Fitness training in Elite Football - Individual Development

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Organised by Jens Bangsbo and Casper Skovgaard



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The seminar “Fitness training in Elite Football - Individual Development” is related to past and present success of the work by Jens Bangsbo at Juventus & Atalanta in Serie A.

Combining scientific knowledge and best-practice, the content of the seminar will focus on topics such as individual analysis, testing and intense training as well as the use of data for individual development. There will also be plenty of opportunities to discuss other areas of interest during the days, or during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, which is all included.

During the seminar, which is developed in collaboration with fitness coaches from some of the most prestigious clubs in the world such as Paris Saint Germain, Liverpool, Juventus, Internazionale and Barcelona, we will bridge theory and practice and offer concrete procedures, exercises and tools to develop each player in the team optimally.


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The 3-day course is a unique opportunity to meet professionals that are faced by the same challenges as you. We will encourage you to discuss, share your knowledge, and grow your network to improve your coaching skills and professional impact.

The 3-day all-inclusive seminar targets fitness coaches working, or studying to work, within a football club, and we strive to include and embrace all levels of expertise within this context.

Learn New Methods
Analyze and train your players to develop yourself and your team
Practice your skills
Bridging science and practice in soccer
Share your knowledge
Join a platform where fitness coaches can gain knowledge, be inspired and build their network


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Day 1: The course starts with an introduction to individual analysis. The coaches then head to the football pitch for the first practical session – a 2x 30 min game. Followed by a theoretical session on individual analysis from the game and a presentation on testing principles. The coaches then go to the training ground for the second practical session – testing. Together with a great dinner, a summary and reflection session takes place at the end of day 1.

Day 2: The second day starts with evaluation of testing results from yesterday alongside a theoretical session on training principles. A third practical session focusing on aerobic training takes place before lunch, whereafter the participants have a theoretical session on data analysis. This is followed by a fourth practical session focusing on speed endurance training. To finish the day, there will be a team building soccer game and a big dinner.

Day 3: During the final day, the coaches participate in a theoretical session on data from testing and training. This is followed by a fifth practical session focusing on individual training. Lunch is followed by the evaluation of training including training load measures. Lastly, planning individual training during the week (theory) and individual feedback takes place.


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Jens Bangsbo

Jens is a professor at the world-renowned institute of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, and has published more than 400 original research papers and numerous books. He is considered a pioneer and world-leading expert within the area of applied physiology in soccer. He is Assistant Coach for Atalanta, and has previously worked with Juventus, AEK Athens, Antalyaspor and the Danish national team. He holds a UEFA Pro license and is a UEFA, AFC and FIFA instructor. He is the inventor of the “Yo-Yo” test – the most used test in the world of soccer – and his ability to translate scientific knowledge into practice is widely respected all over the world.

Casper Skovgaard

Casper holds a PhD from University of Copenhagen & Team Danmark, the Danish elite sports institute. He was Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Turkish Süperlig team Antalyaspor as part of the coaching staff of Leonardo. He is currently Head of Physical Performance at FC Nordsjælland in the Danish Superliga, and he has also been Head of Performance at a number of Danish clubs, including other Superliga teams Lyngby Boldklub and Vejle Boldklub. The book, "Warm-up in Football: Optimize Performance and Avoid Injuries", was authored by Jens and Casper and released in 2021.


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Jens Bangsbo and Casper Skovgaard founded SoccerFitness to bridge the gap between science and practice within fitness in soccer. SoccerFitness does this by providing consultancy and education, and by organizing workshops, conferences, and seminars.
The ambition is to create a community where coaches seek knowledge and inspiration to help improve their professional level and further their career.

3-Day course in Elche

Join a group of experts and learn about the newest scietific knowledge!
  • Admittance to the course
  • All-Inclusive accommodation
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Transportation to and from Alicante Airport


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Elche is a city and municipality of Spain, belonging to the province of Alicante, in the Valencian Community. Elche has a population of 250k inhabitants, making it the third most populated municipality in the region (after Valencia and Alicante) and the 20th largest Spanish municipality.

Part of the municipality is coastal yet the city is roughly 15 km away from the Mediterranean Sea. A small creek called Vinalopó flows through the city. Elche is the centre of the footwear industry in Spain. The main airport of the province of Alicante (Alicante–Elche Miguel Hernández Airport) is located inside Elche’s municipality, and it serves both Elche and Alicante, being the fifth-busiest airport in Spain.

Together with Alicante and other municipalities, Elche form a conurbation of some 800,000 inhabitants. The city is noted by its urban Palm Grove, designated as World Heritage Site.

*** Hotel in Elche. Exact name to be announced.


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