Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

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 an Associate Professor in Sports Physiology and Chair of the Master of Sport and Exercise Science. He is also Head of Academy Performance and Sport Science at Melbourne Victory FC.

He has a bachelor and master 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 the prestigious Endeavour Europe Award.

In 2011 Fabio was a recipient of a Joao Havelange Research Scholarship, awarded by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES).

Fabio has obtained over $100,000 in external research funding as chief investigator, including grants from FIFA, UEFA, and individual clubs, and contributed as associate investigator to IHES receiving $850,000 funding, primarily from FIFA and Football Federation Victoria.


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

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Sella, F. S., McMaster, D. T., Serpiello, F. R., & La, Torre. (190101). Match analysis in Rugby Union: Performance indicators of Rugby Championship and Super Rugby teams. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 59(8), (1306-1310).

doi: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.08448-7

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

2012 Serpiello, F. R., McKenna, M. J., Bishop, D. J., Aughey, R. J., Caldow, M. K., Cameron-Smith, D., & Stepto, N. K. (120501). Repeated sprints alter signaling related to mitochondrial biogenesis in humans. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(5), (827-834).

doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318240067e

2011 Serpiello, F. R., McKenna, M. J., Stepto, N. K., Bishop, D. J., & Aughey, R. J. (110401). Performance and physiological responses to repeated-sprint exercise: A novel multiple-set approach. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 111(4), (669-678).

doi: 10.1007/s00421-010-1687-0

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.

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

Safety, validity and reproducibility of performance and tracking systems Testing
From: FIFA
Other investigators: Prof Robert Aughey, Prof Samuel Robertson, Dr Kevin Ball, Dr Grant Duthie, Dr Matthew Varley
For period: 2016-2017
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Completed supervision of research students at VU

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

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
PhD (2) Principal Supervisor supervisor
PhD Integrated (1) Associate 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