Diploma in Soccer Performance - Soccer Management Institute
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Certificate in Soccer Performance

This 10 week course aims to amplify the view of the student so he/she can gain knowledge of our coaching curriculum in Soccer Performance which is founded on the traditional coaching culture of Italy. Marco Montini coach of the U19 Italian National team will guide you through the new cutting edge trends. Along with specific game preparation and recovery from professionals at the highest level.

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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: Certificate in Soccer Performance and Science 

    Admission Requirement: Bachelor’s Degree 

    Duration: 10 weeks 

    Starting Date: 6 March 

    Price: 950$

    Enrollment: Registration open until the start of the course

    Classes Structure: On demand



    Our Curriculum

    The purpose of the course is to demonstrate nutrient requirements for a variety of physical activities including endurance, strength, speed and monitoring of training load. Moreover, it will also include notions about prevention of athletic injuries, with emphasis on qualities of a good athletic trainer, avoiding injuries , recognizing signs and symptoms of specific sports injuries and conditions, immediate and long-term care of injuries, and administration procedures in athletic training and recovery strategies. 

    Module 1

    1. What is training – Trainability, adaptations and athlete lifestyle 

    2. Youth Training – Relative age effect, peak hight velocity, goals and methodology [Practical examples with video]

    3. Athlete Evaluation – Body composition, endurance tests, individual training, strength and agility tests [Practical examples with video]


    Module 2 

    1. Monitoring Training Loads – Internal and external training load, use GPS device

    2. Injury Prevention – Injury risk factors, injury prevention protocols [Practical examples with video]

    3. Recovery strategies – nutrition, cold bath, foam roller exercises, mobility [Practical examples with video]


    Module 3

    1. Endurance – Small sided games and training off the ball [Practical examples with video]

    2. Strength – Training exercises on the field and the gym [Practical examples with video]

    3. Agility – Determinants and exercise [Practical examples with video]




    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.