Pre-Season Training

Jul 15, 11 Pre-Season Training

Verheijen has been a member of the coaching staff of the national teams of the Netherlands, Russia and South Korea, has been at 3 world cups and 3 Euros. He has also worked with a number of European club sides, including Barca, Zenit, and Chelsea and Man City. He has also been a personal fitness coach to Craig Bellamy.

Verheijen was appointed to the position of Assistant Manager to the Wales in February 2011, is a primarily a fitness coach, Verheijen has publicly criticsed the training methods of a number of English teams, such as London-based clubs Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs as well as former club Manchester City.

Earlier in his career, Verheijen publicly criticised the coaching methods of Dutch team Feyenord, but returned there to advise on the pre-season build this July

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Pre Season Training

The general guidelines for preseason training Raymond Verheijen uses in pre-season when working with clubs like Barca, Zenit, Chelsea, Man City or Feyenoord.

Week 1 : Mon tactical, Tue conditioning 11v11/8v8 (for example 3x10min), Wed off, Thu tactical, Fri tactical, Sat amateur game, Sun off.

Week 2 : Mon tactical but no games, Tue conditioning 11v11/8v8 (3x11min), Wed off, Thu tactical, Fri tactical, Sat amateur game, Sun off.

Week 3 : Mon tactical no games, Tue conditioning 7v7/5v5 (e.g. 4x5min), Wed off, Thu tactical, Fri tactical, Sat pro game, Sun recovery.

Week 4 : Mon off, Tue tactical, Wed pro game (group 1) & conditioning 7v7/5v5 (group 2, e.g. 4×5.5min), Thu recovery (group 1+2). Fri off, Sat tactical, Sun pro game (group 2) & football conditioning games 7v7/6v6/5v5 (group 1, e.g. 4×5.5min).

Week 5 : Mon recovery (group 1+2), Tue off, Wed tactical, Thu football conditioning games 4v4/3v3 (2x6x1min Work/2minRest),Fri tactical (pm), Sat tactical (pm), Sun top game (last game before start of season with strongest team).

Week 6 : Mon recovery for starting XI & football conditioning games for subs 4×5, 5min 7v7/5v5, Tue off, Wed tactical, Thu conditioning games 4v4/3v3 (e.g. 2x6x1minWork/1.5minRest), Fri tactical (pm), Sat tactical (pm), Sun 1st league game.


The main objective of pre-season is to have all your players back training at the same time. Organise as many friendlies as possible, this will stand to them team when the season officially kicks off.

One of the golden rules in pre-season is NO conditioning session or physical testing on Day one. Players need 1st day to restart the engine. Also, never conditioning on consecutive days.

At least one tactical day between conditioning days to avoid the accumulation of fatigue. To cut a long story short, with this approach your team will be as fit as any other team & look even fitter as their is no accumulation of fatigue. More importantly you will have significantly less injuries, so you can train and play more often with the  best players and develop your strongest team.”

Your training should mirror the game, so don’t do anything that doesn’t resemble the game. Good luck for the season ahead and remember to let “all the kids play”


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