ISSPF Partners with East Tennessee State University

ISSPF officially partners with East Tennessee State University to provide accreditation and endorsement for online soccer coaching education courses

US soccer remains a hotbed of talent from a player development perspective within the men’s and women’s soccer industry. Whether players come through the MLS, USL or NWSL side of the game, the player pathway leading into elite level European clubs has never been more apparent.

The need to continue to provide the next generation of players with the best possible coaching techniques, knowledge and practitioning is the target, especially as we see young USMNT talents emerge such as the youthful Timothy Weah, Giovanni Reyna, Christian Pulisic & Weston McKinnie to name but a few breaking through to become household names in European clubs.

Furthermore, continuing the conveyor belt of talent in producing the successful and experienced female soccer players known the world over, such as Becky Sauerbrunn, Lindsey Horan, Megan Rapinoe & Alex Morgan is vital for the progression of US soccer.

Soccer coaches, sport scientists, fitness trainers or physical therapists aspiring to work at the cutting edge of sport understand the need to be familiar with nutrition, psychology, injury prevention, strength and conditioning development.

As a result of this innovation and thirst for knowledge, has led to the official collaboration & agreement between the Centre for Excellence in Sports Science and Coach Education at East Tennessee State University & globally acclaimed International Soccer Science and Performance Federation (ISSPF) to provide bespoke, online sport performance, soccer science training courses & resources delivered by leading international academic & performance professionals.

The online courses are developed and delivered by some of the leading sport science and soccer coaching practitioners from associations & the elite level around the world such: Manchester United FC, Olympiakos, Boca Juniors, Chelsea, Trabzonspor, Besiktas, Leicester City, Dynamo Moscow, SL Benfica, FC Rennes, Porto, England Football Association, Spanish Soccer Federation, Major League Soccer 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. The University endorsed & accredited courses provide content & insights into the workings of team sport performance coaching covering: NutritionPsychology and Mental Skills TrainingYouth & Athletic DevelopmentTeam Sport Training Methodology, Fitness & Conditioning Training, Tactical Analysis, Talent Identification, Goalkeeper Coaching Science and Injury Reduction & Return to Play. Clive Brewer, former High Performance Director of MLS club Columbus Crew & currently the Performance Director for the Centre of Excellence in Sports Science and Coaching Education at ETSU explained how he is:
“Our program contributes to the global interest for the need to educate coaches to target athletic performance, and we advocate for using an evidence-informed approach to address issues surrounding this. As such, we pride ourselves on our relationships with industry experts and this link with ISSPF will allow us to further expand our learning options for those who aspire to work at the highest level of the game.

“We are also excited to be able to provide coaches with continuing education credits from our university is an important part of their ongoing development. We are collaborating to provide numerous exciting resources in addition to certification courses & online masters programs, that provide coaches, sports scientists, physiotherapists, S & C staff, as well as medical practitioners with exposure to best practice. This is a fantastic initiative, and I am excited that ETSU can contribute to the applied soccer education here in the USA.”
East Tennessee State University
Clive Brewer
Performance Director, Centre of Excellence in Sports Science and Coaching Education, ETSU
The education program for Applied Sports Sciences at ETUS is grounded in the opportunity for students to gain applied practice with Division 1 teams, as well as studying and advancing the field of sports science through research led by World renowned expert Prof. Michael Stone, former Head of Physiology at the United States Olympic Committee.
“Coaches who understand the science are far better placed to deliver the art of coaching and enhancing performance, and the ISSPF’s desire to enhance this practice aligns with our mission to advance scientific practice in all sports, so we are excited to be involved in this collaboration.

“For example, a number of our students here work full-time in soccer, collecting data, working with the coaches and players on and off the field to make them better every day, and using the data collected from this to drive research that informs coaches and other practitioners everywhere of the opportunities for performance enhancement”.
East Tennessee State University
Prof. Michael Stone

The educational outcome and provided with the collaboration are open to almost anyone involved in sport, soccer, 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 soccer or soccer education organisation, ISSPF is seen as the trusted partner of elite, semi-professional, amateur and youth soccer clubs, international federations, as well as colleges, universities and training institutes worldwide.

An official announcement on behalf of ISSPF confirmed the excitement of the agreement with ETSU:

“We are delighted to partner with ETSU. We are extremely excited to play a fundamental part in the development of online sport and soccer science & coaching related individuals in a region known for its love of the game & an area with track records of coach & performance staff development.

“The opportunity to assist in the development of soccer coaching & team sport enthusiasts, practitioners, in addition to the students and learners with the ETSU fraternity, and USA in general is one ISSPF are highly motivated to play a key role within.”

“The provision of our bespoke online soccer science & performance 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 sport science knowledge, and assisting the career prospects through the academic pathway ETSU provides.

“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 soccer 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 East Tennessee State University accredited & endorsed ISSPF courses or partnership, further information is provided via social media links here @ISSPFed or at

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