Helps Reduce Swelling and Bruising Quicker
  • Helpful Products - Football

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    Last updated 19-Jan-2018 01:54 PM

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