chapter  52
A Comparison of Small-Sided Games and Interval Training in Elite Professional Soccer Players
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In the training programmes of professional soccer players, a main concern is the proper regulation of the training intensity. The trainer has to consider the stage of the season, the fitness levels of individual players, the days between competitive engagements and the overall training plan. Furthermore, a choice must be made as to whether the activity concerned will be conducted without the ball or in group drills. Technical and tactical training elements may be focused on strategic aspects of planning for forthcoming games to the neglect of the exercise intensity at which this training is conducted.