ABSTRACT: SOCCER IS CHARACTERIZED AS A HIGH-INTENSITY, INTERMITTENT, CONTACT TEAM SPORT THAT REQUIRES A NUMBER OF PROFICIENT PHYSICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL CAPABILITIES TO PERFORM SUCCESSFULLY. APART FROM THE NECESSARY TECHNICAL AND TACTICAL SKILLS REQUIRED, SOCCER PLAYERS MUST ALSO DEVELOP AND RETAIN A HIGH LEVEL OF AEROBIC AND ANAEROBIC CONDITIONING, SPEED, AGILITY, STRENGTH, AND POWER. THESE ARE BEST DEVELOPED THROUGH HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING, SMALL-SIDED GAMES, REPEATED SPRINTS, COACHED SPEED AND AGILITY SESSIONS AND STRENGTH AND POWER-BASED GYM SESSIONS. SOCCER COACHES AND STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACHES MUST WORK COHESIVELY TO ENSURE A STRUCTURED AND EFFECTIVE PROGRAM IS ADHERED TO.
1London Sport Institute, Middlesex University, London, England, United Kingdom; and
2Queens Park Rangers Football Club, London, England, United Kingdom
Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.
Anthony N. Turner is a Strength & Conditioning Coach and the Programme Leader for the MSc in Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University.
Perry F. Stewart is the Head of Academy Sport Science and Medicine at Queens Park Rangers Football Club and a part time lecturer in Strength and Conditioning at the London Sport Institute, Middlesex University.