The 2012 AFC Batch Course of the German Football Association has come to a close. From 12 – 20 April 2012 the prominent Sportschule Hennef hosted 22 international coaches and football administrators from 17 Asian countries.
But, no time to take a breather since the International Coaching Course (ICC) is casting its shadow.
Participants of the AFC Batch Course gained valuable insights into coaching and training strategies from the world-renowned DFB Technical Department. Using the highly efficient concept of Challenge-Based Education (CBE), course participants were encouraged to use prior experiences to solve problems encountered in a healthy mix of theoretical and practical sessions. Topics covered in the course included sports psychology, the DFB talent promotion and establishing a youth development system, goalkeeping, the DFB playing philosophy, and many more.
Participants were instructed by internationally experienced DFB Coaches
Participants were instructed and guided by internationally experienced DFB Coaches. Divided into small groups, the coaches had to apply their gained knowledge in multiple practical training sessions with regard to topics such as pressing against a 4-2-3-1 formation, attacking against a flat back four, and quick transition play.
Highlights of the course included a visit to the Bundesliga fixture between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hertha BSC Berlin (3:3) as well as a visit to the Under-19 Bundesliga fixture between 1. FC Köln and LR Ahlen (3:2). Moreover, participants were given the chance to observe the youth academies and training sessions of Bundesliga Champion Borussia Dortmund and Bundesliga team 1. FC Köln and were able to exchange ideas with Borussia’s Champion Coach Juergen Klopp as well as Koeln’s youth academy head coordinator Boris Notzon.
Overall, participants praised the quality facilities at the Sportschule Hennef and the comprehensive course content. Many of them left Hennef in high spirit and will treasure the amiable atmosphere amongst the group as well as the knowledge and experiences transmitted by the AFC Batch Course staff.
As mentioned initially, the conclusion of the AFC Batch Course marks the beginning for the 2012 International Coaching Course (ICC) funded by the German Foreign Office also taking place at the Sportschule Hennef. 30 participants from 22 countries are taking part in the challenging program. Among them former Costa Rica skipper and FIFA World Cup participant Luis Marin, who recorded 130 caps for his home country.
April 23rd 2012 marks the starting point of a three-week long journey filled with theoretical tactic seminars and practical training sessions, as well as excursions to experience live football action in Germany for this illustrious group of international football experts.
The final two days before this years ICC comes to a conclusion will be filled with exams for the attendants. Participants, who successfully complete the course and pass all relevant exams are to receive a certificate by the German Football Association DFB. The value of the certificate is the equivalent of a German B-license.
Highlights include excursions to watch live Bundesliga action
Highlights throughout the course include excursions to watch live Bundesliga action with the clash of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hannover 96 fighting for a spot for the UEFA Europa League as well as attending the crowning of the 2012 Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund during their last league match of the season against SC Freiburg.
Moreover, ICC participants are looking to learn from the knowledge of Germanys Under 21 assistant manager Lars Isecke who will conduct much of this years ICC, as well as from Horst Kriete, DFB Pro License holder.
The course will come to a final conclusion with the ceremonial DFB reception held at Kloster Seligenthal on Friday, May 11th 2012.
The funding for the ICC in 2012 is fully covered by the German Foreign Office.
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