High intensity exercise for referees Premier League. I got inspired by Vicky Smith, physical trainer for PGMOL, the professional referees’ organisation in the Premier League.
Explanation of the test
The exercises is easy. You change high intensity with jogging. Let’s begin:
- You’ll start at the arc of the penalty area.
- You run diagonally to the point where the halfway line and the sideline cross each other.
- From there you jog over the halfway line until you reach the arc
- The arc is where you do a HI run to the edge of the penalty area
- From there you continue jogging towards the arc of the penalty area
- Then it get’s intense, because you run at HI to the centre of the field of play and immediately back to the other end of the arc at the same penalty area.
- Mirorring begins the: you jog to the edge at the other end of the penalty area
- HI run towards the arc on the halfway line
- Then a jog to the other sideline
- You end with a high intensity run towards the other arc of the penalty area where you started.
- Jog or walk back to starting position
Repetition of the exercise
Premier League referees run this 8 times for 1 series. After 2 minutes rest, they do another series.
Personally I did it 6 times and that was already quite intense. You can also start a little easier with some extra rest between the two rounds. Adapt this to your own ability.
Thanks, it is good exercice
Good to hear. Any exercises you normally do that are good as well?
Very nice high intensity workout…
Thanks. How did you do on it? How long was your rest period?
Yeah right. You are telling me that the likes of John Moss can do the HI as you describe above? especially now with VAR availability?
It’s in their training plan. I haven’t visited the UK to check how refs perform the test. But I can tell they will have to pass the FIFA fitness tests.
Jan – Keep up the great work. I find your contribution to refereeing very helpful way down in New Zealand.
Thanks, Clive. I do my very best.