What are the different phases of a football season and what should my goals be in these phases?
To create a good training schedule, you have to adapt your training based on the time of season.
Seasons run for different lengths depending on where you live. When I played in Australia I had a 5 month season with a two month pre-season, however in Europe I have a 9 month season with a 1.5 month pre season. So everyone’s different and there’s different training for different periods. I categorise my schedule into four parts:
This is the training you do before the pre-season with your team begins.
Goal: Make sure that from Day 1 of your team pre-season you’re the fittest and most ready in your team.
This is the training you’re doing with your team in order to prepare yourself for the season.
Goal: Make a great first impression, increase your match fitness and refine and tune your game and style of play.
All your preparation leads to this. Competitive games and tournaments.
Goal: Be a standout player. Reach your short-term goal. Score x goals, get most valuable player, etc.
The season has ended. After reflection, this is dedicated time to improve.
Goal: Maintain a good base of fitness and improve on your weak points.