Answered 6 months ago · Author has 839 answers and 137.1K answer views. American Football players are generally faster than soccer players as most of them have a track-and-field background (British English: athletics).
Also football players dedicate themselves to training for speed and arent even faster than soccer players, but soccer you cant just be quick you have to have skill and field awareness and technical abilities while in football all you need is the ability to run and catch, and catching a ball isn't even hard specially since they get the help of specialized gloves to make the ball stick to their hands.
Brian Habanna is probably the quickest rugby player in the world and may be quicker than Cristiano Ronaldo when running, however a 20st forward would be slower. The quickest rugby and soccer players may be similar, but the slowest soccer player would be quicker than than slowest rugby player.
Some soccer players have been clocked at 22mph. BUT wide receivers and safeties are often track sprinting starts. So the AVERAGE soccer player is probably faster than the AVERAGE football player, but there are some football players as fast or faster than any but the fastest track athletes. Nevertheless this one goes to soccer.
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