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Bridge the Gap between Science and Football Practice

Hybrid Congress
Live & Virtual

(limited seats)


It is a great pleasure to announce that the EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CONGRESS 2023 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 13 to 14 April. National and international researchers in combination with experts from the field will present and discuss relevant and emerging topics: Youth Player Development, Performance Enhancement and Coaching the Coaches.

This congress is certified by the IPDJ as a continuous training action with 4.0 UC for the purpose of revalidation of the Professional Title of Sports Coach in Portugal.

Keynote Speakers

João Valente-dos-Santos

Youth Player Development

Michal Botek

Exercise Physiology

Carlos Lalín Novoa

Physical Preparation, Football Reeducation and Readaptation

Gert Vande Broek

Sports Coaching, Group Dynamics, Sport Psychology

Special Guests

You Want to be a Football Coach? Critical Success Factors

Paulo Bento

Professional Football Coach

Professor Neca (Manuel Gonçalves Gomes)

Professional Football Coach

Miguel Cardoso

Professional Football Coach

Joaquim Evangelista

Portuguese Professional Football Players Union President (SJPF)

Program Highlights

Day 1

Keynote #1

Rethinking Youth Football Player Development: Implications and Recommendations
João Valente-dos-Santos (FEFD-UL)

Invited Session #1

Off-Season & In-Season: Developing Physical Qualities Outside the Club Environment
Mário Simões (THE PEAK)

Invited Session #2

Sporting CP Player-Centred Approach
Winner at the European Club Association (ECA) Awards 2021 in the Football Training category
Tomaz Morais (Youth Academy Director at Sporting Clube de Portugal) & Miguel Henriques (Youth Football Press Officer at Sporting Clube de Portugal)

Invited Session #3

Strategy of SK Sigma Olomouc in Training Youth Players for Professional Football
Jakub Beneš (President of SK Sigma Olomouc MŽ)

Invited Session #4

Complex Diagnostics and Controlled Selection and Development of Football Players
David Prycl (BALUO Application Centre)

Keynote #2

New Challenges for Performance and Recovery Enhancement through Molecular Hydrogen Administration in Football
Michal Botek (FPC-PUO)

Day 2

Invited Session #5

Performance Analysis in Football. How to understand Collective Behaviour and Team Performance
Carlos Lago Peñas (FESS-UV)

Invited Session #6

Distribution and Management of External Load through Football-Specific Drills over the Competitive Microcycle
Alexis Padrón Cabo (FSSPE-UAC)

Keynote #3

Criteria and Exercise Design during the Sports-Related Functional Rehabilitation of Injured Football Players
Carlos Lalín Novoa (AS Roma)

Special Guests

You Want to be a Football Coach? Critical Success Factors
Professional Football Coaches and the Portuguese Professional Football Players Union President

Invited Session #7

The Coaching Compass: A Tool to Analyze and Reflect on Coach Behaviors
Bart Reynders (FMRS-KU Leuven)

Invited Session #8

Know Yourself: The Role of Personality Traits in Sports Coaching
Stef Van Puyenbroeck (FMRS-KU Leuven)

Keynote #4

Coaching the Coaches: When Science Meets Practice
Gert Vande Broek (FMRS-KU Leuven)

Key Dates

10th February 2023 Abstract Submission Opens
10th February 2023 Registration Opens 
17th March 2023 Deadline for Abstract Submission
24th March 2023 Notification of Acceptance
07th April 2023 Registration Deadline for Presenters
10th April 2023 Registration Closes
13th and 14th April 2023 EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CONGRESS 2023
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