54th International Coaches’ Congress Attracts 1,050 Participants

30 August 2011 – Fast Transitions from Defence to Attack. They’ve done it again! The German AEFCA member “Bund Deutscher Fußball-Lehrer” (BDFL) has clocked up another increase in the number of coaches attending its international congress (ITK), registering the record number of 1,050 Pro and A license holders, respectively, including numerous representatives of other member organisations of the AEFCA community.

Setting the tone of the event, DFB coach Bernd Stöber ably introduced the general theme chosen for the congress “Fast Transitions from Defence to Attack and vice-versa – Technical and Tactical Aspects.” In the afternoon, the rewirPower stadium (home to local Bundesliga 2 team VfL Bochum) was the venue for a number of highly impressive practical demonstrations, with professional coaches Frank Schäfer (1. FC Köln) and Peter Hyballa (Alemannia Aachen) putting their teams through their paces.

Lively debate

Traditionally scheduled at the close of the event, the panel discussion was emceed by Sky Germany’s Max Jung. Also focussing on the congress motto, the debate featured high-profile coaches Jürgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund, 2011 German champions), Mirko Slomka (Hannover 96), Michael Oenning (Hamburger SV), Friedhelm Funkel (VfL Bochum), and DFB Director of Sports Matthias Sammer talking shop and exchanging views.

Time and again participants couldn’t help but cite FC Barcelona as the model for others to follow as the Catalans set the benchmark with their overall team performance and individual players’ mental strength.

Prior to the discussion, DFB Head of Coaching Frank Wormuth had used his presentation “Big Matches, Small Details” to spell out what he feels really counts when aspiring to higher things – keeping an eye on the detail and minimise players’ technical errors. His key piece of advice: to achieve positive change, never tire of pointing out and correcting the mistakes your players make.

Attractive Programme

In addition, participants were treated to a number of talks on other interesting topics including “Team and Team Building” (Dr Hans-Dieter Hermann, sports psychologist of the German national team), “Personality Building” (Dr Uwe Harttgen, former SV Werder player) and visionary thoughts presented by Jörg Daniel (DFB coach and former Bundesliga goalkeeper) on dead-ball situations. Anyone with an open mind and keen to learn will have deplored the fact that the three days’ event literally flew by. But don’t despair – summer 2012 and the 55th ITK are just round the corner!

To find out more, visit www.bdfl.de and click on “Aktuell/News”, then navigate to “ITK/DOKU 2011” where all presentations and videos are going to be available for download shortly, albeit only in the German original.


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