Sports Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 165–180 | Cite as

Endurance and Strength Training for Soccer Players

Physiological Considerations
  • Jan Hoff
  • Jan Helgerud
Review Article


Top soccer players do not necessarily have an extraordinary capacity in any of the areas of physical performance. Soccer training is largely based on the game itself, and a common recruitment pattern from player to coach and manager reinforces this tradition. New developments in understanding adaptive processes to the circulatory system and endurance performance as well as nerve and muscle adaptations to training and performance have given rise to more effective training interventions. Endurance interval training using an intensity at 90–95% of maximal heart rate in 3- to 8-minute bouts have proved to be effective in the development of endurance, and for performance improvements in soccer play. Strength training using high loads, few repetitions and maximal mobilisation of force in the concentric mode have proved to be effective in the development of strength and related parameters. The new developments in physical training have important implications for the success of soccer players. The challenge both for coaches and players is to act upon the new developments and change existing training practice.


Motor Unit Maximal Voluntary Contraction Strength Training Endurance Training Soccer Player 
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The authors acknowledge the permission from the BMJ Publishing Group to reproduce figures from the British Journal of Sports Medicine 2002; 36: 219-21. No sources of funding were used to assist in the preparation of this manuscript. The authors have no conflicts of interest that are directly relevant to the content of this manuscript.


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