Innovative Study Aims to Accelerate Women’s Football Through Science and Technology


Bridging the Gap in Women’s Football Performance Insights

As women’s football continues to evolve with a focus on pressing tactics and faster gameplay, the emphasis on Speed, Agility, and Quickness becomes even more critical for footballers. On that, this study comes at the exact right moment.

Today, a large portion of assumptions for women’s football performance is based on male studies and male data. In an collaborative effort, a team of Swedish and Portuguese sports scientists, physiotherapists, together with Photon Sports have embarked on a (hopefully) groundbreaking study designed to develop testing and training strategies for women’s football. 

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“By better understanding and optimising movement profiles and patterns, we can push the boundaries of performance in women’s football. With the right insights and training methods, we can make the game faster and more explosive, while hopefully reducing risk of injury.”

Dan Fransson, PhD Gothenburg University | Head of Performance, IF Elfsborg


A Multi-Phase Approach to Enhancie Performance and Reduce Risk of Injury

Phase 1: Identify movement patterns during match.

Analysing top footballers’ explosive movement patterns and locomotor profile during gameplay using game data and video footage.


Phase 2: Compare training patterns vs match patterns.

Utilise data from the pilot study to create valid and reliable football- and position specific tests.


Phase 3: Test players on their performance on relevant patterns.

Evaluate the efficacy of representative tests across different tiers of elite female football competition, utilizing an updated version of Photon Sports software.


Phase 4: Investigate the effect of two different training protocols.

Investigate the effect of two different training protocols based on representative tests and traditional tests to increase football-specific explosive capacity in trained female football players and its transfer to the match.


“We see a great opportunity in developing next generation of tests and training protocols, tailored for women’s game. We are no longer constrained by the technology, and today we can optimise testing and training strategies without compromising.”

Anders Tånger, CEO, Photon Sports

The Research Team

Dan Fransson

PhD. Gothenburg University
Head of Performance, IF Elfsborg

Pontus Ekblom

Performance Manager, Sweden’s National Women’s Team

Albin Oldberg

Master Student, Gothenburg University, Physical Performance Coach, IF Elfsborg

Farzad Yousefian 

Ph.D. student, University of Beira Interior, Portugal

Bruno Travassos

Associate Professor at the University of Beira Interior in Portugal.


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