How to Physically Develop an Elite Soccer Player: Ages 8-16

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  • ISBN: 9781911320098

    Cost: £8.99

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    How to physically develop and elite soccer player: Ages 8-16 provides a comprehensive explanation of all the key topics associated with developing the physical qualities required to succeed at the elite level of soccer, whilst concluding with practical examples of how to utilise this information with easy to follow age specific training drills.

    Matteo and Jeff pioneered the use of growth and maturation testing as a developmental training tool within the English Academy system, which has gone on to influence the game considerably in recent years. Using their experience working with some of the best young talent in the country, they have devised a long-term physical development plan which will help to prepare a player for the physical demands required from elite soccer.

    The first of its kind, this book not only uses scientifically backed research, but translates this key information into coach friendly language, making it appropriate for elite level academy coaches, amateur academy teams, parents and budding young soccer players alike.


Mark Armitage, English FA Consultant

 “Matteo and Jeff are excellent practitioners who have developed their skills working with some of the most talented young football players in the country. This book will be a superb resource for those wishing to develop the physical qualities of future players whether that be grass roots or elite.”

Jake Hesketh, Southampton FC Footballer

“Matteo and Jeff have provided a fantastic resource for training young footballers with this book. I myself have undertaken drills and exercises from the book, which helped me to optimise my physical development and make it to the elite level”

Nick Harvey, English FA Physical Performance Coach

“Jeff and Matteo have succeeded in providing a very thorough yet simple and concise reference for those involved in the development of young soccer players. Whilst it is crucial for young players to be exposed to the right training stimulus at the right time in their development, it is also crucial for a fun and stimulating environment to ensure the love of ‘playing’ the game remains paramount. The drills and exercises shown in the book will certainly help achieve this balance.”

Dr Sean Cumming, Lead Scientist in Premier League Growth Study & Senior Lecturer for Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath

“This is an excellent text for those looking to gain a better understanding of physical development and its implications in youth football. The information, examples, and guidance provided in this book are based upon sound scientific principles and ideal for the coach working with the developing athlete.”