Peter Krustrup

-Professor of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, and Honorary Visiting Professor of Exeter University, UK, and Guest Professor at Shanghai University of Sport, China. Peter is a world leading expert in football science. He has authored 300 original research articles, of which 140 deals the fitness and health effects of football and other sports, and another 90 dealing with physical-tactical-techncal match analyses, fatigue, recovery, training and testing in elite football. He is a UEFA Pro-License football coach and has been working as assistant coach for the Danish Women’s national team 2012-2014, and fitness coach from January 2019. Started his pioneering research in Football for Health back in 2003 and is now the leader of a Football is Medicine group of 225 researchers more than 20 countries. 

Emmanuel Stamatakis

-is professor of physical activity, lifestyle and population health and research team leader at the Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia. Moreover, he holds the sub-committee chair in the World Health Organisation Guidelines Development Group: 2020 Global Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour. He is also the editor in the high-impact journal, British Journal of Sports Medicine, as well as the editor-in-chief of BMJ Open, Sports and Exercise Medicine. Emmanuel has previously worked at several health research units in the UK. He has authored a total of 235 articles (135 in the last 5 years) published in world leading peer-reviewed journals (>65% as first or last author) which have received 14,500 citations. He has a h-index of 48 and 72% of his publications are in journals ranked in the top 10% area. During the last 20 years Emmanuel has received several international and national health research awards and he is a frequent keynote speaker at international conferences around the world. He is a core member of the NSW Population and Health Services Research Ethics Committee, part of the scientific advisory committee in the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation, and is part of the Lifespan Research Network Advisory Board at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Finally, he is highly involved in industry engagement leadership and community and media leadership in relation to promotion of physical activity, health and wellbeing in Australia.


Eva Wulff Helge

-Associate Professor, is head of studies in exercise and sport sciences at the University of Copenhagen. Her main research interest is health promotion through exercise and sports, with a specific focus on preventing and treating osteoporosis. Her ability for translational and cross-disciplinary research with a synergetic coupling between theory and practice is highly acknowledged.


Magni Mohr 

-is professor in Exercise Physiology at the University of the Faroe Islands, as well as professor at the University of Southern Denmark. Magni has authored ~120 original research articles, with around 10000 citations, and has a H-index of 40. He has authored three of the top-ten cited papers in football physiology research. Magni has written four books and several book chapters on performance and health effects of exercise training. He has previously worked at the University of Copenhagen (DK), Exeter University (UK) and the University of Gothenburg (SE) where he still is visiting researcher. His main research area is skeletal muscle physiology and human performance with emphasis on fatigue development during high intensity intermittent exercise, as well as health effects of sports with primary focus on team sports training. He is part of the world leading football research group at the University of Southern Denmark. Magni is a former competitive football player and has worked as match analyst, scientific consultant and fitness coach for football teams at the highest international level, such as the Italian Serie A, English Premier League and Spanish LaLiga. He has additionally been fitness coach for several Scandinavian football teams including the Danish National team and performance director for the national team of Cameroun. He is a UEFA and FIFA instructor and teaches fitness training at Pro Licence courses around the world. He has received several research disseminations awards and is a frequent speaker at international scientific and elite sports conferences. Magni Mohr is also the chairman of the Faroese Board of Public Health and board member in the Faroese health research collaboration unit, Centre of Health Science.


Jacob Uth

-PT, MS of Health Science, PhD, graduated from Copenhagen School of Physiotherapy in 1999, obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Health Sciences at Copenhagen University in 2015 on the effects of football training for men with prostate cancer. Nearly 20 years of experience in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for patients with cancer and neurological diseases.



Maysa de Sousa

-is a sports nutrition researcher at the Endocrinology Division, School of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her research interests focus on the impact of nutritional and physical training interventions on physical performance, hormonal and molecular modulations in athletes, and to improve health in chronic metabolic disease.


May-Britt Skoradal

-is currently a PhD Student at the Centre of Health Sciences at the University of the Faroe Islands. She is also part of the the University of Southern Denmark’s Football Fitness Research Network. May-Britt’s PhD Project involves RCT of hypertensive middle-aged women, 55-70-year-old women and men with prediabetes, and 11-year-old schoolchildren, all including football as exercise intervention to promote health.
May-Britt has extensive experience as a diabetes nurse and she has been teaching on the Nursing course at the University of the Faroe Islands for many years.


Morten B. Randers

-is an associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, and guest professor at the University of Tromso, The Norwegian Arctic University. He earned his PhD in 2011 from the University of Copenhagen with the thesis “Physiological demands, fitness effects and cardiovascular health benefits of recreational football.” He has authored ~60 original research articles in the field of football – fitness and health effects for untrained and recreational players as well as testing and performance enhancement in elite football players. He has worked as fitness coach in a Danish Premier League club and for the Danish elite referees.


Malte Nejst Larsen

-M.Sc., PhD in Human Physiology focusing on football and other types of exercises in terms of health promotion for all children as well as physical and technical demands of youth players. Currently holding a position as teaching assistant professor at the department of sports science and clinical biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark.




Anne-Marie Elbe

-is full professor of sport psychology at Leipzig University, Germany. Her previous posts were at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Northumbria University, Newcastle in the UK and at the University of Potsdam, Germany. She received her PhD from the Free University in Berlin, Germany in 2001 and her habilitation (post-doctoral lectureship qualification) from the University of Potsdam in 2005. Her publications and research interests focus on motivational and self-regulatory aspects of athletic performance, doping, health aspects of team sports and the integrative role of sports. Anne-Marie Elbe is President of FEPSAC (The European Federation of Sport Psychology), associate editor for Science and Medicine in Football and on the editorial board of Psychology of Sport and Exercise.


Carlo Castagna

-received his PhD from the university of Granada (Spain, 2012) and University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy, 2015) on physiology of Futsal and Training-Load analyses in Football, respectively. He works since 2004 as lecturer and researcher at the School of Sport and Exercise Science of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy). He is head sport-scientist of the fitness and technical department of the Italian Football Referees Association (AIA-FIGC) since 2007. Since 2011 he is the head of the Football Training and Biomechanics Laboratory of the Technical Department of the Italian Football Association (FIGC) located in Coverciano (Florence). His current main research interests are physiology of training, match analysis, field-testing and training-load optimization for elite, young and recreational soccer players and referees of different competitive levels. He has published 150 papers indexed on PubMed with an H-index of 57.



Susana Póvoas

-is an Assistant Professor at the University Institute of Maia and member of the Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development, in Portugal. Her research is focused on tracking, testing and performance enhancement of youth and elite-level team sports athletes and on physical activity and exercise, including the effects of recreational team sports on health and physical fitness of different populations across the lifespan. She is currently the international coordinator of the Handball4Health project and the national Portuguese coordinator of the Football Fitness programme.



Daniel Parnell

-is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Business at the University of Liverpool Management School. He gained his PhD from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. His research interests lie in sport business management and policy and be has a growing interest in examining social and economic networks in sport. Dan is the co-founder and editor of The Football Collective, a global network of football scholars. Dan serves as Associate Editor of Managing Sport and Leisure, alongside a number of other editorial positions. Dan has published research articles on subjects ranging from corporate social responsibility in sport, through to the impact of the economic downturn on sport. He has also edited a number of books and special issues, is a co-editor of the Routledge Book series "Critical Research in Football Book Series" and recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Football Business and Management.


Don Kirkendall

-Ph.D., FACSM, is an exercise physiologist. Don is also a lifelong player and licensed coach with a PhD in exercise science who continued his love of The Beautiful Game’ by studying soccer on multiple levels. With over 80 published peer-reviewed publications, many focused on soccer, Don brings a broad perspective on training, nutrition, and specific topics in football medicine. He is a Member of F-MARC and sits on the US Soccer Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. Don Kirkendall is one of the early pioneers in soccer research.




Pasqualina Buono

-Professor of Human Movement Sciences, University “Parthenope”, Napoli, Italy. Team leader of research lines focused on:  genetic and epigenetic determinants of human obesity, new molecular biomarkers in the fight against GH or DEHA doping and molecular responses to exercise and sport training. She was P.I. at CEINGE-biotecnologie avanzate, scarl, and Scientific Collaborator of IRCCS SDN Foundation, Napoli, Italy. Professor of Human Movement Sciences, Department of Movement Sciences and Wellbeing, University “Parthenope”.


Søren Bennike

-is holding a position as Project Lead for Research and Knowledge at the Danish Football Association. He is a former Post-Doctoral researcher at the 'Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports' and 'Copenhagen Centre for Team Sport and Health' at the University of Copenhagen. He completed a PhD degree in 2016 in Humanities and Social Sport Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. His main research areas were rooted in policy and politics, institutions and organisations, implementation and innovation – all related to sport.


João Brito

-is the physiologist for the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). João completed his Ph.D. in Sport Sciences at the University of Porto. He joined the FPF in 2014 to lead applied sport sciences, and was the exercise physiologist for Portugal during the EURO 2016. He collaborates with several domestic and international academic institutions, and has been involved with coaching education in UEFA A and Pro License courses. João is an active researcher, with special interests on monitoring training and competition loads, fatigue and recovery, injury prevention and recreational football for health. Previously, João worked as physiologist in the Football for Excellence Programme, National Sports Medicine Programme in Aspetar – Qatar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, in Doha.