The Science of Training – Soccer

A Scientific Approach to Developing Strength, Speed and Endurance

By Thomas Reilly

© 2006 – Routledge

208 pages | 79 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2006-10-30
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About the Book

Physical training is a key part of preparing to play soccer (football) at any level, but organising a genuinely effective training programme requires both an understanding the physiological principles involved and a practical knowledge of the demands of the game.

This book provides clear guidelines, an evidence base and a theoretical framework for proven effective soccer training.


  • planning seasonal training to peak at the right time
  • training for strength, speed, aerobic and anaerobic fitness
  • designing appropriate sessions for training and rehabilitation
  • best methods for recovery from exercise and reducing injury risk
  • preparation for play in different environmental conditions
  • evaluating the effectiveness of training programmes
  • diet, sleep, lifestyle, young players and long-term development.

Clear explanations of the physiological concepts and sport science research evidence are given throughout, and the book contains many examples to illustrate the training principles in practice. This is an essential text for students of the game and a valuable resource for coaches, physical trainers and sport scientists working in soccer (football).

Table of Contents

1. The Training Process 2. The Football Context 3. Warming Up and Warming Down 4. Strength and Power Training 5. Aerobic Training 6. Anaerobic Training 7. Alternative Training Methods 8. Recovery from Exercise 9. Training for Different Environments 10. Evaluation of Training 11. Life-style and Long-term Development

About the Author

Thomas Reilly is Professor of Sports Science and Director of the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. He is President of the World Commission of Science and Sports, and chairs the International Steering Group on Science and Football. He was Chair of the British Olympic Association's Exercise Physiology Groupd between 1992 and 2005, and over the last three decades has worked with a number of professional soccer clubs.

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