Great variety and hands-on advice for coaches
Having hosted the 2011 edition of the AEFCA Symposium, the Mediterranean resort of Antalya, Turkey, was once again the venue for the flagship event organised by the Alliance of European Football Coaches’ Associations. Thanks to the support and commitment of the Turkish coaches’ body TÜFAD headed by its President (and AEFCA board member) Ismail Dilber, it was possible to stage the annually held congress from 1-5 December 2013 attended by nearly 150 coaches from just under 60 countries.

Coaching – stay in the lead to master the future…
… was the motto for this year’s “coaching summit” that offered a broad spectrum of topics, ideas, and tips for coaches’ daily work on and off the pitch. Speaker Martin Hunter impressively demonstrated the reason why English Premier League club Southampton FC lays such great store by youth development. As the club’s head of talent promotion and U21 coach, he explained the Saints’ structures, objectives, and activities in this field. For his part, sports psychologist Werner Mickler, who has already shared his expertise at several UEFA workshops, showed the participants some practice-oriented strategies for self-training that are key for any football coach who faces ever more (and increasingly complex) challenges. The audience was equally impressed with the presentation given by UEFA representative Martyn Hindley on digital assistance for coaching, as well as with Impire chairman of the board Christian Holzer’s paper on performance analysis using state-of-the-art IT solutions.

Elite football in 2014
Keynote speaker Gérard Houllier, Global Sporting Director at Red Bull Soccer, offered an intriguing view – corroborated by fact and figures – on the current state of, and current developments in, elite football. As a member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group, he compared the results and findings compiled from the 2013 edition of the Confederations Cup in Brazil with the latest trends that could be observed during the UEFA Champions League and Europa League campaign. In an interview with AEFCA board member Craig Brown he also took participants on a trip down memory lane, looking back on an eventful and highly successful coaching career including, amongst other titles, the UEFA-Cup (as it was then called) and Super Cup win in 2001 with Liverpool FC. Houiller was the 7th person to be presented with the prestigious Lothar Meurer Honorary Award.

“The Turkish Way”
Samet Aybaba, head coach at Turkish Süper Lig club MP Antalyaspor, was one of the top-level Turkish coaches in charge of the practical demonstrations part of the Symposium. He and his players showed drills and routines aimed to improve transitions, build-up play, and finishing (“setting game from defence”, “finalizing the attack”). Abdullah Ercan and Mehmet Hacioglu, members of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) junior national team coaching staff, provided an insight into their talent promotion work, while TÜFAD Honorary President Ökzan Sümer’s rich experience was obvious in his presentation about coaching and leadership.

Use the AEFCA’s service portfolio!
For all those interested, the presentations given by Gérard Houllier, Werner Mickler, Martyn Hindley, and Christian Holzer are available in the English language and may be downloaded. The “Coaching/Training Aids” section also features a host of presentations from earlier Symposiums.


Download group picture
PDF, 7.9 MB

All pictures courtesy of TÜFAD


Invitation folder XXXIV AEFCA-Symposium Antalya 2013
PDF, 4.0 MB

Programme XXXiV AEFCA-Symposium Antalya 2013
PDF, 2.1 MB


Practical Demonstrations
Thomas de Pariente / mycoach (France)
Practical session feat. U19, MP Antalyaspor, Coaching: Gökhan Geylani
Presented at the AEFCA-Symposium in Antalya

Presentations & Lectures
Gérard Houllier / FIFA
Top Football Before World Cup 2014
in English
PDF, 3.2 MB

Werner Mickler / Sportpsychologist
Coach the Coach
in English
PDF, 2.6 MB

Martyn Hindley / UEFA
UEFA Training Ground: Digital Assistance for Coaching
in English
PDF, 8.7 MB

Christian Holzer / Impire AG
Performance Analysis
in English
PDF, 1.1 MB