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  • Jo Clubb

New Publication: Elite football of 2030 will not be the same as that of 2020

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

I am happy to share a new publication I was recently involved in. In this letter to the editor, we respond to a prior editorial by George Nassis and colleagues in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport, entitled 'Elite football of 2030 will not be the same as that of 2020: Preparing players, coaches, and support staff for the evolution'. Our correspondence, led by Damian Harper, aims to add to this discussion by addressing the considerations for the evolution of certain high-intensity locomotor demands not explicitly mentioned in the initial piece.


Please find links to the full article, the citation, and a brief excerpt below.


Available on the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport here.

Available on ResearchGate here.


Harper DJ, Sandford GN, Clubb J, Young M, Taberner M, Rhodes D, Carling C, and Kiely, J. "Elite football of 2030 will not be the same as that of 2020: What has evolved and what needs to evolve?." Scand J Med Sci Sports 31 (2021): 493-494.


Sport scientists must have an intimate understanding of the determinants of performance, the complexities of the adaptive response, the nature of the training stimulus and its assessment. (1)

Prof. Tom Reilly


We read with interest the recent editorial by Nassis et al (2) that forecast future tactical advances in elite football would increase high-intensity running demands between 2020 and 2030. Here, we add to this evolving conversation by providing some practical considerations around the future physical preparation of elite players for the high-intensity locomotor activities not explicitly addressed in the editorial...