Posts tagged with ‘Soccer’

  • Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer Part 4: Thoughts on Recovery “Mini-Block”

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 30/05/2014

    I will use this installment to share some thought on “Recovery mini-block”, which is one of four parts of microcycle: recovery, load, taper and game. I will focus on starters (see concept of functional groups in previous installments: starters, bench, reserves) and focus on one game per week, although this discussion can expand to two games per week as...

  • Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer Part 3: Mick McDermott Case-Study

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 18/05/2014

    It is great that coaches started sharing their own case studies and I urge others to share their own experiences and solutions. I am more than glad to share Mick McDermott's solution to in-season microcycle organizational problems. Mick McDermott was fitness coach for Al Ain FC for 5 years and currently works for Al Nasr FC, along with running Soccer...

  • Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer (Part 2) – Mark Williams Case Study

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/05/2014

    A friend of mine from the UK, Mark Williams was more than kind to share some of his thoughts and practical solutions with me and the readers. I want to thank Mark for taking his time to write it down and share.

  • Planning the In-Season Microcycle in Soccer Part 1: Complexity

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 12/05/2014

    One step toward that direction is solving the planning complexities of in-season microcycle in soccer (might be some other team sport as well, such as basketball, rugby, handball, hockey, football, etc). I have presented a following template and I would love to ask for your opinion or practical solution and rationale for it.

  • Fitness in Soccer [Book Review]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/05/2014

    I have finished reading Fitness in Soccer: The Science and Practical Application and I am more than pleased. The books is co-authored by 22 authors, who are respectable experts in their own domains.

  • Mike Young’s Soccer Fitness: A Science Based Approach

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/08/2012

    Just a quick heads up for the presentation slides by Mike Young who is a strength and conditioning coach for Vancouver WHITECAPS FC and the owner of the EliteTrack website. His Fit for Futbol blog is a must follow for all coaches interested in physical preparation of soccer players.

  • The Revolution of the Measurement of Metabolic Power in Soccer

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/09/2011

    The La rivoluzione della misurazione della potenza metabolica nel calcio edited by Roberto Colli, Emanuele Marra, Cristian Savoia, and Vito Azzone gave me a lot of new ideas and insights, so I decide to contact coach Roberto Sassi and ask him for a permission to publish it on my blog.

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan [Part 4]

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 15/01/2011

    It is time to put all of the info into an 8-week template. By template I mean general plan and weekly plans, but without exact loading and drills used. Organization of the training sessions, days and weeks will be highly dependent on your context (facilities, number of athletes, assistants, weather, etc), thus I will only provide models so to…

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan Part 3: Physical Preparation Sub-Components

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 14/01/2011

    For each physical sub-component it could be written a whole book, thus I will try to keep it short and direct the readers toward more info with links. I also suggest checking my Physical Preparation for Soccer manual since it covers some of this in greater detail. Physical preparation sub-components are listed in the table below (this is…

  • 8 Weeks Soccer Pre-Season Plan (Part 2)

    By Mladen Jovanovic on 10/01/2011

    Speaking of goals, what are the goals of Physical Preparation training component? That’s easy, right? Improving performance and reducing injuries. But what is improved performance and how do we judge it? To answer that we would again need to take a look at three-level analysis system.