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Intermediate Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills Training

In this course you will learn the following key areas of Soccer Psychology:

1. Motivational Climate
2. Decision Making Processes
3. Emotional Intelligence
4. Psychology of Injury
5. Resilience in Soccer
6. The Role of the Coach
7. Understanding Personalities
8. Talent Identification
9. Skill Acquisition
10. Leadership and Culture


This Intermediate Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills course has been developed with some of the most respected coaches, sports psychologists, mental skill coaches, practitioners and academics working at the elite level.


Delivered by Sarah Murray

In Module One, you will understand & realise how motivational climate impacts the developing player and performance, the two types of climate, and understand how coaches create the climate within their team through and use the TARGET principle to develop task climate.

Delivered by Daniel Dymond

In Module Two, you will gain a foundational understanding of the brain under pressure, various types of decision making & specific processes, insights into the relationship between pressure & reactive decision making, and problematic decision-making processes and methods in order to make better decisions.

Delivered by Thomas Pratl

In Module Three of this course, you will be exposed to the understanding of emotional intelligence in sport, and how to maximise your own coaching influence. Being able to take the information provided in this module and implement it within your own environment and enhance coaching behaviour and practice is a key aspect of this module alongside self-development and action planning for you and your coaching staff.

Delivered by Jorge David Mora Anzola

In Module Four, you will know the importance of multidisciplinary work, understand & increase awareness of the injury process, understand the importance of psychological intervention in each recovery phase, ensure a holistic recovery is performed

Delivered by Dr. Tanja Ecken

In Module Five you will understand the different personal, psychosocial, academic and athletic challenges soccer players work through as they progress to the 1st team, understand how increased psychological pressures affect quality of sleep, rate of injuries and impact performance and why good coping strategies are essential and how to detect maladaptive coping skills.

Delivered by Martin Macháček

In Module Six, you will understand how to train players with greater efficiency, be able to focus on how your energy as a coach can influence the energy of the player, understand how to coach using key psychological skills and be able to highlight the need to be & act as a role model – in all aspects of coaching!

Delivered by Sion Rowlands

In Module Seven, you will have gained a better understanding of personality in the soccer environment, you will understand & focus around 5-Key Coaching Cs – commitment, communication, concentration, control & confidence and you will know how you can apply the 5c’s to your working scenarios & phases.

Delivered by Pedro Assis

In Module Eight, you will understand the definition of talent and what it means, the obstacles & issues arising with talent within sporting environments, finding talented individuals & where to look for it and the importance of observation: identifying the key information required.

Delivered by Jorge David Mora Anzola

In Module Nine, you will understand skill acquisition & the learning aspects, detect talent from a psychological perspective, the implications & techniques for the psychological integration and understand mental toughness.

Delivered by Max Lankheit

In Module Ten, you will know how to understand and assess your team and where it is in its development cycle, evaluate yourself and other leaders regarding their leadership style and how to adjust it to your teams needs, and how to apply systems thinking principles to your organization and how to move your team towards high performance.







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This course has been designed for beginner to elite level coaches who want the latest research findings, most efficient training methods for soccer specific psychology and mental skills training.

  • Are you tasked with the responsibility for the training & coaching aspects of both individual athletes or team sports?
  • Do you have an interest in developing knowledge in the preparation, training & development of individual athletes or team sports?
  • Are you a sports psychologist keen to understand more about football science & football training?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you!

The demand for sport psychologists & mental skills training specialists with a focus on football science is growing year upon year. Thousands of coaches, students & independent learners with qualifications, coaching badges & sport science degrees, are asking the key question – How do I get a job in football? What’s the next step? Which area of sport science do I want to specialise in? What is the role of sports psychologist?

The bespoke courses developed by ISSPF Faculty members are a way of further exposing sport science students, individuals working within the game & other football science enthusiasts with a thirst to develop further in this area.

  • 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.

ISSPF courses are not only recommended by universities and federations around the world, but they are delivered by some of the leading practitioners in the game which will provide some cutting edge methods and industry overview on dealing with specific aspects of performance coaching and development largely including physical training in a team sport environment. ISSPF are working at accrediting all their courses through academic and footballing institutes in order to provide additional academic currency to the learner.

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