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The aim of this study was to determine whether measures of countermovement jump variables obtained from a force platform can be used to monitor the time-course of recovery from match fatigue in an individual athlete. One female football player performed 60 jumps over four days on a Kistler force platform to produce baseline measures of jump variables. A football match was then played to induce neuromuscular fatigue and the player’s recovery from the match was monitored by recording about 100 jumps over several days following the match. Some jump variables showed evidence of a change immediately after a match but the changes were not substantial. The jump data did not show clear evidence of an exponential recovery to baseline after the match. Any patterns in the recovery data were probably random fluctuations rather than true trends in the data. We conclude that the time-course of recovery for this player was too small to detect using the selected countermovement jump variables in the days after a football match.