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At different preparation stages (summer / winter) of the teams the main goal is to improve performance. In recent years several teams are forced to devote less and less time with different theories been developed following their own philosophy.

If your players come from a transition phase of 6-8 weeks or more, it is advisable to follow 8 weeks preparation period. This of course if the requirements of your team permits it. This ensures the gradual adjustment of your players in trainining process and increase satisfactorily their physical, technical and tactical characteristics.


You can follow the plan of Figure 1 making any necessary changes in the days of friendly matches and giving day off (if desired) on the last day of the week. Just keep the general principles of the plan by putting the strength / endurance / speed training units in the form of classical periodisation as the weeks pass and giving the necessary recovery time between them. The plan only lists the fitness workouts. To this you can add freely trainings on the ''empty'' days or on the same days, in order to improve technical and tactical your players in the form of team or subteam.

1.Preparation plan of 8 weeks

What happens when, for various reasons you do your planning during the preparation to prepare players for the upcoming season and you suddenly extend?

The team has gone through all the training stages to prepare for the first match of the season by following the classical periodisation model. With enough training volume in the early stages of preparation and gradual reduction while increasing intensity.

The extension of tapering by performing in season microcycles and making friendly games acts as a double-edged knife and a maximum performance longer than 5-8 weeks is difficult to be observed. So you risk losing the benefits of good condition from the first matches.

Keep your workouts in everyday tensions 4-8mmol lactic acid with small sided games more aspiring adjustments via quick recovery from training unit to training unit. Place strength workouts with nonlinear periodisation form within microcycles looking forward to filling gaps and reduce the training volume with mainly single workouts during the week.

Unfortunately the programming that you had to be subjected needs a strong shock to begin to pay ...

Always have in your mind that the in season period holds about 8-9 months and you will need to have the best possible condition your team as long as possible ....

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