Soccer Training Load Management Course

Learn how elite coaches apply training load planning and monitoring methods to maximise the fitness, freshness & performance of their players while decreasing the risk to injury.

The aim of the Soccer Load Management Certificate is to provide coaches at all levels of the game, with the knowledge, research, practical examples and specific training load methods that they can easily apply to their own team environment.

The course covers the following key areas of training load management:

1. Player testing & monitoring
2. Injury reduction strategies
3. Weekly training microcycles
4. Planning and performance strategies
5. External & internal load monitoring

The course is comprised of the following:

 8 Training Load Lectures
 16 Hours Study Time
 Pre- & post-lecture reading references
 Multiple-choice tests
Tutor Assessed Assignment
 Certificate of Achievement

This online course has been developed with some of the most respected practitioners and academics within the game.

The focus of the course is as follows:

  • Highlighting the reasons we should monitor and assess training load in soccer
  • Introduction to the practical application of modern training load monitoring & assessment tools
  • Providing an understanding of the need to monitor players training load & minimize training ‘spikes’
  • Helping you to understand the balance between soccer related fitness, freshness & fatigue
  • Assisting in preparing players for the physical, technical & tactical demands in a safe, progressive

Who is this course designed for?
This course has been designed for beginner to advanced level coaches who work at varying levels of the game from non-professional, semi-pro up to elite level.

How long is the course?
This is a 16 hour course providing elite level techniques and strategies that you can apply to your own team environment to improve the fitness and performance of your players.

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.

What is the duration of the course?
You can access the course 24/7 for 6 months, which gives you plenty of time to complete the lectures, tests and assignment.

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.


British Virgin Islands Football AssociationAccredited by British Virgin Islands Football Association

This online course is fully accredited by the BVIFA & ensures the study hours will contribute to the achievement of a formal accreditation & BVIFA continued professional development.

The course will also be accepted towards the revalidation for the BVIFA-CONCACAF Level D-B courses.

Browse Lesson Plan

1. Soccer Player Testing & Monitoring

Delivered by Prof. Darren Paul

In this lecture you’ll explore soccer specific player testing & monitoring strategies based around real evidence. Then we’ll take a further look at coach & player considerations when it comes to monitoring, while considering the different monitoring & testing protocols possible.

2. Injury Reduction Strategies in Soccer

Delivered by Dr. Patrick Orme

In this lecture you’ll discover key injury reduction strategies used within professional soccer clubs. You will then understand the link between the physical stimulus required to keep players healthy and available to train, while learning key soccer process planning and scheduling.

3. Applications of Training Load Management

Delivered by Dr. Vasilios Kalaporthakos

In this lecture you’ll take a deeper look at the considerations and applications of training and monitoring in soccer along with the theoretical models surrounding training load management. By the end of this lecture, you will have a deeper understanding of the internal and external methods used to monitor training load in soccer players.

4. Weekly microcycle, planning & performance

Delivered by Dr. Dawid Golinski

In this lecture, we deep dive into the load monitoring methods used within the game. We will explore weekly training microcycles and specific soccer strategies for planning and performance. By the end of this lecture you will understand how you can model and implement them within your team.

5. External Load Monitoring in Soccer

Delivered by Dr. Xinji Ji

In the lecture, we will examine in detail, the role of external load monitoring processes in professional soccer. You will understand GPS tracking systems and how you can implement elite level processes within your own team environment.

6. Testing & Monitoring: Training & Games

Delivered by Dr. Berni Guerrero

Following this lecture you will understand the difference between testing and monitoring in soccer, while looking at the internal and external methodologies used by elite clubs. You’ll then explore the practical application of testing and monitoring and learn how you can implement it within your own team environment.

7. Soccer Specific Monitoring: Subjective Effort Assessment

Delivered by Dr. Dawid Golinski

This lecture further examines the subjective load analysis and discusses the RPE (Rate of Perceived Effort) assessment from a soccer specific process. We will discuss, in detail, the monitoring tools approach along with wellness monitoring and microcycle planning. During this lecture we will  integrate some of the recent literature around the acute versus chronic workload principle.

8. Competitive Soccer Training Microcycle

Delivered by Dr. Adam Owen

This final course lecture brings the appliance of science into an applied setting with a detailed case study example in elite soccer. As the flow of the course concludes, we will examine soccer specific training load management within a high-performance setting & philosophy. We will also look at specific indicators of injury reduction and risk factors from a player and coach centred perspective.

Your Soccer Training Load Management Faculty

This Certificate in Soccer Training Load Management has been developed with some of the most respected coaches, sports scientists, physical specialists, practitioners and academics working within soccer

Prof. Darren Paul

Professor Darren Paul is a Sports Scientist and Physical Performance Coach who studied at the University of Copenhagen. Professor Paul specialises in coaching principles, physiology and strength and conditioning.

Dr. Patrick Orme

Dr. Patrick Orme is the Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Bristol City Football Club and former 1st team Sports Scientist for Liverpool Football Club. Dr. Orme is responsible for pitch based physical preparation and conditioning of the 1st team squad.

Dr. Vasilios Kalaporthakos

Dr. Vasilios Kalapotharakos studied at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Physical Education & Sport Science and former Sport Scientist at Panionios F.C. Dr. Kalapotharakos specialises in coaching principles, exercise physiology and strength training.

Dr. Dawid Golinski

Dr. Dawid Goliński is a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Korona Kielce Football club. Professor Dawid Goliński studied at the University of Physical Education in Wrocław and specializes in physical fitness diagnostic, physiology and testing & monitoring. 

Dr. Xinji Ji

Dr. Xinji Ji is a Sports Science Manager (Asia) at Catapult. Dr. Ji studied at the University of Leuven and specialises in wearable technology and player tracking data applications in soccer.

Dr. Berni Guerrero

Dr. Berni Guerrero studied at the University of Granada and specialises in testing & monitoring, soccer endurance, training load management, specific-strength training; injury rehabilitation and ‘return to play’ process.

Dr. 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.

Start the Soccer Training Load Management Course Today!

Start the Soccer Training Load Management Course Today!


 16 hours study time
Tutor Assessed Assignments
Certificate of Achievement
14 day money-back guarantee

14-Day Money Back Guarantee

24/7 Support Guarantee

Improvement Guarantee

Academic & Club Partners

Amazulu FC
Finland Football Association

ISSPF Course Reviews

Luka Hoti

GNK Dinamo Zagreb

Certificate in Soccer Load Management

Just completed his course and was the proud recipient of his certificate.

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. ”