Raymond Verheijen is currently a very divisive character in world football. He is at the forefront of football (soccer) periodization and is making a lot of the status quo at the highest levels of the game very uncomfortable with his views on training/rest. As I am naturally drawn to divisive and controversial characters I started following his twitter (@raymondveerheije) for quite a while to get any info that might help me and youth soccer or futsal in Memphis. Not only does he give out some free info once an a while it’s a great insight into fitness and proper rest or improper rest as is the case with many of the absolute top teams in the world (see article on Arsenal and their consistent recurring injuries year after year). As a soccer or futsal coach or even fitness professional I’d definitely recommend him as a follow.

Here is a great article with his view on the Raheem Sterling/Roy Hodgson situation.

He has started his own business, World Football Academy, and gives coaching education seminars the world over. He is coming to the US to do a one day clinic in Philly and I really am trying to find a way to do this. See details below from the wfa website.

Always Play with Your Strongest Team
The information is extraordinary…this would benefit anyone in my position in the US. – Anson Dorrance
The World Football Academy USA in partnership with the NSCAA is excited to announce a one-day educational event at NSCAA Convention 2015 in Philadelphia giving attendees the opportunity to learn from the leading expert in football conditioning Raymond Verheijen.

Always Play with Your Strongest Team is taking place on the Wednesday of Convention and will give coaches an insight into how to develop a top fit team without injuries in a winning environment.


  • Principles of Football Periodisation 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
    How to develop peak fitness through football games, avoid accumulation of fatigue, maximize player freshness and remain injury free.
  • Principles of Football Tactics 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    The development of a playing style broken down in passing exercises, possession games and tactical games.
  • Principles of Football Psychology 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
    Football psychology in football language allowing the coach to apply these psychological principles in football training and coaching.
  • Football Coaching: FIFA’s Most Improved Team Ever 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
    In a session dedicated to the late Gary Speed, coach Verheijen offers a unique fly on the wall perspective into creating the conditions that helped Wales men’s national team become the most improved in the history of the FIFA World Rankings. This case study will be illustrated with real team meeting clips.


This educational add-on is available to any Convention registrant for an additional $425 and will take place on Wednesday, January 14 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During this exclusive WFA@Convention event attendees will also receive a copy of Raymond Verheijen’s English version of “The Original Guide to Football Periodistation,” one of the most eagerly anticipated books in the history of football coaching.

Visit the NSCAA Convention website for Registration Details.