The role of compliance is very influential in how effective the FIFA 11+ programme was at reducing injury. Studies have shown that there is a statistically significant difference reached between groups and an inverse relationship between the compliance with the FIFA 11+ programme and injury rate. 24,25 The greater the team compliance to the programme, the lower the injury rate within that respective cohort.
Getting the buy-in of the coach is the key to successful implementation of injury-prevention strategies in football. Teams whose coaches had attended an education workshop were more likely to complete the programme that those who had been given access to the educational website. Video, DVD and printed materials are, however, still useful strategies, especially where financial and geographic limitations make coach education impossible.