Diploma in Italian Soccer Methodology - Soccer Management Institute
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Diploma in Italian Soccer Methodology

This 12 week course aims to amplify the view of the student so he/she can gain knowledge of our Italian Soccer Methodology coaching curriculum. Our Academic Director and Serie A Coach Antonio Cincotta will guide you through each step of the traditional coaching culture of Italy along with winning attitudes, cutting-edge trends, and game-specific adaptations.  

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    Learn From the Best

    Under the direction of Director of Coaching and World Cup winner Marco Materazzi, SMI created its own soccer methodology. We are able to offer the best soccer experience in Italy because of our numerous affiliations with top clubs and leagues, including the Italian Serie A. Our team is made up of UEFA coaches with years of expertise at the top level who speak several languages. Additionally, SMI invites sports students from all over the world to study at a university situated in the center of Rome. With the help of one of our own Academic Directors and Serie A Coach, Antonio Cincotta, we work to transfer our knowledge from the classroom to the playing field.

    Our Team 

    Marco Materazzi– Director of Coaching. 2006 World Cup Champion and 2010 “Triplete Winner”

    Antonio Cincotta– Academic Dierector. Sampdoria Women Head Coach

    Fabrizio Piccareta– AD and Head coach. Former AS Roma and Sunderland Coach

    Marco Montini– Strength and Condition. Italian National U20 Team 

    Luca Saladino– Goalkeeper Coach. Coach at AS Roma

    Massimo Augusto– Player Development. Sampdoria Youth Academy


    General information

    Name of the Course: Diploma in Italian Soccer Methodology

    Admission Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree 

    Duration: 12 weeks 

    Starting Date:  29th March 

    Price: 1050$

    Enrollment: Registration open until the start of the course

    Classes Structure: Live on zoom 

    *Live classes are held on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM, local time in Italy, and they have a duration of one hour. All sessions are recorded.

    Our Curriculum

    MODULE 1 

    1. Introduction to Italian Soccer Methodology
    2. Defensive Strategy with small-sided games
    3. Defensive Strategy – Italian Methodology
    4. Tactics and training load


    MODULE 2

    1. Offensive Counter attack, the direct killer pass
    2. How to improve set pieces strategy
    3. Offensive positional attack, the indirect killer pass


    MODULE 3

    1. Young sector: the Italian Philosophy
    2. 10-12 years: how to improve soccer skills 
    3. 12-14 years: how to mix physical abilities with technical drills
    4. 14-16 years: the biggest challenges
    5. Final exam

    Programs Learning Objects

    • Learn italian defensive strategy from the historical strategy of coach Sacchi to the modern strategy of coach Allegri.
    • Improve Italian strategy of counter attack: the modern Atalanta of Gasperini and more.
    • Analyze strategy positional attack with practice of coach Sarri.
    • Learn fluid positioning strategy

    Learning Model

    1. Innovative Learning : Flexible schedules, different learning environments and technologies.
    2. Accessible faculty & Tutoring: The students can interact with their professors throughout the training process. 
    3. Our teaching approach: Collaborative tools, teamwork, communication and debate.
    4. Networking and interaction among students: We believe that the interactions among students is crucial asset for the success of the course. Throughout the course the students will have several moments where they will be able to get to know each others. 
    5. Learning from experience: Designed for professional improvement.


    During the course the professor  is responsible for supporting the student throughout the training process and monitoring their progress on the program. You will have the opportunity to work closely with some of the best professional in Italy with a great networking opportunity 


    Do you have any questions? 

    At SMI we are looking for students who are willing to think outside the box and prepare themself  for a professional journey in a rapidly changing world.