V World Conference on Science and Soccer (WCSS)

De 31-05-2017 até 02-06-2017
França. Rennes



Speakers are presented in alphabetical order

Jens Bangsbo (Denmark)

« Training of the top-class football player »

Jens Bangsbo is professor in exercise physiology at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the leader of a research group focusing on muscle metabolism, ion transport and fatigue development in relation to physical activity and training. He is Head of Science at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports Sciences, and a member of the Faculty of Science research board. He is the leader of the research group "Integrative Physiology" and of "Center of Team Sport and Health, and until recently the chairman of the Ministry of Culture Research Board for Sport in Denmark. He has published more than 300 scientific articles and more than 20 books including some within tactical training in football. In addition, he is the editor of a number of books regarding sport and science and he is a member of the international steering group of "Football and Science".

He is a former elite soccer player with matches in the Danish National soccer team. He is UEFA Pro-licence coach as well as UEFA, and FIFA instructor. He was assistant coach for Juventus FC in 2001-2004, winning two Italian Championships, two Super Cups and reaching the final in the Champions League 2003. He also took part in the coaching staff of the Danish National soccer team for EURO2004, World Cup 2010 and EURO2012.

University of Copenhague

Aaron Coutts (Australia)

« The future of science in soccer / Different points of view »

Aaron Coutts is a Professor in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He has published more than 150 scientific papers which focus on improving our understanding of the factors that affect performance in team sports. Aaron has specific interest in conducting applied research and providing evidence-based recommendations for athlete monitoring, performance analysis and training design with specific focus on team sports. Aaron currently consults to several top-level professional sporting teams and is a member of International Advisory Board for the Nike Sports Research Laboratory. Aaron has also been the recipient of an Australian Teaching and Learning Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning. Aaron is a Director of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) and is an accredited sport scientist.

University of Technology Sydney

Brian Dawson (Australia)

« The future of science in soccer / Different points of view »

Brian Dawson is a Professor of sport and exercise physiology in the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia, where he has been based since 1982.He has over 240 journal papers in print, many concerning the physiology of intermittent high intensity exercise in the football codes and other team sports. In the (Australian) football world he was the Fitness Coach from 1988-2000 for the West Coast Eagles FC (AFL), and currently continues as a research consultant to them, has a Level 3 Australian Football coaching accreditation and has been an assistant and Senior coach with Swan Districts FC in the WAFL (State League), taking the Reserves (2006) and Senior team (2010) to Premierships. In 2011 he coached the WAFL State team and from 2013-15 was Senior coach of East Perth FC (WAFL), taking them into the finals in each season. In 2016 he continues with East Perth FC as their Director of Coaching

University of Western Australia

Barry Drust (United Kingdom)

« The future of science in soccer / Different points of view »

Barry Drust has an expertise in football science which is a product of my academic research and my practical experience within the sport. I am currently a Professor in Applied Exercise Physiology and have published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the area of exercise physiology. I currectly act as a sport science consultant to Liverpool Football Club and have until recently supported the England Senior Mens Football team. I am also actively involved in directing the research related CPD of a number of other staff at clubs in both the Premier and Football League and national football associations. I also have good links within the sports industry providing expert knowledge to companies such as Nike and Catapult.

Liverpool John Moores University

Jan Ekstrand (Sweden)

« Injury prevention in soccer »

Jan Ekstrand, Professor in Sports Medicine, team doctor of the Swedish national team in the eighties and nineties and currently vice-chairman of the UEFA Medical Committee. As director of the Football Research Group in Sweden, Ekstrand has carried out a series of studies on the risk of injury on artificial turf, which provide useful and relevant scientific data. Moreover he is professor in Linköping University Hospital.

Linköping University

Koen Lemminck (Netherlands)

« Tactical performance in Soccer »

Koen A.P.M. Lemmink is a professor in sports, performance and innovation at the Center for Human Movement Sciences of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He graduated as a teacher in Physical Education and obtained a master-degree in Human Movement Sciences and a PhD-degree in Medical Sciences.

Central theme of his research is performance optimization in sports, especially in ball team sports like soccer, basketball, hockey, handball and volleyball. Research concerns analysis of performance in matches and small-sided games, monitoring load and recovery over time in relation to performance and prevention of illness and injuries. The theoretical background of his research is based on physiological concepts of adaptation, stress recovery balance, dynamical systems, constraints-led approach and network theories.
Part of his research projects are carried out in sport field labs in cooperation with the Dutch Olympic Committee, and several professional team sport clubs in the Netherlands. He has a broad international network and cooperation with sport science scientists and universities in several countries. He was a scientific member of a Dutch delegation on sports and technology to China in 2008, on sport management and applied sport research to Australia in 2011 and on sports and healthy living to Brazil in 2016.
He is regularly invited for lectures at international sport science conferences, reviewer of several international high-standard scientific journals and member of scientific committees of several worldwide sport science conferences. He published extensively in international high-standard scientific sport journals but also in the more practically oriented sport journals.

University of Groningen Koen Lemmink


Speakers are presented in alphabetical order

Helena Andersson (Sweden)

« Women and Soccer »

She graduated PhD. In Exercice Physiology from Örebro University. She worked as the fitness coach for the Swedish women""�s national team who won a bronze medal in the Women""�s European championship in Sweden 2013 and won a bronze medal in the Women""�s World Cup in Germany 2011. She worked as the fitness coach for the US women""�s national team who won a gold medal in the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 and for the Chinese women""�s national team who ended up with a 5th placement in the World Cup in China 2007.

Clare Ardern (Sweden)

« Return to play in Soccer »

Clare is an Australian physiotherapist who completed her award-winning PhD on return to play after ACL reconstruction in 2013. Since then, she has worked as a clinical researcher in Australia, Qatar and Sweden. Her work has focused on the factors that influence return to play after injury, and how the return to play transition can be improved with specific interventions and enhanced clinical decision making. Clare has published widely on return to play, with emphasis on the importance of psychological factors for returning to sport after injury. As a physiotherapist, Clare has worked with elite and recreational athletes across a range of sports, and she runs workshops on return to play decision making.She is still at Aspetar Hospital in Qatar, but at the time of the conference, I""�ll be working at Linköping University in Sweden. The website for the department.

Department of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH)

Benoît Bideau (France)

« Biomechanics in Soccer »

Benoit bideau is director of the « Movement, Sport and Health Sciences Laboratory» in Rennes and university professor in science and technology of physical activities and sports at the University of Rennes. He works mainly on the analysis, modeling and simulation of motion, rehabilitation medicine, physiotherapy and sports medicine.

Franck Brocherie (France)

«Nutritional interventions to enhance fatigue resistance in footbal»

Franck Brocherie has more than 15 years of experience in team sports (mainly football) at the national, international and world championship/Olympic levels (e.g. Olympic Games 2000; FIFA World Cup 2002). He is actually researcher at the laboratory Sport, Expertise and Performance (SEP - EA 7370) at the Research Department of the French Institute of Sport (INSEP). His interests focuses in contributing to a deeper understanding of neurophysiological and biomechanical mechanisms of fatigue resistance, in particular during team-sport specific exercises (repeated-sprint ability) and challenging environments (hypoxia, heat). Prior to joining INSEP, he previously worked full-time for different professional clubs (e.g. Olympique de Marseilles, CA Brives rugby) and national teams (e.g. Japan and Qatar football associations). He also intervened as consultant/project manager for the "Excellence in Football" project at the Qatar Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Hospital (ASPETAR), accredited FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence. Franck completed a Master in sports sciences before specializing (PhD) in Exercise physiology and has authored/co-authored 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 3 book chapters and 1 book.

Martin Buchheit (France)

« Testing and workload in soccer »

As well as a STAPS diploma and two physical education D.Us, in 2005 Martin Buchheit obtained the position of Conference Master from the University of Amiens, the opportunity to enrich his experience in the domain of research. But in 2009 the lure of the pitch was too strong and he became part of the ASPIRE Academy in Doha, Qatar, as a physiologist in charge of calibrating training sessions. At the same time, in 2010 he integrated the research department of the French Football Federation. He has also held position as consultant to the Australian Football League in Melbourne and Adelaide. He can obviously draw on these great experiences that will hold him in good stead for his position overseeing the performances of the entire Paris Saint-Germain sporting entities.

Christopher Carling (United Kingdom)

« Match Analysis »

Chris Carling is currently Sports Scientist at Lille Football Club (France) and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire (UK). Chris""� work for Lille FC mainly involves the provision of match analysis services and medical audits to the senior team""�s coaching and medical staff. He also mentors elite practitioners enrolled on the Professional Doctorate program at the University of Central Lancashire. He has previously worked as a consultant for the performance analysis department at Manchester Utd FC (2010-15) and as an external researcher for the medical department at the Clairefontaine National Football Centre in France (2000-08). Chris has a PhD in sports science and has authored 2 books and over 50 peer-reviewed research papers related to sports science and medicine.

Univerisity of Central Lancashire

Carlo Castagna (Italy)

« Referees in soccer »

Carlo Castagna received his PhD from the university of Granada (Spain, 2012) and University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy, 2015) on physiology of Futsal and Training-Load analyses in Football respectively. He is head of the fitness and research department of the Italian Football Referees Association (AIA-FIGC) since 2007. From 2008 is sport science collaborator for the FIFA-MARC refereeing department and FIFA Referee Fitness Instructor since 2012. With the role of training-load analyst of FIFA match officials Carlo Castagna participated on behalf of FIFA F-MARC at the London 2012 Olympics Football Tournament, FIFA U20 World Cup 2013 (Turkey), FIFA WC 2014 (Brazil) and FIFA U17 WC 2015 (Chile). From 2008 to 2012 Carlo Castagna was Consultant of the Olympic Training Department of the Italian Olympic Committee for Team-Sports. He worked as lecturer and researcher from 2004 to 2011, for the 2014-15. and current academic year (2015-2016) at the School of Sport and Exercise Science of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome. Italy). For the same University he was coordinator of the Team Sport Research Area. Carlo Castagna is (since 2011) the head of the Football Training and Biomechanics Laboratory of the Technical Department of the Italian Football Association (FIGC) located in Coverciano (Florence). In this position he assessed the fitness level of all male and female Italian youth national teams and of the Female Italian National team. His main research interests in soccer relate to match analysis, field-testing and training- load optimization for elite and young soccer players (National and Club teams) and referees (Elite, National and Regional Level). Carlo Castagna since 2011 is member of the International Advisory Research Board for the Copenhagen Centre for Team-Sport and Health (University of Copenhagen, DK). He act as invited reviewer for several international scholar journals and he is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport Medicine and Physical Fitness since 2007. He published 124 papers (IF, 287.303, march 2016) focusing on team- sports performance, mainly football, in impacted journals indexed on PubMed.

Terence Favero (USA)

« MLS and College football in the USA »

Terence Favero, Ph.D, served as the President of the 4th World Conference on Science and Soccer. He is Professor of Biology and University of Portland. Since 1994, he has served as the fitness coach and sport scientist for the men""�s and women""�s soccer teams at the University of Portland. Favero has worked with and consulted with the men""�s Olympic soccer team in preparation for Olympic qualifications, the Portland Timbers Division II team and the local Olympic Development program for soccer. He is a founding member of the Oregon Sport Performance Network. His early research examined biochemical and cellular mechanisms of muscle fatigue and free radical damage in muscle. Currently, his work seeks to understand optimal training programs for developing (I.e. College) athletes.

University of Portland

António J. Figueiredo (Portugal)

« Developing Young Soccer Players »

António is a PhD and professor at the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education in the University of Coimbra, Portugal, acting, currently, as the Director of the faculty. His core interests are related with growth, maturation and sport training of young athletes with a special focus in soccer. Between 2003 and 2009 developed the Coimbra Longitudinal Soccer Study with several scientific outputs. Has several contacts in a international network including Europe, Brazil and China. Since 1996 is collaborating with the youth soccer system at local and national levels.

University of Coimbra

Richard Giulianotti (United Kingdom)

« Sociology of Soccer »

Professor Giulianotti joined the School in November 2011 from Durham University, where he was Professor of Sociology, and at different times Head of Sociology/Criminology and Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences.He completed his MA (Honours, First Class), MLitt and PhD in the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, and took up his first academic post there as a Research Assistant (1990), followed by a Lectureship (1995), Senior Lectureship (1999), and Readership (2005) before moving to Durham.Professor Giulianotti is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Warren Gregson (Qatar)

« Training under stress in soccer: Heat and Altitude »

Warren""�s research interests lie within the areas of human thermoregulation and applied science and football. He completed his undergraduate degree in Sports Science at the University of Teesside in 1997. Warren then went on to complete his PhD in the area of human thermoregulation and intermittent exercise in 2002 alongside his role as an exercise physiologist and conditioning coach at Middlesbrough Football Club. Warren joined the University of Durham in 2002 as a lecturer in Sport before moving to Liverpool John Moores University in 2004 where he currently leads the B.Sc (Hons) Sports Science undergraduate degree. Warren is an active member of the Football exchange; an internal organisation that strategically directs all of the football-related teaching, research and consultancy activity within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Alongside his academic and scholarly activity, Warren remains active in the applied football environment. He has worked as a sports science advisor to Manchester United FC since 2008 where he continues to provide scientific support to the club""�s Sports Science Department and previously supported development and accreditation (BASES) of the club""�s state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory. He is also involved in directing and supervising a number of research projects in Premier and Football League Clubs and more recently with The Football Association. Warren is currently a member of the Prozone Research Advisory Group and is a BASES Accredited Physiologist (Support & Research).

Now, Warren Gregson works as head Football physiologist in Qatar football association & Aspire Academy.

Liverpool John Moores University

Franco Impellizzeri (Switzerland)

« Methodological, critical appraisal to a specific topic »

Franco imppillezzeri graduated from university of Science and Technology, faculty of Medicine, department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering in Trondheim in Norway. Since 2013, he is Senior Research Fellow, Research Group Leader Lower extremities Clinical Outcome Group, Schulthess Clinic in Zurich. He studies Physiological assessment, training and scientific support for top level athletes: professional cyclists and mountain bikers, professional soccer players and technical staff, Italian National Golf Team, tennis players, fencers, Kenyan reunners, triathletes, Italian Alpine Ski Team, athletes with chronic disabilities (e.g. spinal cord injuries and amputees), ect. Physiological and neuromuscular assemment of injured athletes and preventive strength training (functional tests with isokinetic, closed-chain eccentric and force platform devices).

Schulthess Clinic Musculoskeletal Centre

Peter Krustrup (Denmark)

« Health and Soccer »

Peter Krustrup is 46 years old and has authored 220 original research articles, including 80 on physical-tactical-technical match analyses, fatigue, training and testing in elite football and another 100 on his pioneering research about fitness and health effects of recreational football. He is Professor of Team Sport and Health at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Exeter, UK. His H-index is 47 and his articles have more than 10000 citations. He was chairman of the Organizing Committee of the World Congress on Science and Football in Copenhagen 2015. He has played football since the age of 5 and is hoping that he is just about halfway through his career. He has played 200 matches in the Danish 2nd and 3rd League and has been a football coach for a total of 15 years. He was assistant coach for the Danish Women""�s National Team winning a bronze medal in the Euro 2013 and is currently participating in the UEFA Pro-license course.

University of Copenhagen

Georges Nassis (Qatar)

« Science in soccer at Aspetar »

Dr. George Nassis has more than 10 year experience as sports scientist and performance manager at elite level football. His current role focuses on the integration of sports science and sports medicine to optimize athletes""� performance and avoid non-contact injuries through proper training. He has served as the lead sports scientist and the head of performance lab at Panathinaikos FC. Since 2012 he is working as performance manager in elite sports. George has a long research and teaching experience. He has published more than 39 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, he serves as a lead editor in one scientific journal and as a reviewer in a number of journals (Journal of Applied Physiology, American Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise). His main research interests are: football performance, cardiovascular and thermal responses during exercise & effect of exercise on health.

Henning Plessner (Germany)

« Psychology and soccer »

From 2008 to 2010 Professor Dr. Henning Plessnerheld the professorship for "social psychology and methods" at the Institute of Psychology at the University of Leipzig. Since 2010 he holds a professorship with the main focus on sports psychology at the Institute of Sports and Sports Sciences at the University of Heidelberg.His research focuses are judgment and decision-making in sports, optimization of sport judges""� and referees""� performance, social motivation and sport performance, and the psychology of intuition. He published numerous articles on these topics in national and international journals, as well as several books and book chapters. Since 2013 he is the editor-in-chief of the "ZeitschriftfürSportpsychologie" (Journal of Sport Psychology) and since 2016 associate editor of "Psychology of Sport and Exercise".

University of Heidelberg

Geert Savelsbergh (Netherlands)

« Decision making in soccer »

Professor Geert Savelsbergh, also known as the ""�football professor""� on account of his research into penalty-taking in football, studied Human Movement Sciences at VU University Amsterdam and obtained his PhD from the same university. He focuses mainly on the role of visual information in the control and regulation of movement. His research group - Perceptual-motor control: development, learning and performance - is part of MOVE, the internationally oriented interdisciplinary research institute.

University of Amsterdam

Nicolas Scelles (United Kingdom)

« Analysis of the evolution of the FIFA World Cup format with the concepts of competitive balance and intensity »

Lecturer in sport management at the University of Stirling in Scotland since 2013. Director of the MSc Sport Management from 2016 (3rf in Europe, SportBusiness International Masters Ranking 2016). PhD in sports economics from the University of Caen Basse-Normandie, France, about the uncertainty of outcome in professional team sports leagues and its impact on fan demand. Defended in 2009 and awarded by the Grand Prix "Research" of the Union of the French professional football clubs (UCPF). Teacher at the University of Paris Sud from 2009 to 2011 and lecturer at the University of Poitiers from 2011 to 2013. Intervention in the Advanced Sport Management Course of the Olympic Solidarity organised by the Qatar Olympic Academy. Memeber of the International Society for Sports Sciences in the Arab World (I3SAW). Publication of several articles in international scientific journals (e.g. Applied Economics, Economics Bulletin, International Journal of Sport Finance, International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, Journal of of Sports Economics). Also publication of several chapters in scientific books and communications in several international scientific conferences (e.g. European Sports Economics Association and European Association for Sport Management). Reviewer in several international scientific journals (e.g. European Journal of Finance, European Sport Management Quarterly, Managing Sport and Leisure and Sport Management Review). Board member of International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship, and Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal. Supervision of three PhD students in sports economics and management.

University of Stirling

Roel Vaeyens (Belgium)

« Talent Identification in Soccer »

Roel Vaeyens is Professor at Ghent University in Departement of Movement and Sports Sciences (Belgium). He obtained his PHd in the same university. Moreover he is sports coordinator for the club Brugge.

University of Ghent

John Williams (United Kingdom)

« Fairness and ethics in grassroots soccer »

John Williams is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester in the UK and co-director of the unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) at Leicester. He has published widely on sport, especially English soccer and soccer fandom, including a number of texts on fan hooliganism. His research interests in sport include its articulations of relations of gender, class, race and disability. His publications include Red Men (Mainstream Press, 2010) a socio-cultural history of Liverpool FC, and (with Andrew Ward) Football Nation (Bloomsbury, 2009). He is currently working on a comparative study of soccer in England and Spain, and is part of an ERASMUS project exploring fairness in grassroots sport in five European countries. He is an active sports fan, a season ticket holder at his club of birth Liverpool FC.

University of Leicester

Del P. Wong (Hong-Kong)

« Science in Soccer in Asia »

Professor Del P. Wong (CSCS*D, Chartered Scientist) is a full professor at Shandong Sport University (China) where he is also the research leader of the Sport Science Research Center. Before this, he was associate professor at The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi). He was also the founding head of the Sports & Recreation Research Centre which consists of Sports Therapy Centre, Human Performance Laboratory, Sports Biomechanics Laboratory, and Health and Recreation Management Laboratory. He completed his doctoral study in Exercise Physiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has published more than 70 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and currently the associate editor of Science and Medicine in Football. He is also the editorial board member of Research in Sports Medicine, and Biology of Sport. He was the strength and conditioning coach for athletes at various competition levels including medalists of Olympic Games, World Championship, Asian Games, regional, and elite youth. In this regard, athletes from badminton, table-tennis, fencing, cycling (sprint and BMX), swimming, and soccer trained under his supervision. He was also the fitness coach for professional soccer for two seasons. In 2012, he received the Outstanding Young Investigator Award from NSCA.


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