Strength Training for Soccer
BookTailoring strength and conditioning programs for soccer requires a deep understanding of the demands of the game. Preparing players to accelerate, decelerate, change direction, and turn and jump can be a challenge.
Developed with the expertise of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Strength Training for Soccer explains the value of resistance training for soccer players. The book—backed by practical experience, evidence-based training methodologies, and research—provides a general overarching biomechanical analysis of soccer and specific analysis of the physical demands of each position: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards. Using these analyses, you can design an effective training program that translates to performance on the field. The book also offers the following:
- 10 detailed protocols to test soccer players’ strength, power, speed, agility, and high-intensity endurance capacity
- 6 total body resistance exercises with 4 variations
- 12 lower body exercises with 24 variations
- 18 upper body exercises with 45 variations
- 22 anatomical core exercises with 32 variations
- 32 sample programs for off-season, preseason, in-season, and postseason resistance training
Backed by the NSCA and the knowledge and experience of individuals who have years of experience as strength and conditioning professionals for soccer, Strength Training for Soccer is the authoritative resource for creating soccer-specific resistance training programs to help your athletes optimize their strength and successfully transfer that strength and power to the soccer field.
AudienceStrength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, or other related professionals who supervise and train athletes for soccer; also for soccer coaches with intermediate or advanced understanding of strength and conditioning concepts and applications.
Table of ContentsForeword by Tim Howard
Introduction by Bob Bradley
Part I. Principles of Sport-Specific Resistance Training
Chapter 1. Importance of Resistance Training
Garga Caserta and William E. Amonette
Chapter 2. Analysis of the Sport and Sport Positions
Chapter 3. Testing Protocols and Athlete Assessment
Ernie Rimer and Jo Clubb
Chapter 4. Sport-Specific Program Design Guidelines
Megan Young, Garga Caserta, and Matt Howley
Part II. Exercise Technique
Chapter 5. Total Body Exercise Technique
Scott Caulfield and Bryan Mann
Chapter 6. Lower Body Exercise Technique
Scott Caulfield and Bryan Mann
Chapter 7. Upper Body Exercise Technique
Chapter 8. Anatomical Core Exercise Technique
Cat Wade and Kevin Cronin
Part III. Program Design Guidelines and Sample Programs
Chapter 9. Off-Season Programming
Julia Eyre and Ivi Casagrande
Chapter 10. Preseason Programming
Daniel Guzman and Joey Harty
Chapter 11. In-Season Programming
Melissa Terry and Matt Howley
Chapter 12. Postseason Programming
About the EditorThe National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.
Daniel Guzman, CSCS, is the head performance coach for Los Angeles Football Club. He previously worked as the head performance coach for the U.S. men’s national soccer team and as the head strength and conditioning coach for the LA Galaxy. Guzman holds a master’s of science degree in leadership from John Brown University and holds certifications from the NSCA and EXOS.
Megan Young, CSCS, is the first team high-performance director for the Chicago Red Stars. Previously, Young worked for the Auburn University athletics department, where she was part of the strength and conditioning staff for 11 years. After working with the student-athletes in the baseball and football programs, Young became directly responsible for year-long programming and implementation of all strength and conditioning related activities for the women’s soccer and basketball programs. She currently holds certifications from the NSCA, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), USA Weightlifting (USAW), and USA Track and Field (USAWTF).