Changes in a top-level soccer referee's training, match activities, and physiology over an 8-year period: A case study

Matthew Weston, Warren Gregson, Carlo Castagna, Simon Breivik, Franco Impellizzeri, Ric Lovell

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    Abstract

    Athlete case studies have often focused on the training outcome and not the training process. Consequently, there is a dearth of information detailing longitudinal training protocols, yet it is the combined assessment of both outcome and process that enhances the interpretation of physical test data. We were provided with a unique opportunity to assess the training load, physical match performance, and physiological fitness of an elite soccer referee from the referee's final season before attaining full-time, professional status (2002) until the season when he refereed the 2010 UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup finals. An increased focus on on-field speed and gym-based strength training was observed toward the end of the study period and longitudinal match data showed a tendency for decreased total distances but an increased intensity of movements. Laboratory assessments demonstrated that VO2max remained stable (52.3 vs 50.8 mL·kg-1·min-1), whereas running speed at the lactate threshold (14.0 vs 12.0 km·h-1) and running economy (37.3 vs 43.4 mL·kg-1·min-1) both improved in 2010 compared with 2002.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-286
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
    Volume6
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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