.......that is proper (association) football.
This is really following on from the last post and also continuing the theme of functional training - training in a way that mimics the motions and movement patterns/frequencies of your sport.
These studies are about football and look at how to set up optimal and appropriate conditioning routines. Both these look at how training can replicate what goes on in a match. A 10k run will not cut it, but these ideas will. (by the way blogger is annoying me and keeps on messing up the formatting when I try to format these abstracts....)
Effects of a new experimental training program on V.O2max and running performance. - .....the main intervention was performed in the conditioning phase where the control group performed traditional conditioning (straight-line running, with stretching exercises in the break) and the experimental group underwent a conditioning training program on designed polygon, very much akin to a real game situation; sprint-runs with or without the ball and rapid changes in direction. During the 20, 40 or 60m sprint-run the players had to perform specific ball drills depending on marked polygon station.
Physical load imposed on soccer players during small-sided training games. - the results of this study suggest that small-sided games can be used effectively to develop the specific endurance capacity of football players. The integration of these drills by coaches during the regular training schedule can help replicating the demands experienced during real match-play