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World Commission of Science and Football | Football Exchange

World Commission of Science and Football

Steering Group Charter: -

To foster and further the use of science in football and to aid in the dissemination of relevant information to practitioners in all football codes.

Most recent conferences:

World Congress of Science and Football: The most recent Conference held was the seventh World Congress on Science and Football held in Nagoya University, Japan, May 2011. The congress covered all codes of Football and among the 350 attendees were some of the most influential researchers in the various codes. The Conference Proceedings have been published by Routledge in 2012.

World Congress of Science and Soccer: The fourth World Conference on Science and Soccer was held in May 2014 in the picturesque city of Portland (Oregon, USA), following the success and experience of the previous conference meetings held in Liverpool (UK: 2008), Port Elizabeth (South Africa: 2010) and Ghent (Belgium: 2012). This conference is aimed at academics and practitioners working in, or with an interest in in the world game of soccer (association football). A book of proceedings from the Portland conference is currently being prepared for publication.

Future Congress’/Conferences:

World Conference on Science and Soccer, 2017:

The 5th World Conference on Science in Soccer (WCSS) will take place on June 2017, in Rennes (France). More information will be available in due course.

World Congress on Science and Football, 2015:

The 8th World Congress on Science and Football will take place on May 20-23, 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark. More information can be found at www.wcsf2015.ku.dk

 

Guidelines to Institutions bidding to hold International Congresses under the aegis of the World Commission of Science and Sports (WCSS)

  1. The bid should provide a rationale for the hosting of the event.  This should include a description of the strengths of the organising institution and the facilities to be used.  It should be signed by the Vice Chancellor, Rector or Principal of the University/Institution concerned.
  1. Personnel nominated to serve on the Organising Committee and proposed members of the Scientific Programme Committee should be listed.
  1. There should be a detailed business plan presented, indicating financial ‘break even’ numbers for delegates.
  1. The programme should afford opportunity for participation of personnel with research interests in all of the codes within the specific sports area.
  1. Arrangements for publication of the Conference Proceedings in conjunction with the specific International Steering Group should be explicit. Normally these arrangements should be with a recognised publisher.
  1. Provisional dates, venue and any links with national/local related sports events should be specified.
  1. Supplementary material may be included to support the application.
  1. Applications to be sent to the Chair of the appropriate International Steering Group.

 

For Science and Soccer conferences (now held every 4 years) bids should be sent to the Chair of the Steering Committee for Science in Football (by the specified date, and the Steering Committee will consider the bids (via correspondence) and make a decision, such that the successful bidder will be announced on the closing day of the current conference.

Bid Timeline

Bids to host the 2021 Science and Soccer conference should be received by March 31st 2017, with the successful bidder to be informed by (after due deliberation by the Science and Football Steering Committee) April 30th 2017, and to be announced on the final day of the 2017 conference in Rennes.

Applications/expressions of interest in hosting the 2021 conference should be sent via email to the Chair of the Steering Committee, Winthrop Professor Brian Dawson: brian.dawson@uwa.edu.au

The previous and current schedule for Science and Soccer conferences is as follows:

2008  Liverpool, England (UK)

2010  Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape (RSA)

2012  Ghent,  (Belgium)

2014  Portland, Oregon (USA)

2017  Rennes,  Brittany (France)

The next Science and Soccer conference will be held in 2017, and in years when the larger World Congress of Science and Football is scheduled, Science and Soccer will be incorporated within this conference. Therefore, after 2017, the next (stand alone) Science and Soccer conference will be in 2021.

For the World Congress of Science and Football, which is a larger conference covering all major football codes (normally held every 4 years) bids should be sent to the Chair of the Steering Committee by the specified date, and the Steering committee will then consider the bids and draw up a short list. These persons/organisations will then be invited to present their bid in person to the Steering Committee at the current conference, and then the successful bidder will be announced on the closing day.

Bid Timeline

Expressions of interest to host the 2019 World Congress of Science and Football should be received by December 31st 2014. After consideration by the Steering Committee, formal bids will then be invited from the selected organisations, to be received by March 31st 2015. A short list (3-5) will then be finalised by the Steering committee, and an invitation extended to these organisations to then present in person to the Committee in Copenhagen during the 2015 Congress. The successful bidder will be announced in the closing ceremony on the final day of the Congress.
Applications/expressions of interest in hosting the 2019 Congress should be sent via email to the Chair of the Steering Committee, Winthrop Professor Brian Dawson: brian.dawson@uwa.edu.au

The previous and current schedule for the World Congress of Science and Football is as follows:

1987  Liverpool,  England (UK)

1991  Eindhoven, (the Netherlands)

1995  Cardiff, Wales (UK)

1999  Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)

2003  Lisbon,   (Portugal)

2007  Antalya,   (Turkey)

2011  Nagoya,   (Japan)

2015  Copenhagen,  (Denmark)

The next World Congress of Science and Football will be held in 2019, and then every four years thereafter. From 2019 onwards, the World Congress of Science and Football will incorporate the Science and Soccer conference within its program.

Prof. Brian Dawson (Chair of Steering Group)

Email: brian.dawson@uwa.edu.au

Brian Dawson is a Winthrop Professor of sport and exercise physiology in the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia, where he has been based since 1982.He has nearly 200 journal papers in print, many concerning the physiology of intermittent high intensity exercise in the football codes and other team sports. In the football world he was the Fitness Coach from 1988-2000 for the West Coast Eagles FC (AFL), and currently continues as a research consultant to them, has a Level 3 Australian Football coaching accreditation and has been an assistant and Senior coach with Swan Districts FC in the WAFL (State League), taking the Reserves (2006) and Senior team (2010) to Premierships. In 2011 he coached the WAFL State team.

Prof. Barry Drust

Email: B.Drust@ljmu.ac.uk

Dr Barry Drust is currently Professor of Applied Exercise Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. His special interests lie in the physiology of intermittent exercise. Barry is also an active applied practitioner, where he is currently serving as a sport science consultant with Liverpool FC and the English FA (where he is the course director of the FA Fitness Trainers award). Barry is a BASES accredited exercise physiologist (scientific support) and is a full member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientists, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Physiological Society and the American Physiological Society.

Prof. Hiroyuki Nunome

Email: nunome@fukuoka-u.ac.jp

Hiro Nunome is currently Professor in Sports Biomechanics at Fukuoka University and also President of the Japanese Society of Science & Football. Hiro gained his BEd at Kanazawa University, MEd at the University of Tokyo and PhD at Nagoya University. Hiro is also well-known as a pioneer of Biomechanics in Soccer Kicking with many advanced publications in leading journals. Hiro’s mother tongue is Japanese but is also very fluent in English (most of his work was done in English), and also very practical in Chinese (mandarin).

Dr. Sci. Jens Bangsbo

Email: jbangsbo@ifi.ku.dk

Dr. Sci. Jens Bangsbo is professor in exercise physiology at the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the Head of Science at the Department and the chairman of the Ministry of Culture Research Board for Sport in Denmark. He played more than 350 matches in the Danish league and is a former Danish national team player. He is also an UEFA and FIFA instructor, and was the assistant coach for Juventus FC 2001-2004. He has written more than 200 scientific articles and reviews as well as 15 books.

Dr. Jan Cabri

Email: jan.cabri@nih.no

Dr. Jan Cabri is a professor in biomechanics and Head of the department of Physical Performance at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. He has a special interest in the muscular activation and kinematics during various sports movements, including the soccer kick. He organized the WCSF 2003 Congress at the Faculty of Human Kinetics in Lisbon (Portugal), where he has been an Associate Professor from 1997 to 2009. He is also a member of the Scientific Board of the European College of Sport Science.

Dr Donna O’Connor

Email: donna.oconnor@sydney.edu.au

Donna O’Connor is an Associate Professor and course coordinator of the postgraduate program in Coach Education at the University of Sydney. In relation to football she has been a strength and conditioning coach for a National Rugby League (NRL) club, assistant coach with the Australian Women’s Touch football team, and has worked with a number of coaches and organizations in Rugby League, Rugby Union and football. She is currently a member of the NRL research board.

 

TerryFaveroNEWProfessor Terry Favero

Email: favero@up.edu

Terry Favero is a Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Faculty at the University of Portland. Since 1994, he has served as the fitness coach and sport scientist for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at the University of Portland. In 2000, Favero worked with the men’s Olympic soccer team in preparation for Olympic qualifications. His early research examined biochemical and cellular mechanisms of muscle fatigue and free radical damage in muscle. Recently, his work seeks to understand optimal training programs for developing athletes. He served as the conference president for the 2014 World Conference on Science and Soccer, held in Portland, Oregon (USA).