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Discover the revolutionary new approach to conditioning training using a ball. This set of books provides a comprehensive guide to improve your players’ fitness and their  technique at the same time

Finally, it’s here! Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball-Orientated Approach is a two volume comprehensive guide (over 300 pages) to training your players to be fitter, stronger and more technically adept. From explaining the physiology of soccer through to identifying the components of fitness through to extensive training exercises, this special book set is exhaustive in its detail on how to get the maximum benefit from every session.


Dear Coach,

Soccer is one of the most physically demanding games around. Players will cover 10-12km per game, 2km of which at maximum speed. They also have to perform a variety of locomotive actions, such as back peddling, lateral shuffles, curved runs, slides and jumps. With all these sudden movements and quick changes in pace, the endurance, explosive power, speed and agility of your players can be the deciding factor in winning the game.

Conditioning is a vital part of training, no question. But too often you have to make the choice between working on fitness or technique. Well, now you don’t have to because Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach provides you with a comprehensive coaching methodology for integrating physical conditioning with technical and tactical elements.

The two volumes with over 300 jam packed pages include a wide variety of ball orientated exercises, training guides and a guide to strength training so you can improve your players’ fitness and technical ability in the same session. Whether you coach amateur sides or elite teams, Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach will improve your understanding of soccer physiology and enable you to run fitness sessions that are more productive and enjoyable for players with a ball at their feet.

“Total Soccer Conditioning does a wonderful job of breaking down and describing all of the physical elements a coach needs to know to prepare their teams to perform at a high level.  Justin Cresser has made everything clear and concise with examples that are easy to follow and understand.  I will definitely be incorporating a number of these activities into my trainings next season.” – Eric Lee -USSF A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma, U10-12 Age Group Coordinator, FCB / FCX, Barrington IL

“Bridge the gap between conditioning and technical training”

Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball-Orientated Approach is a book born from the frustrations of its author, strength and conditioning trainer Justin Cresser, and other coaches at not having enough time to train both conditioning and technique. When you only have one or two coaching sessions a week, you have to make tough choices about which to focus on. But in a game as physically demanding as soccer this puts coaches between a rock and a hard place.

To address the problem, Cresser created a methodology on how coaches, at every level, can combine physical exercise with technical training. The result is Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball-Orientated Approach, a two book series aimed at coaches, strength and conditioning trainers and athletes that want to maximize their practice time and add variety to their conditioning, functional or technical training sessions.

Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach covers every aspect of conditioning, from specific fitness training, to ball orientated warm-ups to fitness activities for goalkeepers. With clear explanations on work-to-rest ratios, sequence exercises, intensity and volume, Total Soccer Conditioning contains everything you need to know on improving the fitness and technical ability of your team in every training session.

“Gain insights from a coach with experience in designing strength and conditioning programs for elite academy teams and players”

Author of Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach Justin Cresser is currently the Assistant Technical Director at the Soccer Club of Toronto, where he designs youth development programs and assists in the education of coaches.

Cresser played semi professional for FC Sho de Bola in Hong Kong and studied at the University of Guelph, Canada, before swiftly moving into coaching. His first role was as assistant coach for the Varsity Women’s side, for whom he helped to produce several OUA all star athletes.

Cresser then moved abroad in 2009 to expand his coaching knowledge in Hong Kong. His first appointment was as a senior staff coach at the Brazilian Soccer School, were he helped to develop one of the most prolific youth academies in Hong Kong for two seasons. Under Cresser’s stewardship, the Brazilian Soccer School won numerous cup competitions, with the under 14 team winning the league.

While in Hong Kong, Cresser also took on coaching roles with the Panthers, an up and coming team in the Hong Kong women’s league, and with the Taipo Football Club, one of the top teams in the first division of Hong Kong’s professional league. Cresser then moved back to his homeland to take on the role of Assistant Technical Director at the Soccer Club of Toronto.

In addition to soccer coaching, Cresser continues to be a strength and conditioning trainer for both teams and athletes in a variety of sports. He holds and Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).


What’s covered in Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball-Orientated Approach

Divided into two volumes, Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach provides you with a comprehensive guide to improving conditioning along with technical and tactical elements at the same time. The books provide you with a complete training system that addresses the time restraints and tough choices coaches otherwise have to make in choosing which to focus on in training sessions.

Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach Volume One

The first volume focuses on the different components of fitness and provides a series of exercises for developing each area of a soccer player’s physiology.

Chapter 1 – An introduction to the physical components and basic physiological aspects of soccer. This chapter also provides a guide on how to run tests to assess the physical attributes of your players.

Chapter 2 – A series of static and dynamic stretching exercises to improve whole body flexibility.

Chapter 3 – How you can challenge players to push their balance threshold with exercises that will improve three dimensional balance.

Chapter 4– A series of exercises to increase your players’ speed and acceleration. These qualities are vital in all aspects of the game, and in particular for dribbling to beat opponents or to lose markers.

Chapter 5 – The book now stays true to its name with a guide to ball orientated exercises that will improve your players’ agility, such as their stop-and-go speed, reaction times and coordination.

Chapter 6 – This chapter provides a series of calisthenic exercises for building body strength.

Chapter 7 – Cresser explains how plyometric training can develop and enhance your players’ explosive power. All the exercises can be modified to include technical training with a ball

Chapter 8 – These drills are performed with a ball to increase aerobic and anaerobic endurance for high intensity sprints and jumps.

Chapter 9 – The final chapter of volume 1 shows you how to bring everything together to create an effective training schedule. Cresser provides examples of detailed off, pre and in-season training plans to help guide you in creating one of your own.

Author, Justin Cresser on the training field

Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach Volume Two

The second book explains how to optimize traditional technical and tactical drills to improve conditioning and fitness. Combined with volume one, it provides a comprehensive source of reference information on soccer conditioning.

Chapter 1 – Cresser explains how to adapt technical drills to enhance fitness. This includes detailed diagrams, explanations and coaching points on a series of conditioning drills with a ball.

Chapter 2– This chapter discusses the physiological benefits of proper warm-ups with a variety of ball orientated warm-ups you can use as part of your match day preparations.

Chapter 3 – How the technical and conditioning requirements of your players can vary depending on their position. This chapter also presents exercises specifically designed for certain positions and pattern play activities.

Chapter 4 – Coaches often lack specific information on how to train the physical fitness of goalkeepers, which are different to the rest of the team. This chapter focuses on training the goalkeeper, by identifying their physical requirements along with simple but effective exercises for improving them.

What you will gain from Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball-Orientated Approach

Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach is a rarity in that it is arguably the only book series devoted to conditioning in which all exercises (except stretching) involve a ball. It also includes ball orientated exercises for goalkeepers, which are rarely covered in such detail. Through comprehensive and straightforward explanations, Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach details how to structure training sessions to gain as much benefit as possible, both in fitness and technical training.

From Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach, you will gain:

  • A comprehensive guide to soccer specific fitness training
  • An enriched understanding of the physiology of soccer, plyometric training and callisthenic exercises
  • Drills and exercises that enable you to combine fitness and technical training into the same session
  • Training exercises to improve the footwork and conditioning of goalkeepers
  • Static and dynamic stretches and warm-ups for pre game preparation
  • Exercises for improving the speed, strength and agility of players
  • Improved aerobic and anaerobic performance so that players can keep running until the final whistle
  • Practical training schedule for different stages of the season
  • Your players will love being able to improve their fitness with a ball at their feet and will be more motivated than boring shuttle runs between cones
  • The improved fitness and technical ability will enable your team to perform at a higher level for a longer duration, which means more goals and points on the league table


Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach is aimed at senior youth players through to elite professional teams, but also contains exercises for 7-11 and 12-14 age groups. Whether you have a limited understanding of conditioning or a strong background in fitness training, this unique series is packed with insights and the latest innovative approaches on how to combine fitness with technical training, making it a valuable addition to any coach’s library.

“Fitness is so important in the modern-day game and ‘Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball-Oriented Approach‘ provides a unique and exciting coaching methodology towards conditioning for soccer.  Coach Justin has done a wonderful job at designing comprehensive yet easy to use conditioning drills and exercises while using a ball. This book is a must read for any coach, but especially for those with limited training time and need to make their sessions as economical as possible.” – Ryan Hodgson Director of Coaching U15-18 Boys Pride Soccer Club

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WORLD CLASS COACHING is recognized globally for the quality of its soccer coaching resources, which are used by over 40,000 soccer coaches from around the world. We wouldn’t be offering Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach unless it achieves our exceptionally high standards. However, if you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach after six months of implementing its drills and exercises then please contact us for a no quibbles refund.

A team with all the technical ability in the world will always struggle when it’s players can’t last 90 minutes

Soccer is becoming ever more physically demanding as new tactics and methods of play emerge. The increasing use of counter attacking and high pressure defending is leading to the creation of a high tempo game where fitness is critical to success. Inevitably, these tactics and playing styles will filter down, which means conditioning is becoming more important than ever.

But simply sending players off to run around cones isn’t enough. You need to understand the dynamics specific to soccer and choose exercises that closely resemble real game situations. This is why Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach is such a valuable resource for all coaches. It’s written by a soccer coach that’s also a qualified and experienced strength and conditioning trainer for players and athletes. This means he’s able to provide a conditioning guide focused on soccer and for training players for the physical demands of the modern game.

At the same time, the book is true to its title in that you gain soccer conditioning exercises utilizing a ball. This means you can avoid having to make the tough choice between fitness or technique and can make every conditioning session more effective and enjoyable for players.

Best Wishes,

Mike Saif

P.S. Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach is a special two book series which provides a comprehensive guide and methodology on how to integrate fitness with technical and tactical training. Part reference guide, part training manual, it outlines how to gain the maximum value from every training session so your players are better prepared for the physical demands of the modern game.

P.P.S If you are not 100% satisfied with the quality of the soccer coaching resources in Total Soccer Conditioning: A Ball Orientated Approach after six months then we will refund your purchase in full, no questions asked.

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