Carlo Castagna received his PhD from the university of Granada (Spain) and University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy) on physiology of Futsal and Training-Load analyses in Football respectively. He is head sport-scientist of the fitness and technical department of the Italian Football Referees Association (AIA-FIGC) since 2007.
From 2008 is sport science collaborator for the FIFA-MARC refereeing department and FIFA Referee Fitness Instructor since 2012. With the role of training-load analyst of FIFA match officials Carlo Castagna participated on behalf of FIFA F-MARC at the London 2012 Olympics Football Tournament, FIFA U20 World Cup 2013 (Turkey), FIFA WC 2014 (Brazil) and FIFA U17 WC 2015 (Chile). From 2008 to 2012 Carlo Castagna was Consultant of the Olympic Training Department of the Italian Olympic Committee for Team-Sports.
He works (2004-2011, 2014 now) as lecturer and researcher at the School of Sport and Exercise Science of the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome. Italy). For the same University he was coordinator of the Team Sport Research Area. Carlo Castagna is (since 2011) the head of the Football Training and Biomechanics Laboratory of the Technical Department of the Italian Football Association (FIGC) located in Coverciano (Florence).
In this position he assessed the fitness level of all male and female Italian youth national teams and of the Female Italian National team. His main research interests in soccer relates to match analysis, field-testing and training-load optimization for elite and young soccer players (National and Club teams) and referees (Elite, National and Regional Level).
Carlo Castagna since 2011 is member of the International Advisory Research Board for the Copenhagen Centre for Team-Sport and Health (University of Copenhagen, DK). He act as invited reviewer for several international scholar journals and he is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Sport Medicine and Physical Fitness since 2007. He published (at June 2018) 145 papers (IF 335.001, RGS 42.28, HI 51) focusing on team-sports performance, mainly football, in impacted journals indexed on PubMed.