ONLINE COURSE: Pre-Season Periodization in Soccer

  • Why to periodize in the pre-season?

Any Soccer team has a Way of Playing associated with it.

The profile of any team’s Way of Playing will always be the result of the type and dynamics of the interactions between its elements.

All interactions between the players that make up the team will be the consequence of a Coach Game Idea; but also, of the applied Training Methodology

I consider that these two conditions are fundamental to define the true reason why there is a Game Idea and a certain Training Methodology: to create a Direction to follow!

Planning with a structured direction will allow the Coach to know which way he is going and above all to ensure that the team knows the principles of his Game Idea.

It becomes key that all elements of the team, understand the process, to achieve a certain objective.

Nowadays, periodizing contents in pre-season has a very different orientation, compared to what was practiced a few decades ago. The priorities regarding periodization have changed and we will talk about these changes in this course.

With this course, I intend to make us reflect on our practices, so that each of us can change, modify, correct or even consolidate our orientations and work dynamics, in order to move to the next level!!

Course Content

Total learning: 15 lessons Time: 16 weeks
  • Introduction  0/1

  • Periodization  0/3

    • Lecture2.1
    • Lecture2.2
    • Lecture2.3
  • Game Model  0/1

    • Lecture3.1
  • Training Philosofy  0/1

    • Lecture4.1
  • Planning  0/2

    • Lecture5.1
    • Lecture5.2
  • Training Methodology  0/5

    • Lecture6.1
    • Lecture6.2
    • Lecture6.3
    • Lecture6.4
    • Lecture6.5
  • Concluding  0/2

    • Lecture7.1
    • Lecture7.2


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João Tralhão is a UEFA Pro certified coach with experience in clubs such as AS Monaco FC and SL Benfica. In SL Benfica he achieved the Final of the UEFA Youth League! With a Degree in Sports and Education Sciences, he specialize himself in Football Training Methodology. He was assistant coach/head coach at all levels of age groups (except under 14/15) in SL Benfica and had the opportunity to coach players such as Bernardo Silva, João Félix, Renato Sanchez, André Gomes and many, many other great talents. In 2007/08 he integrated the technical staff of the 1st team, with the role of assistant coach. More recently he was invited by Thierry Henry to be his assistant coach at AS Monaco FC.


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  • Branimir Repić


    Very good course
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    Nastai Dacian

    A good teacher.

    A very good course with many details that helps to complete the knowledge related to planning activities.
  • mmsilva99

    Pre-season Periodization

    Very good presentation on the concepts of periodization.
  • Dennis Meier

    Good course

    Good course which helps you to focus on holistic development of your players and based on your game model.
  • Gabriel Fonseca

    great course

    very good and very informative. looking forward to others
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