Sports psychology skills for coaches and managers (CAS)

  • Flexible alongside sport & job

  • Top lecturers from professional soccer
  • Prestigious certificate in German-speaking soccer

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Sports psychology skills for coaches and managers (CAS)

  • Flexible alongside sport & job

  • Top lecturers from the Bundesliga & European soccer

  • Prestigious certificate in German-speaking soccer

Starts in October 2024 in Hamburg

Starts in October 2024 in Hamburg

With sports psychology to success

What can I do as a coach to instill a winning mentality in my team? What methods are there to deal with pressure in the best possible way? How can I best prepare my team mentally for important games or a penalty shootout? How do I turn a group into a functioning team that can outgrow itself as a unit? What can we do in the club to ensure that all employees work together successfully in the long term?

You are a coach or in another leading position in the club and want to support teams, players and employees to show optimal performance and to be successful in the long run? In addition to soccer expertise, this requires interpersonal skills and knowledge of (sports) psychological methods. “Coaches are in demand as psychologists” and “Games are decided in the mind” are phrases that you read and hear again and again. Many trainers and managers feel that there is still hidden potential in this area, but do not feel optimally prepared for this part of their work.

This is exactly the gap we want to close with this program Scientifically sound methods, practical findings and experience from the field of sports psychology are prepared by experienced sports psychologists in such a way that you can implement them immediately in your club.

Thanks to the unique semi-virtual study concept (e-learning and attendance phases), you can also complete our modern further education while working. Our motto is: From professionals for professionals.

It is therefore best to register immediately for the next certificate course.

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TOP LECTURES FROM THE SPORT PSYCHOLOGY INDUSTRY

GUEST SPEAKER FROM THE FOOTBALL INDUSTRY

THE PARTICIPANTS OF OUR CERTIFICATES RATE US

Grade 1,51 Ø

Quality of the lecturers

Grade 1,71 Ø

Individual support

Grade 1,96 Ø

Learning Platform/Virtual Phase

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Overall impression of the face-to-face event

OUR PARTICIPANTS RATE US

Grade 1,51 Ø

Quality of the lecturers

Grade 1,71 Ø

Individual support

Grade 1,96 Ø

Learning Platform/Virtual Phase

Grade 1,66 Ø

Overall impression of the face-to-face event

YOUR ADVANTAGES: YOUR TEAM, YOURSELF AND YOUR CLUB BENEFIT

Participants in the CAS “Sports Psychology Skills for Coaches and Managers” expand and improve the key skills for their field of activity. The know-how acquired in the institute certificate offers participants a fundamental advantage over their competitors and creates confidence among the decision-makers of a club.

As part of the CAS, you will focus intensively on your leadership style, because successful coaches and managers are “people-catchers”. This requires both a supportive attitude and methodological competence, e.g. in the areas of communication and conflict management. In the program, we will support you in an application-oriented and practical way.

Coaches can create and promote mental strength in their players and the team or destroy it. In the program, you will learn what you can do to promote mental strength in your players and the team, based on specific situations from everyday soccer. Get to know the tips and tricks of sports psychologists.

Strong teams do not develop on their own. In the certificate, you will not only learn how to build and develop a strong team, but also how to establish a performance-enhancing team identity and team culture in the long term.

Every leader must also lead themselves. Learn how you can use sport psychological methods for emotion regulation and for your own stress management, so that you can still be a committed leader many years from now.

The long-term success of a club is based on the commitment of competent employees and dedicated players. Supportive structures and processes within the club play a major role in this. In the program we therefore also deal with how these can be created and installed.

  • EXCLUSIVITY
    Deepen your expert status in soccer & set yourself apart from your competition thanks to exclusive learning content

  • NETWORK
    Benefit from our relationships with key decision makers in top-level soccer & expand your personal network

  • SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE
    Learn from top people with expertise from the Bundesliga, DFB and European club soccer

  • FLEXIBILITY
    Use modern e-learning & educate yourself comfortably besides sports & job

  • PRACTICALITY
    Gain insights into the daily challenges of people with expertise & use these insights for your daily work routine

  • PRESTIGE
    Sichere Dir ein europaweit staatlich anerkanntes Zertifikat, das europaweit anerkannt ist und ein hohes Ansehen im europäischen Fußball genießt

SHORT PROFIL OF THE CAS “SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY SKILLS FOR COACHES AND MANAGERS”

  • ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
    (University entrance qualification or vocational training and at least three years of professional experience. Persons without a university entrance qualification can also be admitted to the CAS under certain conditions (more under “Target group“)

  • RANGE OF SERVICES
    18 ECTS credits (creditable at selected universities)

  • LEARNING CONCEPT
    Blended Learning (Online+Presence)

  • COURSE FEES
    3,465 € (including 199 € registration fee)
    Per month 377,50 €

  • TARGET GROUP
    Persons working in performance-oriented football, mainly in management positions such as coaches, assistant coaches, athletic trainers, club and team managers, sports directors, heads of educational or medical departments, coordinators,
    Students from the fields of psychology and sports science

  • CONTACT
    Frauke Wilhelm

  • STUDY LOCATION
    Hamburg

  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE
    until September 17, 2024

  • STARTING DATE
    October 01, 2024

  • COURSE DURATION
    6 months (3×3 attendance days)

  • COURSE DATES
    Module 1: 15 – 17 October 2024
    Module 2: 25 – 27 November 2024
    Module 3: 20 – 22 January 2025

  • MODEL OF STUDY
    Part-time

TARGET GROUP OF THE CERTIFICATE “SPORT PSYCHOLOGY FOR COACHES AND MANAGERS

The CAS is a professional training and further education program and is primarily aimed at managers in performance-oriented soccer, both in the senior and youth sectors.

Members of the functional team, such as physiotherapists or coaches, will also benefit from the program and be able to apply much of the content directly in their day-to-day work.

Prerequisites for participation in the CAS are a university entrance qualification or completed vocational training in a recognized profession that is conducive to the course, at least three years of professional experience that is conducive to the course, a keen interest in soccer and sports psychology and experience in professional soccer. Applicants without a university entrance qualification but with a professional qualification can also be admitted to the CAS under certain conditions. In these cases, an institute certificate is issued instead of a CAS certificate with ECTS points.

EXPERIENCE REPORTS & GRADUATES’ VOICES

“I was very pleased that the IFI offered a comprehensive training course on sports psychology in football for the first time. After the certificate, I can say that my high expectations were definitely met. I met a lot of exciting participants and top lecturers during the six months. I particularly liked the fact that the lecturers all brought a lot of practical experience with them and were therefore able to give us not only theoretical basics, but above all lots of practical tips and application examples. For me, the contents were also immediately integrated into my everyday life as a sports director. I continue to firmly believe that sports psychology skills are essential for managing players and coaches and can recommend this certificate to any active coach or manager.”

“In my opinion, the training and the entire course were a complete success. The content was very comprehensive and practical. At the same time, the organisation was outstandingly planned! A lot of praise goes to the director, Frauke Wilhelm. I was able to learn a lot about myself as a coach, as well as how to interact with players and colleagues, and I’m really looking forward to incorporating the knowledge I’ve gained into my daily work.”

“In all areas of life, including sport, the inner processes are the basis of interpersonal relationships. For this reason, I believe that sports psychology is an elementarily important component of competitive sport. The IFI certificate gave me a very exciting overview of the most important topics in this field, from which I was able to take away a lot for my job, but also for my private life. The guest lecturers have always brought good input from the field. The group was lively and inspiring discussions arose, which were super moderated by Frauke. So I can definitely recommend the certificate.”

“The certificate was very worthwhile for several reasons, some of which are mentioned here: exciting and instructive content and contributions from guest speakers, well-coordinated, sensible and practice-oriented implementation of the entire event, by Frauke Wilhelm and diverse participants from and with different areas of action and experience. I think it’s very important to raise awareness of the contents and topics and to develop further as a result. Based on the above reasons, the certificate was very profitable and recommendable for me.”

„Ich habe mir vom Zertifikat Sportpsychologische Kompetenzen versprochen, theoretisches Wissen und vor allem praktische Anwendungsmöglichkeiten rundum das Thema Sportpsychologie zu erhalten, die mir, als Fußballtrainer, in der täglichen Arbeit weiterhelfen können. Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Die Dozenten, allen voran Programmleiterin Frauke Wilhelm, waren super. Sie vermittelten klasse Inhalte und gingen auf individuelle Fragen perfekt ein. Die zusätzlich zur Verfügung gestellten Lerninhalte auf der Onlineplattform haben mein Lernerlebnis optimal abgerundet. Trainern und Verantwortlichen im Fußball kann ich die Fortbildung absolut empfehlen.”

“I can only recommend the further education in sports psychology for coaches and managers. The training is characterised by top lecturers, a good atmosphere and practice-oriented content. The methods and contents taught can be applied directly in one’s own environment, which makes this training so valuable. Similarly, the practical relevance provided a good mix of theoretical and practical content and opened up space for discussion among the participants and the lecturers, who were able to bring in real examples from their own work through their experience in the field.”

YOUR LEARNING CONTENT IN THE CASE “SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY FOR COACHES AND MANAGERS”

Those who complete the CAS have gained a comprehensive insight into the methodological toolbox of sports psychology and know how to use it. They have also improved their social skills in the area of leadership, management

and communication and gained new knowledge on how to optimize processes and structures within the club.
The contents are exclusively taught by experienced persons with expertise in the soccer business.

MODULE 1: SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY METHODS THAT MAKE YOU AND YOUR TEAM BETTER 

This module deals with the basic theories, findings and classic methods of sports psychology. You will learn how you can use these insights for your team and yourself. 

 

Topics: 

  • Mental strength & mental techniques 
  • How can I motivate myself and others 
  • Setting goals correctly 
  • Emotion regulation / psychoregulation 
  • Attention & concentration 
  • Relaxation & regeneration 
  • Self-care, mental health & time management 

Some mentally very challenging situations and topics occur with great regularity in football, such as games against the favourites, penalty shoot-outs, promotion or relegation battles. Find out how you and your team can best master such situations. 

 

Topics: 

  • Dealing with pressure, fear & excitement 
  • Special games & special match sequences 
  • Dealing with failure & success 
  • Promotion / relegation battle 
  • Dealing with fans, parents, media 

MODULE 2: DEVELOPING AND SHAPING A HIGH PERFORMANCE CULTURE 

Winning mentality, self-confidence, focus on strengths. What mindset helps me and others to perform at their best and continue to develop? What can I do to continuously promote this mindset? 

 

Topics:  

  • Self-confidence, competence expectation & winning mentality 
  • Focus on strengths & positivity 
  • Growth mindset 
  • Dealing with mistakes 
  • Psychological safety & neuro-leadership 

Wherever people work together, conflicts occur and are therefore almost a normality. Dealing confidently with the challenges that arise is therefore a key qualification for managers. You will familiarise yourself with the basics of conflict management. This module focuses in particular on the method of conflict mediation and moderation. 

MODULE 3: TEAM AND ORGANISATION DEVELOPMENT 

Football is a team sport. The quality of the team and the way it works together is crucial for the success of a team. Find out which methods you can use and what you need to pay attention to in order to develop and promote an optimally functioning team. 

 

Topics: 

  • Developing and promoting team identity and cohesion 
  • Identifying and promoting leaders 
  • Communication with the team (speeches & coaching) 
  • Conflict management 
  • Dealing with special and/or difficult players 
  • Psychological scouting and team composition 

Working together successfully in the long term. Establish (sports) psychological structures in the club. For the long-term success of a club or association, it is important to focus not only on the individuals, but also on fundamental structures, processes and rules. Helpful (sports) psychological theories and methods are presented and taught for practical application. 

 

Topics 

  • Communication structures 
  • Establishing a feedback culture 
  • Talent development 
  • Injury management 
  • Promoting mental health 
  • Parental work 
  • On/offboarding 
  • Crisis interventions 

OUR LEARNING CONCEPT: BLENDED LEARNING, FLEXIBLE ALONGSIDE SPORT & WORK

Blended learning is even more than e-learning: it combines the classic face-to-face seminars with various online learning formats, thus making learning more modern, flexible and transfer effective. Due to the semi-virtual concept and the block models, the programs are extra-occupational and can therefore also be carried out alongside sport and family.
The certificate program is therefore much more than an online or distance learning program.

In order to test the knowledge gained, online tests are just as possible as study papers on individual topics.
The innovative learning approach guarantees the compatibility of work, sports and further education.
Lecturers with enormous subject expertise impart practical knowledge at the highest level during the ten days of attendance.

  • BALANCED MIX OF ONLINE LEARNING AND FACE-TO-FACE TEACHING

  • MULTIMEDIA STUDY MATERIAL

  • PERSONAL CONTACT PERSONS

  • INTERACTIVE EXCHANGE

  • PROMOTION OF DIGITAL SKILLS

  • INDIVIDUAL LEARNING AT YOUR OWN PACE

  • HIGHEST APPLICATION ORIENTATION AND FLEXIBILITY

  • IDEAL TRAINING ALONGSIDE SPORT AND WORK

OUR LEARNING CONCEPT: BLENDED LEARNING

Blended learning is even more than e-learning: it combines the classic face-to-face seminars with various online learning formats, thus making learning more modern, flexible and transfer effective. Due to the semi-virtual concept and the block models, the programs are extra-occupational and can therefore also be carried out alongside sport and family.
The certificate program is therefore much more than an online or distance learning program.

In order to test the knowledge gained, online tests are just as possible as study papers on individual topics.
The innovative learning approach guarantees the compatibility of work, sports and further education.
Lecturers with enormous subject expertise impart practical knowledge at the highest level during the ten days of attendance.

  • BALANCED MIX OF ONLINE LEARNING AND FACE-TO-FACE TEACHING

  • MULTIMEDIA STUDY MATERIAL

  • PERSONAL CONTACT PERSONS

  • INTERACTIVE EXCHANGE

  • PROMOTION OF DIGITAL SKILLS

  • INDIVIDUAL LEARNING AT YOUR OWN PACE

  • HIGHEST APPLICATION ORIENTATION AND FLEXIBILITY

  • IDEAL TRAINING ALONGSIDE SPORT AND WORK

CAS SIMPLY EXPLAINED

Extra-occupational training and further education courses that can be completed with a Certificate of Advanced Studies – CAS for short – offer the opportunity to deal with a topic academically and acquire a qualification below an academic degree (e.g. Bachelor). CASs are also assessed according to credit points under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Accordingly, these credit points are also recognized throughout Europe. CASs can be upgraded to a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) or other academic degree programs by attending further CASs and writing an academic thesis.

YOUR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AFTER THE CERTIFICATE

Great technical expertise is something everyone has in performance-oriented soccer. The decisive factor is whether the technical expertise can also be “taken on the road”. And that depends not least on interpersonal relationships It depends on whether you, as a coach, can reach your players and get them in the right mental frame of mind. On whether communication throughout the club is good and whether everyone is pulling in the same direction.

This program will help you to really put your expertise on the road through sports psychology skills.

THESE COOPERATION PARTNERS TRUST
ON OUR EXPERTISE

By cooperating with us, our partners come into direct and personal contact with decision-makers from the soccer industry who work for us as lecturers or people with expertise.
In addition, partnerships enable contact with people who already work at clubs or associations and who are already deciding, or will soon be deciding, on their own collaborations with partners.

The early point of contact with current and future executives enables the development of new business areas.
During excursions, cooperation partners can also present themselves as attractive employers.

THESE COOPERATION PARTNERS TRUST
IN OUR EXPERTISE

By cooperating with us, our partners come into direct and personal contact with decision-makers from the soccer industry who work for us as lecturers or people with expertise.
In addition, partnerships enable contact with people who already work at clubs or associations and who are already deciding, or will soon be deciding, on their own collaborations with partners.
The early point of contact with current and future executives enables the development of new business areas.
During excursions, cooperation partners can also present themselves as attractive employers.

IMPRESSIONS

STUDY LOCATION HAMBURG

Our Hanseatic Campus is easy to reach by public transport from the airport to Stadthausbrücke on the S1. From there, it is only a few minutes’ walk. The freeways A 7 (Bahrenfeld) and A1 (behind the Elbrücken bridges) are also easily accessible from the campus. The parking garage at Rödingsmarkt is recommended as a parking option; here you can purchase a day ticket for a fee.

In the vicinity of the Hanseatic Campus Hamburg (Teilfeld 5, 20459 Hamburg), there are many accommodation options within walking distance, including a youth hostel, hostels, guesthouses and hotels.

FAQ

With the successful completion of our certificates, you earn experience points that you can use for the DFB’s trainer training for the entrance examination procedures.

The concept of our CAS is semi-virtual. The combination of virtual self-study phases on our state-of-the-art virtual learning platform and face-to-face modules allows you to combine the certificate ideally with your work, family, sport and leisure activities, for example.

The course consists of a total of 3 modules. There is one attendance block per module with 3 consecutive attendance days, which take place at six-week intervals. Between these attendance days, there is the opportunity to deepen and learn the discussed and further content on the online learning platform as part of the virtual learning phase and to work on individual and group tasks.

The course will take place in Hamburg.

Our CAS lasts 6 months. In addition, certificates are awarded in a special ceremony at the end of the certificate period.

Our CAS takes place once a year.
The exact dates of the course can be found on the certificate website.

No, the location may change annually.

The attendance days within the course are not mandatory, but attendance is expected and highly recommended for successful completion.

The size of the course group is a maximum of 30 participants.
This ensures a productive, interactive and pleasant learning atmosphere.

To participate in the CAS, you must have a university entrance qualification or have completed vocational training and have at least three years of professional experience. Persons without a university entrance qualification can also be admitted to the CAS under certain conditions (more under “Target group“)

The final project of the CAS is a written paper in which the participants take on a fictitious role specific to the topic and put the knowledge acquired in the respective course into practice.

Registration takes place via the “REGISTER NOW” button on the certificate website.
After sending the fully completed registration form, the applicant will immediately receive a confirmation email listing all the necessary documents required for registration.

Our CAS is certified, recognized in the soccer industry and enjoys a good reputation, especially among clubs and associations. In addition, the credit points earned can be recognized at selected universities.

The total fee for the CAS is € 3,465 (including € 199 registration fee). Payable in 6 installments of € 577.50/month each.

Contact

Frauke Wilhelm

Programme Manager Sport Psychology

Graduate Psychologist & Sports Psychologist

International Football Institute
Steinheilstr. 8
85737 Ismaning

+49(0)-89 6209 787 200

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