Training Methodology:
Structuring your training week: Coaching process

ISSPF Article

The coaching process has been previously described as a complex concept, however, recently it has been down within simple cycles such as planning, execution, analysing & adapting.

“…..We play together, with energy and character, and we do the same training. The way we play is just a consequence of how we train….”
Zinedine Zidane


From a team sport perspective the concept known as session design within the planning stage is key to the development of both individuals & teams. Irrespective of whether you play one or two fixtures per week, the physical & psychological demands of training combined with an intensive competitive schedule is of fundamental importance when planning a training plan.

If the planning strategy is incorrect and leads to a combination of high fatigue levels & low ‘freshness’ amongst the players or athletes, it can be counter-productive not only to performance levels when it matters, but also detrimental to player health and wellbeing increasing the risk of injury. Applying a detailed and disciplined tapering & periodisation schedule to training and competition to allow players or athletes to maximally prepare for, but also recover from the demands of the sport is paramount. ISSPF are here to expose to you to a bespoke online soccer coaching education providing numerous online football coaching courses, & online football coaching certifications in order to boost your capability as soccer or football coaches as well as support staff.


As we know from the current climate within team sports, player fatigue is a natural and expected result of any soccer training and competition due to the length of the season & the fixture congestion periods that appear with greater success. From a team sport perspective, intensive competitive games generally lead to acute fatigue characterised through declines in physical performance, increased muscle damage & lack of mobility & strength across the 48-72 hrs period post-match.

    TRAININg tapering

    Training taper or tapering has many definitions & understandings but if you look into the concept in detail and apply it to both individual or team sports, you will see not only the sense of it from an academic perspective, but also through performance & results

      “if you get the taper correct and tick all the boxes from a tactical, physical & psychological perspective, it’s the difference between good & bad performance….winning or losing…”

        Tapering was initially bought into more commonly for athletes competing in a one-off event such as an Olympic event where the build-up to peak once or twice per year, or more individual based sports where you can periodise and apply a taper for the main event, however this has recently become one of the key areas in football education and research assisting in the development of top class coaching methodologies & game model progressions.

        The bespoke courses developed by ISSPF Faculty members are a way of further exposing sport science students, coaching individuals working within the game & other soccer science & performance coaching enthusiasts with a thirst to develop further.

        The link below will take you to the hugely popular & expertly designed ISSPF endorsed, & accredited Physical Training & Soccer Methodology online sport science course, which has been described as one of the best online course for further developing & adding to football coaching qualifications, where you will be exposed to football science research and practical examples used within the game. 


        Why is this course important?

        • Provides most efficient training methods and detailed insights into developing player fitness alongside tactical strategies & developing a training methodology
        • Gain a better understanding how to maximise development & preparation of players in a more efficient & contemporary game model approach
        • Learn how to balance key training elements from a technical, tactical & physical preparation in order to attain peak performance
        • Practitioners & coaches can only benefit themselves & their players further by a more in-depth knowledge of physical training & soccer methodology
        • Help maximise your decision making through a better understanding & appreciation of tapering & soccer periodisation


        Who is this course for?

        • Coaches, trainers, and other serious individuals tasked with the responsibility for the training, preparation, rehabilitation & coaching aspects of both individual athletes or team sports
        • Individuals with an interest in developing knowledge in the preparation, training & development of footballers or soccer players


        Outline of the Physical Training & Soccer Methodology course:

        Module 1: The appliance of science – tapering & periodisation in team sports 
        Lecturer: Dr. Adam Owen

        Module 2: Soccer specific monitoring: Weekly microcycle, planning and performance 
        Lecturer: Dr. Dawid Golinski

        Module 3: Game model building & development: Reinterpreting Tactical Periodisation 
        Lecturer: Alejandro Romero-Caballero

        Module 4: Individualised Periodization in a Soccer Team: A working model
        Lecturer: Jarred Marsh

        Module 5: An integrated approach to soccer training: Developing a working model
        Lecturer: Efthymios Kyprianou

        Module 6: Carbohydrate requirements of soccer players: Implications for periodisation
        Lecturer: Dr. Liam Anderson

        Module 7: Integrating Physical & Tactical Periodisation in Soccer: Senior & Youth levels
        Lecturer: Hamish Munro

        Module 8: Maximal intensity conditioning periods in soccer: Physical vs. Tactical strategies
        Lecturer: Dr. Miguel Angel Campos Vazquez

        Module 9: Preparing the modern soccer player: Training session design
        Lecturer: Dr. Adam Owen

        Module 10: Competitive soccer training microcycle: Structure & justification 
        Lecturer: Dr. Manuel Segovia



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        All these frequently asked questions will be answered & further information provided within our ISSPF online physical training & soccer methodology courses – we look forward to seeing you there!


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