This book reviews the general acute effects and adaptations of small-sided and conditioned games (SSCGs) in terms of physiological responses, technical performance and methodology/periodization in the game of soccer. It also reviews the many studies conducted in the past decade to investigate the influence of SSCGs on physiological responses and technical performance in soccer training. SSCGs, which are smaller and adapted versions of formal team sports, are very popular training drills for players at all ability levels and competitive levels and offer an alternative to traditional fitness training. Exploring their role in depth, this book offers a valuable resource for academics, researchers and coaches with an interest in developing improved training techniques for soccer.
Introduction.- Physiology of Soccer: A Brief Review.- Acute Effects of SSCGs in Physiological Responses and Technical Performance.- Adaptations to SSCGs vs. Traditional Training Programmes.- Methodological Considerations and Periodization Based on SSCGs.- Practical Applications and Future.