Foundation Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills Training

The Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills Training introduces you to the knowledge, methods & techniques used by elite clubs to build motivation, focus and confidence while protecting the mental well-being of its players

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In This Course You Will Learn:

  • The role of psychology
  • Energy management
  • Focus, attention & concentration
  • Player motivation
  • Team cohesion & communication
  • Self-confidence
  • Using imagery
  • Coach self-reflection

LEARNING PACE

SELF-PACED COURSE

COURSE LANGUAGE

ENGLISH

ACADEMIC & CLUB PARTNERS

We work in association with respected clubs and academic institutions

Course Modules

Each on-demand lesson is delivered by an elite-level coach and contains the soccer-specific knowledge, techniques and strategies that you can apply to your training sessions and match day plans.

TRAINING ENVIRONMENT - PART A

Delivered by Dr Alena Grushko

In this lecture you’ll increase your knowledge about the general sports psychology world. How performance enhancement processes are applied in sports psychology. In the context of soccer you’ll discover mental skills training and social skills training, perceptual-cognitive training and some further instrumental methods.

Delivered by Omer Ates

Lapses of concentration lead to mistakes on the field, some end up as game changers. In this lecture Omer Ates explains what the various types of attentional focus are, what can be some of the psychological distractors which effect players. But crucially, you’ll discover techniques to improve your players concentration thus minimising and even avoiding those costly lapses.

Delivered by Ricardo Pires

In the lecture, you will examine what is cohesion and how you identify the different dimensions of cohesion. Team cohesion is multi faceted, so in this lecture we’ll explore together a model of cohesion and also the correlational factors and outcomes. Watch a successful team in full flight and you can see these factors and outcomes in real life, however, in this lecture, you’ll understand the dynamics between cohesion and performance and how you can develop cohesion in your squad. One key skill in developing this is excellent communication skills which is another topic within this lecture.

Delivered by Omer Ates

In an earlier lecture Omer looked at Focus, Attention and Concentration, in this lecture you’ll explore the specific skill of using imagery. You may have heard the saying by Napoleon Hill “Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve.” To fully execute this you need to understand how imagery works, what factors can affect its effectiveness and why imagery has can have a positive or negative impact on performance. Practically at the end of this lecture you’ll be able to create an imagery script with your players and squad.

Delivered by Ricardo Pires

With the highs and lows experienced during the season and indeed each game, energy management is key. In this lecture, you’ll discover the concepts of arousal, anxiety and stress. Each of these concepts differ from each other and it’s important that you can identify them. You’ll learn what are the potential sources of stress and anxiety and the four stage of the stress process. Performance in your players requires a level of arousal and anxiety… you’ll learn some practical ways of applying these factors in your sessions.

Delivered by Sarah Murray

An extremely practical lecture, Sarah will guide you through the three stages of player motivation, exploring what goal setting is, why does goal setting work and it’s impact at an individual level and how you can practically implement SMART goal setting in your team environment. Specifically in this lecture, you’ll learn about multiple goal setting strategies, how to structure goals with context, how to measure and review goals and crucially how you can support your players through this process.

Delivered by Sion Rowlands

Self belief is key to player and team success, but it’s not just something that is turned on and off in the competitive environment. In this lecture, Sion explores with you what is self confidence and it’s an important factor in your players performances. You can have a massive impact both positively and negatively on a players self confidence, so it’s vital that you know what an intervention is and how to use them to get the most out of your players.

Delivered by Thomas Pratl

Soccer management can be a very rewarding and brutal environment. Having the ability to let go of mistakes and poor decisions as a coach while also reflecting on what you could change is important. Likewise, maintaining confidence in the face of adversity is a vital component of a coach and managers makeup. You are the leader of a wider group and how you cope and manage these various situations impacts on all around you. In this lecture, you’ll discover a better understanding of self reflection, what strategies you can implement and how they can affect your coaching behaviour.

GAME ENVIRONMENT - PART B​

Delivered by Jyri Niemenen

In Module 1, you’ll look at scanning & field information, game references & decision making processes. You’ll also explore tactical understanding, training the player and structuring the content.

Delivered by Ivan KovčićIvan Kovčić goalkeeper coaching

In Module 3, you’ll look at both team and individual development whilst also learning more about isolated and integrated training. You’ll also discover how to detect problems with references and implement specific content.

Delivered by Andy Quy

In Module 5, you’ll look into the demands of the Goalkeeper during set-plays including the key physical components, training and specific power development.

Delivered by Ivan KovčićIvan Kovčić goalkeeper coaching

In Module 7, you’ll look at specific soccer language and quality goalkeeping actions You’ll also look at in-training and opponent analysis, finding out how to be ready to adapt and develop.

Delivered by Matt NewtonMatt Newton football

In Module 9, you’ll look at the physical competencies of the Goalkeeper and injury epidemiology & etiology. Find out how to assess injury risk and strength and condition your programme.

Delivered by Lee Baxter

In Module 2, you’ll look at the key principles & objectives of a Goalkeeper coach. Find out more about the ‘Keepers Corner’ – a holistic approach and how to manage your working process and surroundings.

Delivered by Fabian Otte

In Module 4, you’ll look at goalkeeper skill & performance training research, findings and discussion. Find out which specific match warm up phases to use and why.

Delivered by Dr. T-EckenTanja Ecken

In Module 6, you’ll look at the importance of resilience & adversity in high-performance soccer. Find out how to use the resilience framework and how to avoid negative performance.

Delivered by Andy Quy

In Module 8, you’ll look at the demands of the Goalkeeper during set-plays. Explore the key physical components, functional training and primary movements.

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Steve McClaren

Manchester Utd

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Ringo Wu

AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate

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Kari Ukkonen

UEFA Professional License

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Head of Coach Education, Football Association of Finland, UEFA, Helsinki, Finland
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Vin Blaine

CONCACAF

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Leo Lucas da Silva

Level-2 License

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Youth Academy Coach, Botafogo de Futebol, Brazil
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Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United

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Oriol Gonzales

UEFA Professional License

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Head Coach & Technical Director, Angkor Tigers FC, Asian Champions League, Cambodian Superleague, Cambodia
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Jingze Quan

AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate

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Director of Youth Development Coaching, Eagles River FC, Yanbian, Jilin, China
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Woody Jacobs

SAFA Level 1 Diploma

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Assistant Manager & Coach Developer, Namibian National Soccer Association, Namibia
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Susan Lockyear

FFA Advanced Coaching License

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Lorenzo Francini

MSc

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Head of Performance, AC Milan, Women’s Division, Italy
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Peter McDonnell

UEFA A License

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Claudio Donatelli

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Tony Merola

UEFA A License

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Boys ECNL Director – Tulsa Soccer Club, USA
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Individuals tasked with the responsibility for the training & coaching aspects of both individual players and teams
  • Individuals with an interest in developing their knowledge in the preparation, training & development of individual soccer players and teams
  • Sport psychologists keen to understand more about soccer science & football training.
  • Understanding the key components of what drives coaches, players, & athletes to succeed is of paramount importance
  • Developing strategies in order to prepare individuals for both training & competitive games from a psychological perspective is of great benefit to coaches & practitioners
  • Coaches & performance practitioners can make huge advances in this under-applied area of coaching & sport science
  • This course is developed specifically to enhance the coaching & performance process
  • All practitioners & coaches can only benefit themselves & their players even further by having a more in-depth knowledge of applied psychology & mental skills training development
  • May help us to maximise our decision making through a better understanding & appreciation of psychological & mental skill principles

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