Periodisation of football conditioning and fitness testing


Learn the key fundementals required to periodise soccer conditioning and the various fitness test and norms one can use to evalute its effectiveness

Target audience

This course is for anyone who is interested in learning how to properly condition soccer players to obtain a high level of fitness to play the game of soccer. Individuals who want to learn how to incorporate a series of fitness components into a training plan will benefit from this course. This course is also for those who want to or will be testing the fitness levels of athletes. Previous experience and knowledge is not required. 

Key target groups

  1. Fitness professionals working with a (football) team.
  2. Non-fitness professionals working with a (football) team who would like to gain an understanding as to how they can better the design of their seasonal training plan.
  3. Students interested in working with a (football) team.
  4. Individuals in the fitness industry who are interested in expanding their knowledge of programme design.

The course was well adapted and interesting to me. It had relevant and new facts and idea's which I can now use in my day to day planning. I would defiantly recommend it to other trainers!
Course content



Asset File Duration
Introduction to periodisation Animated PowerPoint MP4 Video 25 min
Introduction to periodisation Moodle book -
Theories of adaptation Moodle book -
Module 1 - Assesment Moodle Quiz -
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The need for periodisation in team sports Animated PowerPoint MP4 Video 10 min
Football-specific Physiological testing manual PDF document Preview
EMS manual and corrective programmes PDF document Preview
EMS data entry form PDF document -
EMS report format PDF document -
Automated excel for evaluation of mobility and stability Excel document -
Example of soccer report PDF document -
Video of EMS report Video 2.30 min

Video of EMS report sample

Sport specific soccer testing - part 1 Video 3.00 min
Sport specific soccer testing - part 2 Video 3.00 min
Sport specific soccer testing - part 3 Video 3.00 min
Sport specific soccer testing - part 4 Video 3.00 min
Screencast of testing report Video 2.00 min
Module 2 - Assesment Moodle Quiz -
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Applying periodisation to football conditioning Animated PowerPoint MP4 Video 10 min
Small sided games and energy systems Video 2 min
Resistance training - part 1 Video 3 min
Resistance training - part 2 Video 3 min
Resistance training - part 3 Video 3 min
Field conditioning Video 2.48 min
Module 3 - Assesment Moodle Quiz -
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Programme design Animated PowerPoint MP4 Video 12 min
Programme design Moodle book -
Periodisation and programme design (football template) Excel template -
Screencast - Periodisation annual plan Video 8 min
Screencast - Periodisation field conditioning plan Video 10 min
Screencast - Periodised resistance training plan for beginners Video 6 min
Screencast - Periodised resistance training plan for intermediate Video 6 min
Screencast - Periodised resistance training plan for advanced Video 6 min
Module 4 - Assesment Moodle Quiz -
Asset File Duration
Athlete monitoring Animated PowerPoint MP4 Video 13 min
Monitoring of training Moodle book -
Soccer Excel monitoring sheet example Excel template -
Screencast - Monitoring training Video 6 min
Module 5 - Assesment Moodle Quiz -
Asset File Duration
Special considerations for programme design Animated PowerPoint MP4 Video 5 min
Module 6 - Assesment Moodle Quiz -

What will I learn
  1. You will gain the knowledge of how a proper periodised training programme should be designed.
  2. You will receive the tools to develop your very own annual training plan based on a blueprint model.
  3. Discover how to assess a football team based on sporting requirements and athlete needs.
  4. Gain an understanding of the importance of the various phases of a season.
  5. Learn how to create a football-specific physiological testing battery.
  6. Develop the skills to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a footballer, and how to improve on the weaknesses while capitalising on the strengths.
  7. Learn how to effectively manage the training workloads throughout a training cycle.
  8. Expand on your knowledge of the importance of athlete monitoring.
  9. Learn how to make modifications to your training sessions as to address the training goals for different players.
  10. Learn how the training workloads for beginner, intermediate and advanced footballers vary.

Each module will have four multiple choice questions. Students will have unlimited attempts to answer these questions. A certificate of completion will be issued once all of the assessments have been completed.

Course description

This course has been designed for individuals who are either already involved in the fitness and sport industry or are looking to get involved. The unique design of this course makes it accessible for individuals of varying backgrounds. The course starts with an introduction to periodisation, where various aspects covered will assist in the development of a better understanding of what periodisation is, how it may benefit a player or team, and how a training programme should be constructed. This should lay a good foundation for the rest of the course, which will discuss the need of periodisation in football, how periodisation can be applied to resistance (gym-based) and field conditioning training sessions, while monitoring the footballers as to ensure that adequate recovery is afforded so that the training objectives are achieved.

The course will also cover fitness testing for football and provide normative data which will be helpful in rating players at different performance levels. Each of the modules in this course have been structured in a way as to condense the most valuable knowledge from the topic being covered without omitting any vital aspects of programme design for football. This is a time-efficient way to gain an understanding of the theory behind planing a periodised training plan for football, with the aid of examples which are provided to furthermore increase the quality of learning.

Previous experience working in the fitness/sporting environment is not required.

About the instructors

Justin Durandt

Justin Durandt is currently the Bussiness Manager of the Education Hub at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa. Justin has had the privilege of being the conditioning specialist for the South African national Cricket, Soccer, Hockey and Olympic team. In 2013 he served on the national high performance advisory for the South African Confederation and Olympic committee (SASCOC).

Justin has consulted to a number of federations on Talent Identification and Development. Justin is currently completing a Masters in talent identification and development at the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, UCT. His research interests include talent identification, development and performance. He has published several sport specific papers related to cricket, soccer, rugby and Hockey.

Rodet Yila
After playing football (at an amateur level) for several years, and acquiring BSc Exercise Science and BSc (Hons) Biokinetics degrees at the University of the Western Cape, Rodet turned his attention to working with football teams, initially as the Youth Strength & Conditioning coach of one of South Africa's prominent football academies. Rodet has since then worked with various age groups, which included differing playing levels, ranging from beginners through to advanced.

Currently an employee of the High Performance Centre of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, it is Rodet's passion for injury prevention and high performance which has contributed to the creativity in his training programme designs, which allow for the athlete's needs to be kept as the overall priority of training.


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Last modified: Monday, 21 January 2019, 3:30 PM