SCOUTING & SQUAD PLANNING (CASv)

  • Flexible alongside sport 6 job
  • top video content over a few hours & live workshops at the end of each module
  • Prestigious Certificate in European Football

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SCOUTING & SQUAD PLANNING (CASv)

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  • Online Seminare mit Top Personen mit Expertise

  • Einzigartig in Deutschland

Starts in February 2025 – Entirely Virtual and Conducted in English

Starts in February 2025 – Entirely Virtual and Conducted in English

EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED CERTIFICATION “FOOTBALL SCOUT & SQUAD PLANNER 

Do you want to become the most important contact person for your club, association, board or coach when it comes to football transfers? Do you want to prove your nose for talents? Then take the opportunity to become a trained and recognized person with expertise in scouting and squad planning. 

Scouting is the magic word behind systematic work when it comes to evaluating and categorizing players. 

Thanks to the unique virtual study concept (e-learning), you can complete the modern training and further education to become a scout & squad planner while working 

TOP LECTURERS FROM THE SCOUTING INDUSTRY

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OUR ADVANTAGES AT IFI 

Even in professional football, soft skills, i.e. personal experience or good feeling, often predominate in the selection of players. However, well-founded arguments are the most reliable decision-making criteria for every coach and every person responsible in a football club or football association. 

For this reason, in addition to the technical basics of match analysis, detailed requirement profiles and the development of an individual scouting structure are the focus of our training and further education, with which you will stand out from the competition as a scout & squad planner. 

  • EXLUSIVITY
    Achieve expert status in specialized areas of football & set yourself apart from thr competition.

  • NETWORK
    Benefit from our relationship with decision-makers in top-level & build your personal network.

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

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

  • PRACTICE NEARBY
    Gain insights into the daily challenges of peole with expertise & use these insights for your daily work routine.

  • PRESTIGE
    Secure an internationally recognized certificate that enjoys a high reputation in European football.

SHORT PROFILE OF THE CASv “SCOUTING & SQUAD PLANNING”

  • 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. The Residence MUST be outside of Germany. 

  • PERFORMANCE SPECTRUM
    No crediting of ECTS points but issue of an institute certificate:

  • LEARNING CONCEPT
    E-Learning (Entirely virtual) 

  • COURSE FEES
    2.465 € (including 199€  registration fee)

    Per Month 410,83 

  • TARGET GROUP
    Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Club Managers, Squad Planners  

  • CONTACT PERSON
    Andreas Giglberger

  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE
    Until January 31, 2025

  • STARTING DATE
    February 01, 2025

  • COURSE DURATION
    6 months (One live webinar with workshop character per module + final thesis and virtual examination) 

  • STUDY MODEL
    Part-Time

  • STUDY LOCATION
    Entirely Virtual

  • LANGUAGE
    Conducted in English

TARGET GROUP OF THE CASv “SCOUTING & SQUAD PLANNING” 

The CASv is a vocational training and further education course and is aimed at employees who already work as match analysts, scouts or squad planners or would like to work in this field in the future. The content taught can also be of great benefit to professional coaches, amateur coaches, assistant coaches, club managers, sporting directors, employees of youth development centers and player consultants, as it expands their own skills in an important decision-making field. 

Active football players and students with a keen interest in football who are aiming for a career as a talent scout will also benefit from the experience gained 

Finding a great talent is a task in football that is becoming increasingly important as the market becomes more and more professionalized and transfer fees rise. 

Prerequisites for participation in the CASv are a university entrance qualification or completed vocational training in a recognized profession that is conducive to the course as well as at least three years of professional experience that is conducive to the course, a keen interest in football and athletic training and experience in professional football. Applicants without a university entrance qualification but with a professional qualification can also be admitted to the CASv under certain conditions. In these cases, an institute certificate is issued without ECTS points instead of a CASv certificate with ECTS points. Only the place of residence of all applicants must be outside Germany. All participants will be issued an institute certificate without ECTS points. In Addition, the residence must be outside of Germany.

YOUR LEARNING CONTENTS IN THE FURTHER TRAINING AS TALENT SCOUT & MANAGEMENT PLANNER 

The CASv program consist of renowned lecturers impart application-oriented knowledge for practical work in the modules. 
In the three modules, each with three hours of video material, one live webinar (90 minutes) with workshop character and a virtual learning phase,

participants deal intensively with the topics of football and training theory, scouting management, talent scouting, methods of match analysis and training observation as well as scouting in practice. At the end of the certificate course, participants prepare a final presentation, which is held virtually and a final thesis.

MODULE 1: MODERN SQUAD PLANNING

In the first module, various competence profiles and areas of responsibility of a scout are discussed and, through in-depth self-reflection by the participants, correct individual areas of development are defined for the rest of the course. 

In the first content module, the participants learn to define position-specific tasks and the associated requirement profiles based on a club- and coach-specific game idea and game principles using a specific methodology. The profiles are constructed both by means of a sound qualitative description and on the basis of event and tracking data as the basis for a data-supported scouting approach.

Based on the defined requirements, the next step is to discuss different methodologies in their isolated application and in their combination in a framework as an efficient and effective means of optimising the achievement of objectives.  

In order to achieve the highest possible degree of automation, the participants will be introduced to current and interesting technologies to support the processes in live, video and data scouting in the best possible way. 

MODULE 2: TOP TALENT SCOUTING

At the beginning of the module, we look at the definition of sporting talent. Based on this definition, the participants will then deal with talent diagnosis, talent scouting, talent identification and talent selection in chronological order. Participants not only learn about the opportunities and potential of the selection process, but also about the challenges and errors of perception in the selection process (e.g. relative age effect). 

Challenges and errors of perception in selection (e.g. relative age effect). The final focus in this module is on an essential topic: talent development. This is because recognising sporting talent is still a complex topic, based on the performance requirements for developing top sporting performance. 

MODULE 3: HIGH LEVEL SCOUTING & RECRUITMENT

In this module, we will take a differentiated look at planning in youth football, transitional football and professional senior football with their various challenges. Our personalities with expertise from sporting practice will present their view of this topic from different areas of responsibility, for example from the perspective of sports directors, chief scouts or coaches. Concrete case studies from practice will show how complex and influenced by certain currents some decisions have to be made. At the same time, solution strategies are discussed in order to avert irrational decisions in the best possible way and thus increase the coefficient of success when signing new players.

What happens once the ideal player for the position in question has been identified? The fifth module on transfer management deals with precisely this process. The participants will learn how complex this final step can be, from the identification of the player to the signing of the contract, thanks to the expertise from the various professional fields. In order to successfully complete a transfer, certain legal framework parameters must be adhered to. But what options are there for drafting contracts? We will discuss the answer to this question with an experienced lawyer and club officials. Using case studies, participants will be shown how complex the interests of the four parties involved in a contract negotiation can be: the player, the receiving club, the transferring club and the player’s counsellor. This module concludes with a change of perspective into the player counsellor’s perspective with all its facets, even beyond the pure mediation of the players. 

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OUR LEARNING CONCEPT:

Our unique e-learning concept offers a fully digital learning environment that allows you to learn flexibly and efficiently. On our modern e-learning platform, all the necessary learning content is clearly presented – also in the form of a large number of instructional videos. In conjunction with a live webinar per module, you also have the opportunity to interact directly with our top experts and discuss key topics in the certificate.  

Due to the purely virtual concept, our certificates can be completed alongside work and are therefore compatible with sport, work and family life. The CASv thus ensures a smooth and continuous learning process and will set you apart from the competition once you have successfully completed the course. 

  • MULTIMEDIA STUDY MATERIAL

  • PERSONAL CONTACT PERSONS

  • INTERACTIVE EXCHANGE

  • IDEAL TRAINING ALONGSIDE SPORT AND WORK

  • PROMOTION OF DIGITAL SKILLS

  • INDIVIDUAL LEARNING AT YOUR OWN PACE

  • HIGHEST APPLICATION ORIENTATION AND FLEXIBILITY

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

YOUR CAREER AS A FOOTBALL SCOUT & SQUAD PLANNER: SIFTING AND SEARCHING 

For many people working in football, the word scout quickly passes their lips. The term has become established. However, many people from clubs and associations still find it difficult to outline the exact job description of a scout. Even media companies, people in football journalism and football scientists do not have a uniform description of the function of a football scout. 

Scouts are sometimes confused with assistant coaches, tactics coaches, match analysts, video analysts, match observers or even player agents or consultants. 

In principle, the scout, who is now usually employed on a permanent basis, has the task of discovering players at other clubs who fit perfectly into their own system. These can be young talents, but also seasoned professionals. Scouts are therefore sighters and seekers. 

They look for players in a very targeted manner and search for players in line with the requirements profile of their own club. 

Scouts are therefore often the first to get to the talents. Their first look or their first assessment can be decisive in determining whether a transfer is ultimately made. 

The roles of the special, often also on itself placed preparers and assistants takes place thereby apart from the public interest. As a rule, only insiders are familiar with the names of the scouts.

Hundreds of scouts are now active in professional football, and it is hard to imagine professional football without them in the Bundesliga and at the DFB. Their field of activity extends all over the world. The romantic ideal is that they are more often in foreign stadiums than at their own desks. And yet they still have the task of building up a functioning scouting department at their own club, maintaining databases of players, evaluating statistics and keeping up to date with analysis and video software such as Wyscout. 

A club’s squad planner is becoming increasingly important in today’s world. Individual players can decide games, but it is the right team composition that is crucial to achieve lasting success. Squad planners often act as a link between the scouting department and the coaching team and should ensure that players who are signed fit into the concept of the club and the coaching team. 

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.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

The concept of our CASv is entirely virtual. The combination of virtual self-study phases on our state-of-the-art virtual learning platform, several hours of video content and a 90 minutes live webinar with workshop character at the end of each module allows you to combine the certificate ideally with your work, family, sport and leisure activities, for example.

The courses take place entirely virtual. 

Our CASv lasts 6 months.

Our CASv takes place annually. The exact dates of the course can be found on the certificate website.

No, the CASv has no attendance days. It is conducted exclusively in virtual space.

The size of the course group is a maximum of 30 participants. 

To participate in the CASv, applicants do not need to have a university entrance qualification or completed vocational training in a recognized profession that is relevant to the course or have at least three years of professional experience that is relevant to the course. Only the place of residence of all applicants must be outside Germany.

The final CASv project is a written assignment in which the participants take on a fictitious role specific to the topic and put the knowledge acquired in the respective course into practice. In addition, the participants must give a virtual final presentation to the examination board after the last day of attendance and present their ideas and considerations.

Registration takes place via the “REGISTER NOW” button on the certificate website. After submitting the completed registration form, the applicant will immediately receive a confirmation e-mail listing all the documents required for registration.

Our CAS is certified, recognized in the soccer industry and enjoys a good reputation, especially among clubs and associations.

The total fee for the CASv is € 2.465 (including € 199 registration fee). Payable in 6 installments of €410,83/month each.

Your Contact Person

Andreas Giglberger

Head of Education and Training at the IFI

Internationales Fußball Institut
Steinheilstr. 8
85737 Ismaning

+49(0)-89-6209 787-200

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