Background: Sprinting is the act of running over a short distance at (or near) top speed. It is used in many sports that incorporate running, typically as a way of quickly reaching a target or goal, or avoiding or catching an opponent. Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of static stretch versus dynamic stretch protocols on sprint performance in football players. Method: 45 male football players were randomly classified into 3 groups. First group was Active Static Stretch group (ASS) (n=15), second group was Passive Static Stretch group (PSS) (n=15) and third group was Active Dynamic Stretch group (ADS) (n=15). The three groups performed a standard 10-min. jogging warm-up, followed by two 20-m sprints. The 20-m sprints were repeated after subjects performed the two stretch protocols. Results: The ASS and PSS groups had a significant increase in sprint period (P<0.05), while the ADS group had a significant decrease in sprint period (p>0.05). Conclusions: It was concluded that dynamic stretching as part of a warm-up seems to increase short sprint performance, but static stretching (active & passive) as part of a warm-up may decrease sprint performance.