Forge football fitness

Make sure you've got the energy and poise to play a defence-splitting pass in the 90th minute, with training tips from Dutch conditioning expert, Raymond Verheijen

Fitness has its own special language – aerobic, anaerobic, VO2 max, plyometrics – what do these words mean? How do they translate in to a football context? It’s hard deciphering this jargon even after a quick look on Wikipedia.

And therein lies the problem, according to Dutch conditioning expert, Raymond Verheijen. Why are coaches communicating with players in a language they don’t understand? Poor communication leads to poor performance – from both the coaches and players.

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“People often define fitness in non-football language. If you use non-football words when you talk about fitness, automatically you get non-football exercises to train fitness,” Verheijen explained to FFT.

“The biggest problem in football, with respect to fitness, is the exercises. Fitness is trained as something separate to football.”
Overloading training with separate technical and fitness sessions can lead to fatigue and injury. The solution? Combine the two disciplines and explain the training effects in terms the players understand.

This video tutorial with Verheijen explains how.

Raymond Verheijen is the co-founder of the World Football Academy. For more information visit

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