High Performance Strategies in Modern Football Intro: A fast paced environment

A science-driven and informed decisions approach to develop a world-class performance framework

MISSION STATEMENT

Creating and developing a world-class performance framework that delivers absolute quality, attention to detail and a winning mentality in every facet of football performance.

We are committed to fostering a state-of-the-art support service that enables all players to ethically and effectively improve their health and well-being, realise their potential, maximise their performance and ultimately achieve sustainable success at the highest level of international competition.

The art of coaching and practical experience are combined with a solid and rigorous scientific approach to provide athletes with the ultimate benefits of the performance world. Our philosophy embraces the most advanced and innovative training methods and supports a wide range of services designed to ethically achieve the greatest performance gains for all players.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Making a difference in modern football

First, we look at which challenges élite clubs have to face in the modern football industry and what takes to achieve a competitive edge

High-Performance Strategy Development

Next, we examine what’s the foundation and how to implement an effective world-class high performance environment and its impacts on Return on Investment and productivity of the club

Key areas of intervention

Finally, we go through the areas of intervention necessary to build a high performance support science-driven, and how they can produce an overall improvement of the club culture.

A FAST-PACED ENVIRONMENT

Nowadays football is a fast-paced environment which is constantly evolving at any level

GAME PERFORMANCE

The physical demands of a football game increased in both intensity and volume, along with improvements in players’ technical and tactical skills

TRAINING MANAGEMENT

The training changed along the game, to enable each player to cope with their specific game requirements. The field-based training process is deeply changed since about 90% of the training time in football consists of technical drills driven by the coaching staff.

CLUB ORGANIZATION

Thanks to innovative technology the data availability and knowledge about football performance are increased, and clubs’ organisations and facilities need to evolve with that. In the team behind the team, medical and sports science practitioners are now well-established at most professional football clubs.

FOOTBALL INDUSTRY

The increasing number of games during a season results in a very busy fixtures schedule. The average wage of the players increases too, players are the real asset of the company.

A PROBLEM WORTH SOLVING

Nowadays, professionals in élite football have to make critical decisions about their players and teams in a limited time and data overload environment.

Renewing contracts, purchasing and selling players, identifying and developing talents, and choosing the official line-up are just some of the issues that clubs have to handle daily.

The wage-to-revenue ratio is 80%, and the total wage cost across Europe’s big five leagues is above € 10 billion, so football players are the club’s main asset and every choice related to them is a business choice.

Managers and coaches often rely on expertise to solve complex situations, so many critical decisions are still made based on limited information and guesswork.

Bad results

For some reason, coaches often follow the common belief that “the harder you work, the better you will perform”, resulting in an unbalanced work/rest ratio which leads to an over-trained team. By all odds, a tired player will underperform on the game day.

Player Injuries

A lack of knowledge about the training process often leads to players being over-trained, unfit and in the worst-case scenario, injured. The “UEFA Elite Clubs Injury Study” reports that every player misses an average of 0.6 matches per month, which means 150 matches missed per season by a team.

Financial Loss

It has been estimated that the average annual cost of injuries per team is 12.4 million (10-30% of the team’s wages).

✍️ Credit by Marco Savino