Certificate in Periodisation Planning for Football


This certificate looks at how best to prepare and plan the yearly training and competition programme. We study various forms of periodisation methods and lead the coach to implement the best practice in relation to his or her situation.

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This certificate looks at how best to prepare and plan the yearly training and competition programme. We study various forms of periodisation methods and lead the coach to implement the best practice in relation to his or her situation.

  • Certificate introduction – 4 PDF documents
  • Resource notes
  • A total of 24 lectures in PDF format, available to download and print
  • 3 multiple-choice activities

Introduction to Periodisation Planning for Football

This certificate course content covers planning and periodisation in general and how to apply it to your chosen sport – men or women’s football.

 The certificate aims to make the coach aware that appropriate programming is necessary for improving performance but it is also essential for reducing the risk of injury to the athletes/players in general. Over training or incorrect training programming can be a contributing factor to many injuries in young athletes. When developing a season or annual training plan for young athletes, there is a very basic process that can be followed to ensure that consideration is taken to minimise many of the factors which could bring about injuries.

This course starts by examining the history of periodisation and how this important aspect of coaching has developed. The concept of planning has existed for many years but the greatest influence has come from Eastern Europe and so it is important that we examine the language of periodisation. In many ways it is a language of its own. We then follow up by delving into the basic principles behind the concept of planning and periodisation in sports coaching.

The course then turns our attention to the physiological and scientific basis, background and rationale for periodisation. This includes the objectives that are necessary for producing a yearly plan, the over-training syndrome and how it can assist the development of the young player. It must be accepted that an annual training programme is necessary to maximize performance. The main objective of training is to reach a high level of performance at a given time, usually the main competition of the year, based on correct development of athletic shape.

For this reason, the course introduces us to some of the classical periodisation models which have been used to good effect over the years. This is to ensure that you, the coach, become familiar with the many various ways to achieve the annual training and performance goals by manipulating the training process in a positive and beneficial manner. This section concludes by introducing us to a modern version of planning which is referred to as “The Team Sports Periodisation Model”.

At this stage it must be recalled that the initial plan was designed for individual sports, and so it is important that we are aware that adjustments need to be made for the team sports player. This leads to a very interesting topic called the limitations of periodised planning. As the original concept was used solely for the planning of development, recovery and adaptation of strength development and performance in weight lifting mainly, this naturally poses conflicting demands on the whole concept.

Like most sports, football demands that several components of fitness are developed simultaneously. In order to ensure that this objective can be attained, we look at the part that recovery, downloading and tapering of training can contribute to the interests of team sports and thus bring reality to the notion of planning. In this regards the importance to sequence the components of fitness in training is important. In one training unit the emphasis can be on one component, while in the next unit focus can be on a different component and thus team training can be progressed positively.

An important aspect of solid planning is the ability of the coach to monitor individual player’s workloads to ensure that the outcome is progressive. To this end we look at the scientific support for our theories and present you with the opportunity to evaluate the whole concept of periodisation and planning.

During the first few weeks of study the content will have a theoretical basis but, later, the course will change tack and we will outline a clear plan for you to design and plan effective yearly training for your team.

 The first step is how to design the type of plan which will suit your sport and suit your environment – level and skill of the players, fitness needs for the standard of play etc. All of these and more must be considered to help you decide on the type of plan you need. The certificate looks at the pre-plans tasks that you have to consider, helps you tick as many boxes as possible before making out the actual yearly work-load and plan. Finally we end up looking at the sport of football and how best to design a plan for the sport.


To complete the Certificate, we introduce coaches to the important concept of recovery and the important part it plays improving performance and in achieving success. We look at a series of recovery strategies and evaluate them all – even down to the part played by sleep in the strength and conditioning process. We hope you will take a keen interest in this section. 


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