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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

Your Soccer PSYCHOLOGY Faculty

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.

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1. Motivational climate within a performance environment

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.

2. Pressurised environments: Decision making processes

Daniel DymondDelivered 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.

3. Emotional intelligence within the soccer environment

Thomas PratlDelivered 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.

4. Player Motivation: Goal Setting in Soccer

Jorge David Mora AnzolaDelivered 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

5. Resilience in soccer: Dealing with adversity

Tanja EckenDelivered 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.

6. Guiding player development in soccer: The role of the coach

Martin MacháčekDelivered 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!

7. Understanding different soccer personalities: Coach & player integration
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.

8. Talent identification: Observation & assessment in training & competition
Pedro AssisDelivered 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.

9. Soccer specific skill acquisition: Long term player development pathway

Jorge David Mora AnzolaDelivered 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.

10. Leadership and Culture for High Performance Soccer

Max LankheitDelivered 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.

The difference between great players and average players can often be seen in their mastery of the mental aspect and dealing with adversity.

The Intermediate Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills Training course has been developed by some of the most respected soccer psychologists and mental skills practitioners to help players and coaches develop in the mental aspect of the game.

This course covers 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

The focus of the course is as follows:

  • Provides latest research findings, most efficient training methods & detailed insights into sport psychology;
  • Maximise the developmental aspects of sports participation & understanding the systemic
    issues associated with sports settings and organizations.

Who is this course designed for?
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.
How long is the course?
This is a 16-hour course providing a deep understanding and best practices that can be applied to your own team environment to maximise performance and protect the mental well-being of your players.

Is my progress logged through the course?
After each lecture there is a short multiple-choice test designed to cement your learning. You can access your test results at anytime through your course progress area.

Can I stop/pause a presentation part way through?
Yes, the course is completely flexible. You can go back to a module at anytime and continue from where you left off.

Can I take the modules in any order?
No. The course follows a set structure that must be studied in numerical order. You can only access the next module once you have completed the previous module test.

Is there a time limit on the course?
Yes. This course has a 12-month access limit. You can access the course 24/7 within this period.

Will I get a certificate to show that I have passed the course?
Yes, you will receive a pass certificate provided you have attained the minimum pass grade of 75%.

If you have any further questions, please Contact Us.

 

The Intermediate Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills is fully accredited with the following recognised associations and ensures the study hours will contribute to the achievement of a formal accreditation and continued professional development.


Accredited by British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA) 

The course will also be accepted towards the revalidation for the BVIFA-CONCACAF Level D-B courses.

British Virgin Islands Football Association

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SUMMARY

The difference between great players and average players can often be seen in their mastery of the mental aspect and dealing with adversity.

The Intermediate Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills Training course has been developed by some of the most respected soccer psychologists and mental skills practitioners to help players and coaches develop in the mental aspect of the game.

This course covers the following key areas of Soccer Psychology:

Motivational Climate
Decision Making Processes
Emotional Intelligence
Psychology of Injury
Resilience in Soccer
The Role of the Coach
Understanding Personalities
Talent Identification
Skill Acquisition
Leadership and Culture

FOCUS

The focus of the course is as follows:

  • Provides latest research findings, most efficient training methods & detailed insights into sport psychology;
  • Maximise the developmental aspects of sports participation & understanding the systemic
    issues associated with sports settings and organizations.

FAQ

Who is this course designed for?
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.
How long is the course?
This is a 16-hour course providing a deep understanding and best practices that can be applied to your own team environment to maximise performance and protect the mental well-being of your players.

Is my progress logged through the course?
After each lecture there is a short multiple-choice test designed to cement your learning. You can access your test results at anytime through your course progress area.

Can I stop/pause a presentation part way through?
Yes, the course is completely flexible. You can go back to a module at anytime and continue from where you left off.

Can I take the modules in any order?
No. The course follows a set structure that must be studied in numerical order. You can only access the next module once you have completed the previous module test.

Is there a time limit on the course?
Yes. This course has a 6-month access limit. You can access the course 24/7 within this period.

Will I get a certificate to show that I have passed the course?
Yes, you will receive a pass certificate provided you have attained the minimum pass grade of 75%.

If you have any further questions, please Contact Us.

 

* ACCREDITATION

The Certificate in Soccer Psychology & Mental Skills is fully accredited with the following recognised associations and ensures the study hours will contribute to the achievement of a formal accreditation and continued professional development.


Accredited by British Virgin Islands Football Association (BVIFA) 

The course will also be accepted towards the revalidation for the BVIFA-CONCACAF Level D-B courses.

British Virgin Islands Football Association

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Italian National Team

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(UEFA A License)

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(UEFA Professional License)

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Vin Blaine

(CONCACAF) Director of Football & Coach Education, US Virgin Islands Soccer Association, FIFA Coach Educator, US Virgin Islands

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(Level-2 License)

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(UEFA A License)

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(UEFA Professional License)

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(AFC ‘B’ Coaching Certificate)

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(SAFA Level 1 Diploma)

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

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(FFA Advanced Coaching License)

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Lorenzo Francini

(MSc)

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Peter McDonnell

(UEFA A License)

Assistant Soccer Coach - The University of Maine
Director of Coaching - Seacoast United Maine

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