ISSPF & Latvia FA Partnership Announcement

ISSPF officially partners with the Latvian football federation to provide accreditation & endorsement for online sport science & football coaching education courses

As football develops across the globe and continues to drive media interest & passion, across the Baltic regions there is a movement occurring with the aim of propelling the so-called smaller nations to ‘think-big’ in order to achieve relative success.

As some nations have already achieved success with player development & coaching education program, the Latvian Football Federation is undertaking a development in football progression.

Although Latvia are not known as a footballing powerhouse, and to many no players of Latvian origin are well-known to football fans across the world, the English Premier League still fondly remembers the Southampton FC striker Marian Pahars.

After a fantastic playing career spanning 16 years, Pahars became a pioneer within the Latvian game moving to play in the Premier League, and more importantly, is known as one of his nation’s greatest footballers to light the fire in young Latvian players.

Now working as Technical Director in the Latvian Football Federation, Pahars knows exactly what it takes to assist the next crop of talents within the country to progress in their careers both in the National Team and abroad, and as a result, the importance placed on coaching education and performance staff within the country has grown.

As part of this progression within the Latvijas Futbola federācija football coaches, fitness coaches, sport scientists, physios or physical therapists aspiring to work at the cutting edge of game developing the next generation of players need to be familiar with nutrition, psychology, injury prevention, strength, training methodology and conditioning development.

As a result of this innovation and thirst for knowledge in the federation, the official collaboration & agreement between the Latvian Football Federation & the globally acclaimed International Soccer Science and Performance Federation (ISSPF) to provide bespoke, online sport performance, football science training courses & resources delivered by leading international academic & performance professionals is now underway.

The online courses are developed and delivered by some of the leading sport science and football coaching practitioners from associations & the elite level around the world such: Manchester United FC, Olympiakos, Boca Juniors, Chelsea, Trabzonspor, Besiktas, Leicester City, SL Benfica, FC Rennes, Porto, England Football Association, Spanish Football Federation, Major League Football clubs and many more.

These specific courses are developed for coaches, support staff, learners and students from all levels of academic range, ability and knowledge in the Baltic region. The University endorsed & accredited courses provide content & insights into the workings of team sport performance coaching covering: NutritionPsychology & Mental Skills TrainingSport ManagementYouth & Athletic DevelopmentFootball Training Methodology, Fitness & Conditioning Training, Tactical Analysis, Talent Identification, Goalkeeper Coaching Science & Injury Reduction & Return to Play.

The former Latvian national team manager Marians Pahars explained how he is…

“Delighted to assist the federation and agree this link with the ISSPF. The partnership fits entirely with our philosophy of enhancing and providing cutting edge practical-based coaching content to our national & regional coaches in Latvia.

"We feel it will help educate further the coaches in our country which can only benefit our players in the longer term. This relationship furthers our drive for football coaching educational opportunities to provide a community of coaches with best practices and knowledge from experts around the world.

"We are also excited to be able to provide coaches with a continuing football education from the FA as part of their ongoing development. This is a fantastic initiative, and I am excited that LFF can contribute to the applied football education and development here in Latvia”
Latvian Football Association
Marians Pahars
Manager, Latvian Football Association
The coaching content and online courses provided with the partnership are open to almost anyone involved in sport, football or any other industry with an interest to further educate themselves. The courses are specifically designed online to provide first-class performance insights, continued professional development, extended learning & additional qualifications for individuals with a thirst to learn more.

As a leading online football or soccer educational organisation, ISSPF is seen as the trusted partner of elite, semi-professional, amateur and youth football clubs, international federations, as well as colleges, universities and training institutes worldwide.

An official statement on behalf of ISSPF confirmed the excitement of the agreement with the Latvijas Futbola federācija told how:

“We are delighted to partner with LFF. We are extremely excited to play a fundamental part in the development of online sport, football science & coaching-related individuals in a country known for its love of the game.

“The opportunity to assist in the development of football coaching & team sports enthusiasts, whilst providing courses aimed at improving the level of coaches, practitioners, students and learners within the Latvian football family is something ISSPF are delighted & motivated to play a key role within.

“The provision of our bespoke online football science & performance coaching courses, although accredited globally, are currently being taken & accessed by individuals around the world. We are proud to work together for the progression of all individuals interested in enhancing their applied coaching and performance science, or football coaching knowledge, and assisting their career prospects through ISSPF provision.

“Our courses cover a range of coaching interests from grassroots, through to the elite professional coaching level so are available to all.”
ISSPF Business Team

This exciting partnership will look to provide a unique and bespoke football-specific educational platform for all those wanting to expand upon their knowledge of the game. All courses can be performed whilst travelling or at home, at any time of the day and are generated around the learning time frame of the individual with their unique online format.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the ISSPF online sport science courses, and the Latvian Football Federation endorsed ISSPF courses or partnership, further information is provided via social media links here @ISSPFed or at

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