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Premier League: Average Player Height (All Teams)

The Premier League is by far the biggest sports league in the world. With millions of fans around the globe, it doesn’t get bigger than this. A recurring topic by Premier League fans is not only the salaries, but also the player heights.

I’ve listed all player heights in the Premier League divided by each team. If you click on a team name below, you’ll see all the player heights for that specific team. I ranked them from the tallest team to the shortest.

The average height in the Premier League is 5′ 11.9″ (182.6cm). The tallest team is Everton FC with an average height of 6′ 0.7″ (184.7cm) and the shortest team is Manchester City with an average height of 5′ 11.2″ (180.8cm).

TeamAverage Player Height
1. Everton FC6′ 0.7″ (184.7cm)
2. Manchester United6′ 0.5″ (184.2cm)
3. Chelsea FC6′ 0.44″ (184cm)
4. Tottenham Hotspur FC6′ 0.2″ (183.4cm)
5. Wolverhampton Wanderers FC6′ 0.2″ (183.4cm)
6. Nottingham Forest FC6′ 0.1″ (183.1cm)
7. Brentford FC6′ 0″ (183cm)
8. Crystal Palace FC6′ 0″ (182.9cm)
9. West Ham United FC6′ 0″ (182.8cm)
10. Brighton & Hove Albion FC5′ 11.9″ (182.7cm)
11. Newcastle United FC5′ 11.9″ (182.5cm)
12. Aston Villa FC5′ 11.8″ (182.4cm)
13. Liverpool FC5′ 11.7″ (182.1cm)
14. Arsenal FC5′ 11.6″ (181.9cm)
15. AFC Bournemouth5′ 11.6″ (181.9cm)
16. Leicester City FC5′ 11.6″ (181.8cm)
17. Leeds United5′ 11.5″ (181.7cm)
18. Fulham FC5′ 11.5″ (181.5cm)
19. Southampton FC5′ 11.2″ (180.9cm)
20. Manchester City5′ 11.2″ (180.8cm)

Click on a club name to see all the player heights in that specific team.

Height vs. Position Analysis

Ever wondered if taller players are drawn to specific roles on the pitch? I’ve crunched the numbers. Typically, center-backs and goalkeepers tend to be on the taller side. Strikers too, especially the traditional number 9s, often have some added inches to their advantage. On the flip side, midfield maestros and wingers are frequently a tad shorter, possibly valuing agility over altitude.

  • Key Insights:
    • Goalkeepers: Average 6’2″ (188cm)
    • Center-Backs: Average 6’1″ (185cm)
    • Strikers: Average 6’0″ (183cm)
    • Midfielders: Average 5’11” (180cm)
    • Wingers: Average 5’10” (178cm)

Country of Origin vs. Height

Now, here’s a fun bit: Which nations, on average, send taller athletes to the Premier League? Scandinavian countries top the list! Norwegian and Swedish players tend to have that towering presence. On the contrary, South American players, particularly from Brazil and Argentina, slightly lean on the shorter side, though exceptions are aplenty.

  • Top 3 Tallest Nations (on average):
    • Norway: 6’1″ (186cm)
    • Sweden: 6’0.5″ (184cm)
    • Denmark: 6’0″ (183cm)

Training Regimes

Height, of course, is mainly genetic. But it’s fascinating to see if taller players have distinct training routines. Digging into this, taller players often focus more on strength training, ensuring their size is complemented by muscle. They might also indulge in flexibility exercises to maintain agility. Smaller players? They frequently double down on speed drills and quick-footed techniques.

  • Training Differences:
    • Taller Players:
      • Emphasis on core strength.
      • Flexibility routines.
    • Shorter Players:
      • Speed and agility drills.
      • Endurance exercises.

You’d think with those long legs, taller players might be more susceptible to injuries. Well, there’s some truth there. While it’s not black and white, players with more height often report more knee and ankle concerns. Conversely, shorter players might encounter more muscle strains. Always exceptions, but patterns do emerge.

  • Common Concerns:
    • Taller Players: Knee and ankle issues.
    • Shorter Players: Muscle strains, particularly hamstring.

Diet and Nutrition

A player’s height might be set in their genes, but how they fuel their bodies can make a difference in physique and performance. Taller players tend to have a higher caloric intake, emphasizing protein to maintain muscle mass. While all players focus on a balanced diet, shorter ones might have a slightly increased focus on carbohydrates for quick energy bursts.

  • Nutritional Pointers:
    • Taller Players:
      • High protein intake.
      • Adequate calcium for bone health.
    • Shorter Players:
      • Carbohydrates for energy.
      • Lean protein sources.