Certificate in Soccer Nutrition

*Official University Accredited Online Course
This course provides learners with 20 academic level 4 credits

You will learn 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. Maximal intensity conditioning
9. Training session design
10. Supplements in soccer


The course provides an introduction to soccer nutrition and the fueling required to maximise player performance and recovery while reducing the risk of injuries. The Certificate in Soccer Nutrition course has been developed with some of the game’s most respected soccer nutritionists representing clubs and associations at the highest level:


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.







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  • Individuals tasked with the responsibility for the training & coaching aspects of both individual athletes or team sports
  • Individuals with an interest in developing their knowledge in the nutritional preparation, training & development of individual athletes or team sports
  • Understanding the key energy sources required to perform repeated high intensity & explosive movements within the intermittent nature of soccer is of paramount importance
  • Fueling to perform & recover from both training, competitive games is very specific across a range of levels of the game
  • All practitioners and coaches can only benefit themselves and their players even further by having a more in-depth knowledge of sports nutrition
  • May help us to reduce the risk for non-contact muscle injuries, through a better understanding of key timing of nutrients
ISSPF courses are not only recommended by universities and federations around the world, but they are delivered by some of the leading 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 physical training in a team sport environment. ISSPF are working at accrediting all their courses through academic and footballing institutes in order to provide additional academic currency to the learner.

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