Advanced Certificate in Strength & Conditioning for Soccer Performance

The ISSPF online Advanced Certificate in Strength & Conditioning for Soccer Performance course has been designed and executed to add the science behind the actual practitioner and coaching knowledge for fitness, medical or other support staff working with soccer players. This course provides even further depth into the coaching science aspects of strength & conditioning.

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In This Course You Will Learn:

  • Maximal intensity conditioning periods in soccer: Physical vs. Tactical strategies
  • Understanding injury prevention and rehabilitation in soccer
  • LTAD – Training Design & Application in Youth Development
  • Biomechanical considerations within soccer: PerformanceLAB ‘strength & movement principles’ Part B
  • Peak velocity exposure in soccer: To sprint or not to sprint?
  • Strength & Conditioning: A current understanding
  • Nutritional optimisation of recovery and adaptation in elite soccer
  • A multi-modal approach to quantifying external load in soccer
  • Soccer specific game based training: The physical returns
  • Application & monitoring post-training & match recovery strategies in soccer

LEARNING PACE

SELF-PACED COURSE

COURSE LANGUAGE

ENGLISH

ACADEMIC & CLUB PARTNERS

We work in association with respected clubs and academic institutions

Course Modules

Each on-demand lesson is delivered by an elite-level coach and contains the soccer-specific knowledge, techniques and strategies that you can apply to your training sessions and match day plans.

TRAINING ENVIRONMENT - PART A

Delivered by Dr. Miguel Angel Campos Vazquez campos_Badge

In this module, you’ll learn about the contrasting approaches of physical versus tactical strategies during maximal intensity conditioning periods in soccer.

Delivered by Alex Segovia VilchezAlex Segovia Vilchez

In Module 3, you’ll look at how to apply a LTAD training framework and develop knowledge on Complex Dynamic Systems. You’ll also explore the science behind a soccer specific LTAD model.

Delivered by Efthymios KyprianouEfthymios Kyprianou

In this module, we delve into the debate of Peak Velocity Exposure in soccer, tackling the question: “To sprint or not to sprint?” You’ll explore the importance of sprinting in match play and its effects on player performance and injury risk. We’ll examine the latest research and practical strategies for safely integrating high-velocity sprints into training, balancing the need for speed with the imperative of injury prevention. By understanding when and how to incorporate sprinting drills, you’ll be equipped to make informed decisions that optimize your players’ peak speed capabilities while maintaining their overall health and longevity in the sport.

Delivered by Dr. Berni Guerrero<berni guerro

This module, “Strength & Conditioning: A Current Understanding,” provides an in-depth look at the fundamentals of strength and conditioning in soccer, focusing on the balance between general and specific strength, the importance of strength in soccer-specific actions, and the critical context for designing impactful training programs. It offers insights on harmonizing overall physical development with specialized exercises to improve crucial soccer skills within the sport’s distinctive tactical and environmental framework.

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“Soccer-Specific Game-Based Training: The Physical Returns” explores the benefits of customized training games in meeting soccer’s performance demands and enhancing player skills. The module emphasizes the critical design phase of training sessions for maximizing game-based training effectiveness. It also addresses methods for monitoring these strategies within soccer to secure the best physical outcomes from such training approaches.

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In module eleven, we’ll dive into understanding what recovery entails in the context of soccer, including its significance for match day scenarios. We’ll explore various strategies to enhance recovery post-training and matches, and discuss the importance of monitoring these recovery processes to optimize player performance and well-being.

juan carlos devia ramos_badgeDelivered by Dr. Juan Carlos Ramos

This module delves into injury prevention and rehabilitation in soccer, covering injury definitions, their frequency and localization, underscoring the significance of prevention, designing training programs to lower injury risk, and exploring rehabilitation’s crucial role in facilitating a return to play.

Delivered by Dr. Alessandro Lonero

In this module, we delve into the debate of Peak Velocity Exposure in soccer, tackling the question: “To sprint or not to sprint?” You’ll explore the importance of sprinting in match play and its effects on player performance and injury risk. We’ll examine the latest research and practical strategies for safely integrating high-velocity sprints into training, balancing the need for speed with the imperative of injury prevention. By understanding when and how to incorporate sprinting drills, you’ll be equipped to make informed decisions that optimize your players’ peak speed capabilities while maintaining their overall health and longevity in the sport.

Delivered by Hamish Munrohamishmunro_badge

This module focuses on Strength Development in Soccer within the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework, highlighting strength training as essential for performance enhancement and injury prevention across all player levels. You’ll explore age-appropriate protocols for safely building young athletes’ physical resilience, integrating strength conditioning principles to establish a robust foundation for player development. This approach ensures players can meet competitive soccer demands and progress through LTAD stages effectively.

Delivered by Dr. Eirini ManthouDr. Erin Manithou

In “Nutritional Optimization for Recovery and Adaptation in Elite Soccer,” this module examines the pivotal role of nutrition in elite soccer players’ recovery and adaptation. It outlines strategies to effectively fuel athletes, aiming to boost post-game recovery, facilitate physiological adaptation, and sustain optimal performance throughout the season.

Delivered by Dr. Adam OwenDR. ADAM OWEN

Module Ten explores the integration of tailored training games to enhance soccer performance and meet competitive demands. It delves into designing effective training sessions and emphasizes monitoring methods to maximize the physical benefits of game-based strategies, ultimately aiming to bolster player capabilities through targeted, dynamic approaches.

GAME ENVIRONMENT - PART B​

Delivered by Jyri Niemenen

In Module 1, you’ll look at scanning & field information, game references & decision making processes. You’ll also explore tactical understanding, training the player and structuring the content.

Delivered by Ivan KovčićIvan Kovčić goalkeeper coaching

In Module 3, you’ll look at both team and individual development whilst also learning more about isolated and integrated training. You’ll also discover how to detect problems with references and implement specific content.

Delivered by Andy Quy

In Module 5, you’ll look into the demands of the Goalkeeper during set-plays including the key physical components, training and specific power development.

Delivered by Ivan KovčićIvan Kovčić goalkeeper coaching

In Module 7, you’ll look at specific soccer language and quality goalkeeping actions You’ll also look at in-training and opponent analysis, finding out how to be ready to adapt and develop.

Delivered by Matt NewtonMatt Newton football

In Module 9, you’ll look at the physical competencies of the Goalkeeper and injury epidemiology & etiology. Find out how to assess injury risk and strength and condition your programme.

Delivered by Lee Baxter

In Module 2, you’ll look at the key principles & objectives of a Goalkeeper coach. Find out more about the ‘Keepers Corner’ – a holistic approach and how to manage your working process and surroundings.

Delivered by Fabian Otte

In Module 4, you’ll look at goalkeeper skill & performance training research, findings and discussion. Find out which specific match warm up phases to use and why.

Delivered by Dr. T-EckenTanja Ecken

In Module 6, you’ll look at the importance of resilience & adversity in high-performance soccer. Find out how to use the resilience framework and how to avoid negative performance.

Delivered by Andy Quy

In Module 8, you’ll look at the demands of the Goalkeeper during set-plays. Explore the key physical components, functional training and primary movements.

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All ISSPF courses are developed and delivered by a faculty of elite coaches who work at the highest levels of the game, spanning every continent and all FIFA Confederations

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Steve McClaren

Manchester Utd

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“This is by far the most innovative style of learning that I’ve seen in this digital era. The breadth of topics covered, combined with the level of detail and insights makes this a must learning environment for any coach who is working or wants to get into the game and progress to the highest levels.”

Manchester Utd, Middlesborough, FC Twente, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, England

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Ringo Wu

AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate

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“ISSPF have managed to provide our soccer coaching staff within our college team with a 1st class opportunity to learn & apply some key performance coaching aspects. The opportunity to personally develop & track the staff’s progress through their assisted e-learning process is very impressive. I highly recommend the content as a must for all individuals tasked with the development of soccer players across all levels of the game.”

Head of Physical Education & Sport, Nanwai Kings College Soccer Team, Jinkai District, Jiangsu, China
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Kari Ukkonen

UEFA Professional License

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“Working with ISSPF as an educational partner has allowed us here at the Football Association the chance to provide CPD and continue to educate our coaches across a wide range of learning levels from our UEFA foundation levels through our UEFA Professional Licence. Offering our candidates, the chance to use both the ISSPF platform & specific soccer courses, is a huge advantage to us as an education provided within the game” 

Head of Coach Education, Football Association of Finland, UEFA, Helsinki, Finland
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Vin Blaine

CONCACAF

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“An experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the soccer industry & having developed across a range of sports psychology, match analysis, player development, and sports management – I feel the opportunity to integrate the e-learning facility available from ISSPF into as a federation, club or individual self-development level is of huge benefit. As a FIFA & CONCACAF Instructor & Director of Football I have rarely seen an educational tool as good as this to positively influence individuals across a range of key soccer topics.” 

Director of Football & Coach Education, US Virgin Islands Soccer Association, FIFA Coach Educator, US Virgin Islands
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Leo Lucas da Silva

Level-2 License

REVIEWS FROM PROFESSIONAL COACHES

“Using the ISSPF learning facility has opened my eyes to the detail and incredible knowledge provided from an elite faculty of elite coach developers and soccer science educators. As an individual who continually wants to progress my coaching pathway, I think this might be the best solution to increase my awareness of all elements of the game. The large amount of content and lectures available has already, and will continue to improve me. Gaining the Foundation Certificate in Soccer Science & Performance was extremely to me.”

Youth Academy Coach, Botafogo de Futebol, Brazil
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Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United

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Sports science, without question is the biggest, most important change in my lifetime. It has moved the game onto another level that maybe we never dreamt of all those years ago. Sports science has brought a whole new dimension to the game.”

Aberdeen, Manchester United

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Oriol Gonzales

UEFA Professional License

REVIEWS FROM PROFESSIONAL COACHES

“Living abroad to work as a soccer coach has its difficulties in terms of coach education provision due to travel and time commitments. Being able to access the ISSPF platform has allowed me not only to maximise my spare time from a self-development perspective, but we have also been able to gain certifications & qualifications as a club across all elements of the game. From our senior squad staff to the academy staff, ISSPF is a fundamental education tool for our club development strategy.”
Head Coach & Technical Director, Angkor Tigers FC, Asian Champions League, Cambodian Superleague, Cambodia
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Jingze Quan

AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate

REVIEWS FROM PROFESSIONAL COACHES

“Being able to develop the coaching staff throughout the club here in Eagles River FC is a large part of my role within the club. Having come across ISSPF and now using the e-learning platform for our English-speaking Chinese coaching, and medical staff we have been able to improve our focus and upgrade some key elements within the organisation. As a large grassroots club here within the province, we feel using ISSPF as an educational partnership is of huge benefit”
Director of Youth Development Coaching, Eagles River FC, Yanbian, Jilin, China
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Woody Jacobs

SAFA Level 1 Diploma

REVIEWS FROM PROFESSIONAL COACHES

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Assistant Manager & Coach Developer, Namibian National Soccer Association, Namibia
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Susan Lockyear

FFA Advanced Coaching License

REVIEWS FROM PROFESSIONAL COACHES

“As the game develops within the professional women’s game & also filters down within the girl’s academy programs across the world, we are proud to be at the forefront of driving the developmental aspects of the game in this area. To be able to link as an educational partnership with ISSPF is a huge part of our federation soccer development strategy, and as we can now offer a range of online content, certification qualifications and courses from a range of leading professionals – we have already seen a direct enhancement across our coaching content and performance department delivery.”

Head Coach & Technical Director, Canberra State County FA, Australia
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Lorenzo Francini

MSc

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As a fitness coach and sport scientist working at the elite level of the female game, I feel that ISSPF and their integration of both applied and academic quality is something that will be of huge importance for people within our industry. ISSPF have manage to accumulate a faculty of leaders across soccer science, medical & coaching science that will enable them to educate people from a very insightful and practitioning way.

Head of Performance, AC Milan, Women’s Division, Italy
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Peter McDonnell

UEFA A License

REVIEWS FROM PROFESSIONAL COACHES

“The layers of content within ISSPF is in a league of it’s on when considering CPD options for coaches of all levels. Having explored many avenues through my own coaching journey, the detail embedded in the courses really lends itself to closing the gap between the integrated knowledge across the fields of Sports Science and the actual application of the skills on the field. Being able to learn from many experts, across a global faculty, affords me the ability to step into their professional world and soak in the abundant knowledge they have, all in my own time. ”

Assistant Soccer Coach – The University of Maine
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Claudio Donatelli

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“ISSPF have been able to seamlessly provide all individuals with an interest in team sports and specifically soccer with the chance to learn from some of the best people in their key research areas. Developing throughout my career as a fitness & conditioning expert and applying the scientific principles of training at the elite level of the soccer, I feel being able to use the e-learning strategy within ISSPF challenges and adds further credibility to my working practices. I highly recommend individuals from all learning levels to tap into the fantastic resource available here. ”

Performance & Fitness Coach Italian National Team
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Tony Merola

UEFA A License

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“Never before have I seen a unique set of soccer specific performance & coaching specialists under one banner and available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to learn within the comfort of my own home. Being part of the educational partnership program with ISSPF has opened up a new & time efficient way for both myself as Technical Director, and my club coaching and fitness staff to up skill and develop as coaches.” 

Boys ECNL Director – Tulsa Soccer Club, USA
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Individuals tasked with the responsibility for the strength & conditioning, training, preparation & coaching aspects of soccer players.
  • Individuals with an interest in developing their own knowledge in the strength & conditioning, training & development of individual soccer players and teams.
  • This course is developed and structured for all individuals with an interest in developing their knowledge around the fitness, conditioning, and strength development of players in the game, students with degree level or post-degree level educations, learners with UEFA, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, AFC or other FIFA recognised coaching awards in the training & development of individual soccer players and teams.
  • Reveals the most efficient training methods and detailed insights into developing player strength & conditioning levels in accordance with nutritional, psychological and long-term development methodologies
  • Gain a better understanding how to maximise player development through the use of elite strength & conditioning techniques across a soccer specific pathway
  • Provides latest research findings, & contemporary training methods and detailed insights into strength and conditioning (S&C)
  • Highlights the practical application of modern, research-based training methods & assessment tools for strength & conditioning of soccer players
  • Provides an increased evidence & knowledge to understand key strength development & performance processes
  • Learn from industry experts in soccer science, strength & conditioning, & performance training
  • This course discusses & highlights the most efficient strength & conditioning (S&C) training methods and performance, soccer science coaching principles and detailed insights into developing performance in soccer.
  • Provides you with an increased evidence & knowledge to understand key strength & conditioning performance processes across a range of coaching science topics
  • Will enable you to discuss the most efficient S&C training methods and detailed insights into developing player fitness alongside analysis, nutritional & training methodologies
  • You will learn from industry experts in the area of football science, sport science & performance training in team sports
  • Help you to maximise your decision making through a better understanding & appreciation of football or soccer science
  • This course will help anyone interested in making better decisions when it comes to S&C coaching with individuals, groups or teams.
  • You will learn from industry experts in the areas of football science, strength & conditioning, sport science & performance training in soccer.
  • Help you to maximise your decision making through a better understanding & appreciation of S&C in soccer science.
  • ISSPF courses are not only recommended by universities and federations around the world, but they are delivered by some of the leading S&C, coaches and performance practitioners in the game providing cutting edge methods and industry overview on dealing with specific aspects of performance coaching and development
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