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%.

If you have any further questions, please Contact Us.


The Foundation Certificate in Soccer Nutrition 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

Delivered 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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10 lectures (20-hours)
Tutor Assessed Assignments
Certificate of Achievement
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Tutor Assessed Assignments
Certificate of Achievement
14 day money-back guarantee

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Reviews From Professional Coaches:

What The Pros Are Saying:

Steve McClaren

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

"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."

Claudio Donatelli


Performance & Fitness Coach
Italian National Team

“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. ”

Tony Merola

(UEFA A License)

Boys ECNL Director - Tulsa Soccer Club, USA

“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.” 

Ringo Wu

(AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate)

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

“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.”

Sir Alex Ferguson

Aberdeen, Manchester United

“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.”

Kari Ukkonen

(UEFA Professional License)

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

“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” 

Vin Blaine

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

“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.” 

Leo Lucas da Silva

(Level-2 License)

Youth Academy Coach, Botafogo de Futebol, Brazil

“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.”

Mario Cantaluppi

(UEFA A License)

Youth Academy Head Coach, FC Basel, Switzerland

“I am always looking for ways to combine coach education and professional coaching development with my full-time job within professional soccer. The time constraints are very difficult generally, but ISSPF have provided a fantastic platform to bring coach education to my own home during busy schedules. The range of topics on offer gives a broad & unique continued professional development” 

Oriol Gonzales

(UEFA Professional License)

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

“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.”

Jingze Quan

(AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate)

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

“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” 

Woody Jacobs

(SAFA Level 1 Diploma)

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

“Working as both Assistant Manager with elite players of our national team, I have been able to directly take a lot of content and thought provoking ideas from the content on view within ISSPF and use them to the benefit of our national players. Furthermore, I am delighted to say that we are now integrating the ISSPF online courses into our coach development program to uplift the whole coaching education aspects of our nation.”

Susan Lockyear

(FFA Advanced Coaching License)

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

“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.”

Lorenzo Francini


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

“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.”

Peter McDonnell

(UEFA A License)

Assistant Soccer Coach - The University of Maine
Director of Coaching - Seacoast United Maine

“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. ”