I want to help you easily understand the basic aspects of periodization in football. In this article I will answer the following key questions:

1. What is periodisation and what is its use in football training?

2. How do you divide time into periods: months, weeks, terms?

3. Objectives to achieve in each period.

4. In what order will we work on what we have decided to do?

5. When are we going to work on which contents?

6. Finally I provide a real example of a periodisation plan that I have med for a youth team.

If you want to know how to pose periodisation training for your football team, read this article.

I'd like to help you design and organize your training sessions. Show you the way I do it, give you tips and suggestions that you can easily and effectively use. When designing a training session these are the questions I usually answer:

How much time do I have? How many players? What level? What do I want to achieve with get my intervention? What content will I apply? What methodology? What material resources do I need? How do I know if they are achieving the objectives? What changes could be introduced to improve the activities? What could be the problem? How can I avoid possible issues? How do I organize activities? How much time should I apply for each of them? What do I do if the activity does not work or if it becomes monotonous or boring? Etc…

To be able to make a balanced plan, we must know the parameters that make a session simpler or more complex.

Knowing this, it will be easier to put them in sequence in an efficient and logical way for maximum performance, to avoid training injuries.

The training load can be defined as a set of exercises, that stimulate the organism, causing an alteration to it.

To define a training load, it is necessary to answer the following questions:

How much?  At what rate? How?  How long is recovery?  How often?

For example running 2 kilometres, is a training load. So is doing 2 sets of 3 repetitions lifting 30 kilograms on a quads bench at maximum speed, recovering five minutes between each set, performing 3 multi – hops and stretching the required muscles to finish.

Planning the football training: Volume and Intensity

In this introductory article I will present the master lines and create an overview, from where we can get into more detail about the more complex and specific parts of the process. The sketch of a traditional and very simple model that you can use with junior and youth players.

What is the planning of sports training?

Planning is to complete the structures or temporary cycles produced in the periodisation with training sessions. As we saw in periodisation, we have to achieve different goals through the work on content. These were selected and sequenced in a logical order. Now in the planning phase we will explain what will be done in each cycle, sessions will be developed at all times for achieving the goals we set in periodisation.

I will explain how to perform a step by step plan. However it is very complex and I would need many more articles.

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