Andrea Riboli

  • Applied Sport Scientist and Adjunct Professor
  • University of Milan (Italy)

Andrea Riboli got a Ph.D. in sport sciences and he is an Adjunct Professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano where he teaches “Match and Training Analysis”. He is an applied sport scientist, fitness coach and consultant experienced with both youth and adult elite football players. Over the last years he was Head of Sport Science in an Italian Serie A football club. He published papers in sport-science and medicine peer-review international journals about physiological testing, performance analysis and small-sided games design in elite football players. He is currently leading research projects about training load management, fitness assessment and performance development in football. The main aim of his work is to translate scientific knowledge into practical and applied strategies for high-performance development.


 Riboli A, Esposito F, Coratella G. The distribution of match activities relative to the maximal intensities in elite soccer players: implications for practice. Res Sports Med. Epub of Print. 2021

Riboli A, Semeria M, Coratella G, Esposito F. Effect of formation, ball-in-play and ball possession on peak demands in elite soccer. Biol. Sport. 2021;38(2):195-205

Riboli A, Coratella G, Rampichini S, LimontaE, Esposito F. Testing protocol affects the velocity at VO2max in semi-professional soccer players. Res Sports Med. Epub of Print. 2021

Riboli A, Coratella G, Rampichini S, Cé E, Esposito F. Area per player in small-sided games to replicate the external load and estimated physiological match demands in elite soccer players. PLoS ONE 15(9): e0229194. 2020.

Riboli A., Rampichini S., Cè E., Limonta E, Coratella G., Esposito F. Effect of ramp slope on different methods to determine lactate threshold in semi-professional soccer players. Res Sports Med. 2018 Sep 22:1-13.

Riboli A, Emiliano C, Rampichini S, Venturelli M, Alberti G, Limonta E, Veicsteinas A, Esposito F. Comparison between continuous and discontinuous incremental treadmill test to assess the velocity at VO2max. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2017 Sep; 57(9):1119-1125


  • Training load management in elite football using SSG

    The presentation aims to introduce some of the recent findings about training load management in elite football. Different soccer-specific drills such as small- or large-sided games (SSGs), positional drills, etc. are largely utilized to integrate technical, tactical, physical and psychological demands during training routines. Therefore, the SSGs intensity is a crucial feature for coaches and […]