This module is focussed on the development of talent ID methodology in Football. It will increase the graduates' ability to design and direct training sessions that are tailored to the needs of football players according to their biological age and skill level. This unit will assist the students to gain deep knowledge regarding the training tools utilised in the development of young football players, with the ultimate aim of having a holistic view of training and strength & conditioning in youth football.

This unit will be offered within a study tour as part of a 5-year partnership agreement between Victoria University and the Real Madrid Graduate School/UEM. The partnership includes different activities focussed on staff and student mobility and it extends onto other courses within the College of Sport and Exercise Science. This unit will be part of a set of two units offered in a 2-week residential period.

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SFS6005 - Monitoring Load and Recovery in Football

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map and reflect on the successful models of football player development to implement them in a plan;  
  2. Critically review and dispute new and available technologies to apply them in the development of young athletes; and  
  3. Design and evaluate specific training plans based on the performance models available for different age groups.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Oral Presentation; Implementation of plan 30%
Assignment Reflective journal aimed at crafting a theoretical plan of Talent ID 70%

Required reading

Fútbol base II: el entrenamiento en categorías de formación:
Casais, L., Dominguez, E., & Lago-Peñas, C., 2010

Williams, AM., Ward, P., Bell-Walker, J. and Ford, PR., Perceptual-cognitive expertise, practice history profiles and recall performance in soccer, British Journal Of Psychology (2012) 103 393- 411

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