Annual Workload Report - Men’s Football
The research reveals that a large number of players do not get the recommended five days of rest before most of their matches. The report provides scientific analysis on player workload and match scheduling over the last three years, covering some 40,000 appearances by a sample of 265 male players from 44 domestic leagues across six confederations and includes club and national team matches. The amount of back-to-back matches in elite men’s professional football has increased over the last three years, with some footballers spending 70 to 80 percent of their playing time in a two-game-a-week rhythm. Increasing player workload, together with extensive travel and reduced off- and in-season breaks constitute a critical issue not only for players’ health but also for the sustainable development of football, according to the report produced in association with Football Benchmark.