A constant term used by practitioners, and a key thought in a coach’s mind when designing and justifying training to the players is; “ is it game realistic” or “do we train as we play”?
Key questions to ask are;
A logical approach to coaching is that the most realistic practice design is a 11v11 game in a normal format which would therefore directly replicate the technical, tactical and physical demands of the game.
However, there must be an element of overload to provide training stimulus to the player and harbour improvement; no different to the progressive overload concept used in any training programme.
This overload can be provided through various constraints or conditions on the practice aimed to exaggerate or focus on a particular area the individual, unit or team need to improve or maintain.
This theory has resulted in extensive use of small-sided games within team training for technical, physical and tactical development.
In these practices, it is argued that players are exposed to technical and tactical topics linked to the coaches game model whilst also developing physical aspects, something traditional running or conditioning practices fail to do.
There is now a wide variety of research covering physical demands of small, medium and large sided games used in training and an increased amount of research in technical demands of such practices.
For example, from a physical perspective, GPS systems are widely used to measure external load along with heart-rate monitors (internal load). This data allows sport scientists to measure the physical output of technical and tactical based practices.
Ideally, players will match intensity and work-loads previously used in general conditioning drills however sharing the time to develop technical and tactical skills within an environment with more realistic movement patterns and decision making.
Ultimately, coaches want to cover as much as possible to prepare their team across all phases of the game so they are ready to compete in their respective match/competition.
With a limited amount of time to train and endless topics to cover, each coach must decide and balance areas they focus on which in turn shapes their coaching philosophy and playing styles within the tactical system.
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Outline of the Soccer Science & Performance Course:
Module 1: The demands of professional soccer: Physiological costs of the game
Lecturer: Dr. Vasilis Kalapthorakos (Greece)
Module 2: Developing Resilience in Soccer: Mental Skill Development
Lecturer: Dr. Nikki Crawley (England)
Module 3: Game model building & development: Reinterpreting Tactical Periodisation
Lecturer: Dr. Alejandro Romero-Caballero (Spain) Spanish Football Federation
Topic: Training Methodology
Module 4: Injury reduction strategies in professional soccer
Lecturer: Dr. Patrick Orme (England) Bristol City FC
Topic: Injury Prevention
Module 5: Leadership and Culture for High Performance Soccer
Lecturer: Maximillian Lankheit (Germany) San Jose Earthquakes FC, MLS
Module 6: Current trends in leading European soccer teams: In-Possession
Lecturer: Chris Meek (England) England Football Association
Topic: Performance Analysis
Module 7: Soccer nutrition & the role of the nutritionist
Lecturer: Matthew Jones (England) West Ham United FC
Module 8: Competitive soccer training microcycle: Structure & justification
Lecturer: Dr. Manuel Segovia (Spain) Spanish Football Federation
Topic: Training Methodology