Foundation Certificate in Soccer

The Foundation Certificate in Soccer Nutrition provides an introduction to soccer nutrition and the fueling required to maximise player performance and recovery while reducing the risk of injuries.

The Foundation Certificate in Soccer Nutrition course delivers 8 focused lectures that have been developed by some of the most respected nutritional practitioners and performance experts working within top flight soccer clubs.

This course covers the following key areas of Soccer Nutrition:

1. Soccer physiology
2. Macro & micro nutrients in soccer
3. Vitamins & minerals in soccer
4. Hydration in soccer
5. Training, match & recovery fueling
6. Nutrition & injury
7. Nutrition in female soccer
8. Supplements in soccer

The course is comprised of the following:

 8 Lectures
 16 Hours study time
 Pre- & post-lecture reading references
 Multiple-choice tests
Tutor assessed assignment
 Certificate of Achievement

The aim of this Soccer Nutrition course is to expose you to the fundamentals of nutrition for soccer players so that you can:

  • Understand the key energy sources required to perform repeated high intensity and explosive movements within the intermittent nature of soccer;
  • Understand the fueling that is is required to perform and recover from both training, competitive games across a range of levels with the game;
  • Understand how to reduce the risk for non-contact muscle injuries, through a better understanding of key nutrients.

Who is this course designed for?
This course has been designed for beginner to elite level coaches who want to understand soccer specific nutrition and the impact of player diet on performance.
How long is the course?
This is a 16-hour course providing a deep understanding and best practices that can be applied to your own team environment to maximise performance and recovery in soccer.

Is my progress logged through the course?
After each lecture there is a short multiple-choice test designed to cement your learning. You can access your test results at anytime through your course progress area.

Can I stop/pause a presentation part way through?
Yes, the course is completely flexible. You can go back to a module at anytime and continue from where you left off.

Can I take the modules in any order?
No. The course follows a set structure that must be studied in numerical order. You can only access the next module once you have completed the previous module test.

Is there a time limit on the course?
Yes. This course has a 6-month access limit. You can access the course 24/7 within this period.

Will I get a certificate to show that I have passed the course?
Yes, you will receive a pass certificate provided you have attained the minimum pass grade of 75%.

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The Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills is fully accredited with the following recognised associations and ensures the study hours will contribute to the achievement of a formal accreditation and continued professional development.

Accredited by British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA) 

The course will also be accepted towards the revalidation for the BVIFA-CONCACAF Level D-B courses.

British Virgin Islands Football Association

Browse Lesson Plan

1. Energy Balance & Body Composition
Delivered by Sam McHaffie

In this lecture you’ll explore energy demands of soccer players understanding the equation of energy expenditure to energy consumption. Body composition testing and manipulation in conjunction with energy balance, food and the basics of soccer physiology.

2. Understanding Macro & Micro Nutrients
Delivered by Dr Eirini Manthou

Macro and micronutrients are explored in detail, their sources, structure, function and availability. Additionally micronutrients, vitamins and minerals and their role in in the dietary plan are presented. The development of dietary plans and how to positively affect your players through nutritional principles is detailed.

3. Soccer Health & Wellness (Vitamins & Minerals)
Delivered by Matthew Jones

Health and wellness are vital in this lecture we examine the health and food foundations, deep diving further into vitamins and minerals as well as practical recommendations for the use of food types and plant derived nutrients.

4. Fluid Balance & Hydration

Delivered by Virginia Santesteban

In this lecture we consider the thermoregulation in physical demands of soccer and the influence of hydration status. Hydration is so important to optimal performance we’ll review the consequences of dehydration and hyperhydration. Specific beverages and examples for rehydration are detailed.

5. Training, Match and Recovery Fuelling

iDelivered by Dr. Adam Owen

In this lecture we’ll look at the soccer player diet and the importance of macronutrients, with additional emphasis on the glycemic index and carbohydrate response. This knowledge is important in fuelling strategies for maximum performance which will be provided in this lecture.

6. Maximising nutrition through injury
Delivered by Faisal Alshawa

Examine soccer specific injury characteristics and how nutrition for injury can play a important role. Nutrition can have positive and negative effects on inflammation in the recovery process so in this lecture we’ll discuss and examine this in detail. Muscle loss and the building process are covered in this lecture too.

7. Nutrition for the female soccer player

Delivered by Yasemin Batmaca

In this lecture we examine nutrition for female soccer players and the physiological challenges. Specificity in terms of macro and micro nutrients, together with dietary supplements for the female player to ensure peak performance is detailed.

8. Nutritional supplementation and ergogenic aids
Delivered by Matthew Jones

Food first, supplements second… we’ll explore the definition and application of supplements and their importance. We’ll provide a theoretical framework to help you with your decision making and safe application of supplemental interventions.

Learn with these leading experts

The Foundation Certificate in Soccer Nutrition has been developed with some of the most respected nutritionists and practitioners and academics working across some of the world’s leading soccer clubs.

Sam McHaffie

Sam McHaffie is a Performance Nutritionist for the England Football Association. Sam is also a former First Team Nutritionist for Everton FC Women’s team.

Dr Eirini Manthou

Dr Eirini Manthou Programme Leader, MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Dr. Manthou studied at University of Thessaly and University of Glasgow and specializes in nutrition, physiology and coaching principles.

Matthew Jones

Matthew Jones is a Sports Nutritionist at West Ham United FC and specialises in nutrition, physiology and injury prevention. Matthew holds an MSc (Distinction) in Nutrition Science and a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science.

Virginia Santesteban

Virginia Santesteban is the Director Of Nutrition at Real Sociedad Football Club. Virginia specialises in nutrition, physiology and hydration & recovery methods.

Adam Owen

Dr. Adam Owen studied at the University of Lyon and specialises in training methodology, session design and coaching principles. Dr. Owen is the Technical & Performance Director at Seattle Sounders FC. He has worked with everyone from Gareth Bale to Javier Mascherano.

Faisal Alshawa

Faisal Alshawa holds an MSc in Sports and Exercise combined with a B.Sc in Kinesiology and is a performance-based nutritional coach, author, and keynote speaker that helps everyday people, elite athletes, and professional sports teams optimise their physical performance by guiding their nutritional intake.

Yasemin Batmaca

Yasemin Batmaca is a Lecturer at Demiroglu Bilim University and former sport dietician for Turkish club Besiktas jk footbll academy.

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8 lectures (16-hours)
Tutor Assessed Assignments
Certificate of Achievement
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