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Foundation Certificate in Soccer Psychology and Mental Skills Training


Develop your career in football with this online Foundation Certificate in Soccer Psychology and Mental Skills Training.

Developed by some of the most respected academics, psychologists and mental skills practitioners working in football from around the world.

Course Duration

You will have six months to complete this course. 

Course Outcome

On successful completion, you will be awarded a Foundation Certificate in Soccer Psychology and Mental Skills Training.

Entry Requirements

There are no pre-requisites to study this course.


You will be assessed through eight individual tasks based on the course modules.

Study Options

This course is only available to study online.

Study Options

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Course overview

  • Developed by some of the most respected academics, psychologists and mental skills practitioners working in football from around the world.
  • This online CPD course will provide key research and insights linked to real world examples and practical environments to enable you to get the most out of the learning materials.
  • Developed for coaches and performance practitioners to enable them to enhance their coaching and performance processes.
  • Study online from the comfort your own home.

This course will expose you to soccer-specific psychological studies, practical examples, and useful intervention methods used across all levels of football. You will study the key components of what drives coaches and players to succeed and develop strategies to prepare individuals for training and competitive games from a psychological perspective.

Study this foundation certificate in soccer psychology and understand how your team can benefit from psychology and mental skills training methods to enhance their performance.

Course content

  • Led by Dr. Alena Grushko.
  • How performance enhancement processes are applied to sports psychology.
  • Mental skills training and social skills training.
  • Perceptual-cognitive training.

  • Led by Ricardo Pires.
  • Concepts of arousal, anxiety and stress, how they differ and how to identify them.
  • Potential sources of stress and anxiety.
  • Four stages of the stress process.

  • Led by Omer Ates.
  • Various types of attentional focus.
  • Psychological distractors affecting players.
  • Techniques to improve player concentration to minimise and even avoid lapses.

  • Led by Sarah Murray.
  • Three stages of player motivation.
  • What is goal setting and why does it work?
  • The impact of goal setting at an individual level.
  • How to practically implement SMART goal setting in a team environment.
  • Goal setting strategies.
  • How to structure goals with context.
  • How to measure and review goals.
  • Supporting players throughout the process.

  • Led by Ricardo Pires.
  • What is cohesion and how to identify the different dimensions of cohesion.
  • Model of cohesion and the correlational factors and outcomes.
  • Understand the dynamics between cohesion and performance.
  • Developing cohesion in your team.

  • Led by Sion Rowlands.
  • What is self-confidence and its importance in player performance.
  • What an intervention is and how to use them to get the most out of your players.

  • Led by Omer Ates.
  • Explore the scientific skill of imagery.
  • Understand how imagery works.
  • Factors which can affect the effectiveness of imagery.
  • Why imagery can have a positive or negative impact on performance.
  • Learn how to create an imagery script with your players and team.

  • Led by Thomas Pratl.
  • Gain a better understanding of self-reflection.
  • Self-reflection strategies you can implement.
  • How these strategies can affect your coaching behaviour.

Extra Information

Once enrolled, you have six months to complete your studies.

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work, it is completely up to you. All your materials will be delivered online.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will achieve a Foundation Certificate in Soccer Psychology and Mental Skills Training.

You will complete eight individual tasks which are based on what you have studied during the eight modules. You will submit your assignments via the learning portal and receive feedback from a member of the team.


There a no requirements for you to study this course.

You will have six months from enrolment to complete this course.

  • Dedicated learner services.
  • Assignment marking and feedback.
  • FREE CV critique service.
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers.
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No, your certificate will be issued based on your assignments alone.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you're 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our team of education specialists a call on 03300 563 100 and they'll do their best to help.

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