Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Applied sports science
  • Sports physiology
  • Sports technology
  • Football
  • High-intensity intermittent exercise

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Fabio Serpiello

Fabio is a Professor of Sport and Exercise Science and Chair of the Master of Sport and Exercise Science.

He has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Milan, Italy, and has also studied at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), and the University of Verona (Italy). He joined Victoria University in 2008 as a PhD student, funded by a prestigious Endeavour Europe Award.

Fabio has obtained over $200,000 in external research funding as chief investigator, including grants from FIFA, UEFA, and individual clubs, and contributed as associate investigator to IHES receiving $1m+ funding. He has also been recipient of a Joao Havelange Research Scholarship, awarded by FIFA and the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES).

His leadership in higher education curriculum development has seen the creation of innovative programs such as the Graduate Certificate in Performance Analysis (Football) and recently the Graduate Certificate in Strength and Conditioning in partnership with the Western Bulldogs FC.

As a scholar always connected with the industry, Fabio has been the inaugural Head of Academy Sport Science at Melbourne Victory Football Club, Chair of ESSA’s Sport Science advisory group, and he is currently a Board Director at VicSport.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Victoria University, Australia, 2012
  • MSc, University of Milan, Italy, 2007
  • BSc, University of Milan. Italy, 2005

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Serpiello, F. R., & Hopkins, W. G. (210301). Convergent validity of cr100-based session ratings of perceived exertion in elite youth football players of different ages. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 16 (443-447).

doi: 10.1123/IJSPP.2020-0047

2021 Illa, J., Fernandez, D., Reche, X., & Serpiello, F. R. (210212). Positional Differences in the Most Demanding Scenarios of External Load Variables in Elite Futsal Matches. Frontiers in Psychology, 12

doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.625126

2019 Naidu, S. A., Fanchini, M., Cox, A., Smeaton, J., Hopkins, W. G., & Serpiello, F. R. (190301). Validity of session rating of perceived exertion assessed via the CR100 scale to track internal load in elite youth football players. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 14(3), (403-406).

doi: 10.1123/ijspp.2018-0432

2018 Oppici, L., Panchuk, D., Serpiello, F. R., & Farrow, D. (181101). The influence of a modified ball on transfer of passing skill in soccer. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 39 (63-71).

doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.07.015

2018 Oppici, L., Panchuk, D., Serpiello, F. R., & Farrow, D. (180809). Futsal task constraints promote transfer of passing skill to soccer task constraints. European Journal of Sport Science, 18(7), (947-954).

doi: 10.1080/17461391.2018.1467490

2018 Serpiello, F. R., Hopkins, W. G., Barnes, S., Tavrou, J., Duthie, G. M., Aughey, R. J., & Ball, K. (180803). Validity of an ultra-wideband local positioning system to measure locomotion in indoor sports. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(15), (1727-1733).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1411867

2018 Serpiello, F. R., Duthie, G. M., Moran, C., Kovacevic, D., Selimi, E., & Varley, M. C. (180701). The Occurrence of Repeated High Acceleration Ability (RHAA) in Elite Youth Football. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 39(7), (502-507).

doi: 10.1055/a-0608-4738

2017 Oppici, L., Panchuk, D., Serpiello, F. R., & Farrow, D. (170814). Long-term practice with domain-specific task constraints influences perceptual skills. Frontiers in Psychology, 8(AUG),

doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01387

2017 Serpiello, F. R., Cox, A., Oppici, L., Hopkins, W. G., & Varley, M. C. (170102). The Loughborough Soccer Passing Test has impractical criterion validity in elite youth football. Science and Medicine in Football, 1(1), (60-64).

doi: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1254810

2014 Serpiello, F. R., McKenna, M. J., Coratella, G., Markworth, J. F., Tarperi, C., Bishop, D., Stepto, N. K., Cameron-Smith, D., & Schena, F. (140901). Futsal and continuous exercise induce similar changes in specific skeletal muscle signalling proteins. International journal of sports medicine, 35(10), (863-870).

doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1367045

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Load inside and outside academy training in the context of maturation
From: Melbourne Victory Football Club
For period: 2023-2026
$238,338

Integrating physical and tactical analysis in indoor sports
From: Victorian Institute of Sport
For period: 2022-2023
$39,400

Validation of Kangatech KT360
From: Kangatech Pty Ltd
Other investigators: Prof Robert Aughey, Dr Kevin Ball, Prof Samuel Robertson
For period: 2021-2021
Not disclosed

FIFA EPTS Phase 2: Data Collection and Vision Kit Analysis
From: FIFA, Catapult Sports Pty Ltd, Track160 Ltd, Hawk-Eye Innovations, Second Spectrum Inc, Instat Limited, Fitogether Inc, Footovision, Acronis International GMBH SWITZERLAND, Sportlogiq Inc Canada
Other investigators: Prof Robert Aughey, Dr Kevin Ball, Prof Samuel Robertson
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
Tactical and Physical Load in Elite Netball
From: Netball Victoria
Other investigators: Dr Kevin Ball
For period: 2018-2022
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Principal supervisor
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Integrated Associate supervisor
1 PhD Integrated Principal supervisor
2 Master of Applied Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Principal supervisor
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD Integrated (1) Associate supervisor
PhD Integrated (1) Principal supervisor
Master of Applied Research (2) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
1 PhD Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (1) Principal supervisor

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Feb 2019 - Feb 2022
Member and Chair
Sports Science Advisory Group to ESSA
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2019 - Feb 2022
Member and Chair
Sports Science Advisory Group to ESSA

Professional memberships

  • Accredited Exercise Scientist, Exercise & Sports Science Australia