Intermediate Certificate in Soccer Nutrition

This Intermediate Certificate in Soccer Nutrition course introduces you to advanced concepts in soccer specific nutrition, providing in-depth knowledge and best practices as applied at elite clubs to maximise player performance, preparation and recovery.

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In This Course You Will Learn:

  • The required skill sets of the soccer nutritionist
  • Nutritional support for the youth soccer player
  • Soccer specific fuelling: carbohydrates
  • Nutritional periodisation
  • Soccer specific fuelling: dietary fats
  • Nutritional planning: method & strategies
  • Soccer specific fuelling: protein
  • Vegetarian & Vegan in Soccer: Part 1
  • Dietary analysis methods: a case study
  • Vegetarian & Vegan in Soccer: Part 2






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.


Delivered by Dr. Lloyd Parker

In Module 1, you will gain an understanding of what is required to be a sports nutritionist in an elite soccer environment. You will know how to build trust amongst staff and support staff, how to make some quick easy wins in an elite soccer club through nutrition and you’ll be capable of using a behavioural change model to positively enhance players behaviour towards nutrition.

Helen BauhausDelivered by Helen Bauhaus

In Module 3, you will gain an understanding of the structure and forms of carbohydrates, the basics of the carbohydrate metabolism, the role of carbohydrates in soccer, the recommendations for carbohydrates intake in soccer and you will be able to identify risks of a low carbohydrate diet in soccer.

Helen BauhausDelivered by Helen Bauhaus

In Module 5, you will be exposed to a number of topics, including the structure of fat molecules, the basics of the regulation of fat metabolism, the capacity of energy storages and substrate utilization, classification of fatty acids and recommendations for the intake of fat in soccer.

Dr. Eirini ManthouDelivered by Dr. Eirini Manthou

In Module 7, you will be exposed to the role of protein & amino acids in the human body, skeletal muscle amino acid (AA) metabolism a) fasting b) absorption & c) exercise, protein energy requirements in soccer, protein & AA supplementation for soccer performance & outcomes, protein & AA supplementation: Immunity & health-related effects in sport.

Dr. Liam AndersonDelivered by Dr. Liam Anderson

In Module 9, you will understand the timing and even distribution of protein intake & its influence in modulating protein synthesis, have an overview of a working, practical process of nutritional strategies in elite professional soccer and understand the term & employ a ‘fuel for the work performed’ process in professional soccer.

Jack ChristopherDelivered by Jack Christopher MSc

In Module 2, you will understand the key challenges along the LTAD pathway and how to develop their own nutritional support structure, understand what the end goal involves, and be able to work backwards to maximise development and be able to think critically about nutritional support during growth and maturation.

Dr. Liam AndersonDelivered by Dr. Liam Anderson

In Module 4, you will gain an understanding of the seasonal overview of training & match-play, metabolic demands & carbohydrate requirements of soccer, meal types & nutritional strategies used in elite professional soccer, fuel for the work performed – periodisation approach and nutritional periodisation in elite professional soccer.

Margarita PosadaDelivered by Margarita Posada MSc

In Module 6, you will be exposed to the nutritional assessment of soccer players, 3-key nutritional pillars: Nutrition, Hydration, Supplementation, nutritional strategies for seasonal phases (pre-season, training days and match day) and nutritional focus (training vs. competition).

Prof. Nikos KoundarakisDelivered by Prof. Nikos Koundarakis

In Module 8, you will understand the major concerns with vegan & vegetarianism diets for athletes, be able to highlight and positively influence concerns & specific considerations, understand macro & micronutrient needs & food types key to vegan & vegetarianism athletes

Prof. Nikos KoundarakisDelivered by Prof. Nikos Koundarakis

In Module 10, you will fully understand the nutritional periodisation concept, understand caloric needs and player menu ideas, be capable of periodising macronutrients within the soccer players meal plan, understand the concerns for periodisation when dealing with vegan or vegetarian players.


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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Steve McClaren

Manchester Utd


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


Ringo Wu

AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate


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Kari Ukkonen

UEFA Professional License


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Vin Blaine



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Director of Football & Coach Education, US Virgin Islands Soccer Association, FIFA Coach Educator, US Virgin Islands

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Level-2 License


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Manchester United


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UEFA Professional License


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Head Coach & Technical Director, Angkor Tigers FC, Asian Champions League, Cambodian Superleague, Cambodia

Jingze Quan

AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate


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Director of Youth Development Coaching, Eagles River FC, Yanbian, Jilin, China

Woody Jacobs

SAFA Level 1 Diploma


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Susan Lockyear

FFA Advanced Coaching License


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Lorenzo Francini



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Peter McDonnell

Peter McDonnell

UEFA A License


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Claudio Donatelli


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Performance & Fitness Coach Italian National Team

Tony Merola

UEFA A License


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

  • Individuals tasked with the responsibility for the nutritional aspects of both individual players and teams
  • Sport nutritionists with an interest of understanding more about football specific nutrition
  • People with an interest in sport nutrition & nutritional application in football
  • Individuals with an interest in developing their knowledge in the preparation, training & development of individual athletes or team sports
  • This course is developed and structured for all individuals with an interest in developing their knowledge in nutrition within 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 or team sports
  • Are you an individual tasked with the responsibility for the nutritional aspects of both individual athletes or team sports, or did you complete the ISSPF Foundation Course in Soccer Nutrition and want to take your learning further?
  • This is for you if you are an individual with an interest in developing your knowledge in the preparation, training & development of individual athletes or team sports
  • Provides you with a justification for the guiding of specific nutritional methods, interventions & decision making processes within soccer
  • Help your to understand the key energy sources required to perform repeated high intensity & explosive movements within the intermittent nature of soccer is of paramount importance
  • Gives you more information around fuelling to perform & recover from both training, competitive games is very specific across a range of levels of the game
  • Allows practitioners and coaches to benefit themselves and their players even further by having a more in-depth knowledge of nutrition, performance & recovery
  • May help you to maximise performance, reduce the risk for non-contact muscle injuries, through a better understanding of key timing of nutrients
  • Learn from industry experts in the area of football specific nutrition, sport science & sport performance training in team sports
  • Help maximise your decision making through a better understanding & appreciation of football or soccer science
  • This course discusses the most advanced and next level efficient nutritional methods and performance, sport science principles and detailed insights into developing key nutritional principles
  • Provides you with an increased evidence & knowledge to understand key soccer nutrition processes
  • Help your to understand the key energy sources required to perform repeated high intensity & explosive movements within the intermittent nature of soccer is of paramount importance
  • This course will help anyone interested in making better decisions when it comes to discussing and implementing nutritional habits or advice
  • You will learn from industry experts in the area of football nutrition and coaching science

ISSPF courses are not only recommended by universities and federations around the world, but they are delivered by some of the leading nutritional practitioners in the game which will provide some cutting edge methods and industry overview on dealing with specific aspects of performance coaching and development largely including sport nutrition.

ISSPF are continually working at accrediting all of its courses through academic and footballing institutes in order to provide even more academic currency to the learner.

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