Anja Pfluger

is a research assistant at the International Football Institute for all topics in the field of sports science and its education and training. The sports science graduate deals with topics such as individual load management in professional soccer and works intensively on the further development and professionalization of women’s soccer. She also represents the interface to professional (women’s) soccer and its research areas. Her tasks also include the conception, implementation, realization and further development of existing and new subject areas of education and training in the field of sports science.

Academic background

  • 2016 – 2019 Master of Science (M.Sc.) Sport and Exercise Science Diagnostics and Training at the Technical University of Munich

  • 2012 – 2016 Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Sports Science at the Technical University of Munich

  • 2017 – 2018 Advanced training in Management Basics at the IWW Institute Hagen

Steinheilstraße 8, 85737 Ismaning

Professional experience

  • Since 01/2024 Research assistant in the Department of Education and Training at the International Football Institute, Ismaning

  • 03/2018 – 12/2019 Research assistant at the Chair and Polyclinic for Preventive and Rehabilitative Sports Medicine and Sports Cardiology at the TU Munich, Klinikum rechts der Isar

  • 07/2017 – 02/2018 Sports scientist at Physioline Sport & Prävention GmbH (focus on performance diagnostics and training)

  • 11/2017 Isokinetics training at proxomed® Medizintechnik

  • 08-10/2016 Internship at Speedclub München GmbH (focus on speed training for athletes)

  • 10/2015 – 02/2016 Training in lactate diagnostics and spiroergometry at the TUM

  • 11/2014 – 10/2016 Working student at ARD-Werbung Sales & Services GmbH (focus on advertising & sponsoring in sports)

  • 11/2014 Myofascial taping at the Physio Training Academy

  • 03-04/2014 Internship at Monaco Sports GbR (focus on sports marketing and athlete management)

Sports Career

  • 07/2022 – today: Professional soccer player at SGS Essen

  • 07/2020 – 06/2022: Professional soccer player at 1. FC Köln

  • 07/2011 – 06/2020: Professional soccer player at FC Bayern Munich

  • 2015 – 2018: German national student team

  • 2004 – 2012: German U-national teams

Selected References Projects

  • Patron of the “joie de vivre” project with Charity11 since 2018


  • Kesting, S., Weeber, P., Schönfelder, M., Pfluger, A., Wackerhage, H., & von Luettichau, I. (2022). Hochintensives Intervalltraining (HIIT) bei Kindern und Jugendlichen während einer akuten Krebsbehandlung – eine Pilot-Machbarkeitsstudie. Cancers, 14(6), 1468.