Physical and Energetic Demand of Soccer: A Brief Review

Filippo Dolci, Nicolas H. Hart, Andrew E. Kilding, Paola Chivers, Ben Piggott, Tania Spiteri

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Soccer is a complex and exhaustive team-sport requiring a high level of tactical, technical, and physical ability to succeed. During a competitive match, a random combination of explosive and powerful activities, together with technical and tactical gestures, is performed in an intermittent manner over a 90-minute game. This review presents a detailed analysis and up-to-date synthesis of the literature describing activities and energy system contribution during soccer to provide to strength and conditioning coaches a clear understanding of soccer players' physical needs during competition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Energy systems
  • Physiology
  • Endurance parameters
  • Energy contribution
  • Aerobic fitness


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