MASTER'S PROGRAM

Our unique master program is designed for those who want to pursue a successful career in the soccer industry. We have reshaped the typical sports management degree according to the modern trends which completely changed the approach to this industry. Sports is a very complex and dynamic subject and that is why it is very important to stay up to date and be able to adapt to changes

Other than Sports Management, our Institute wants to focus on a specific aspect of the game: Coaching. Lots of student-athletes decide to pursue a career in coaching after their playing experience in the game. That is why SMI offers professional and specific coaching classes. We want to provide our students with a comprehensive knowledge, keeping in mind the number scientific, socio-cultural, economic and legal aspects necessary for the functioning and development of the sport. Not only our students learn in classroom, they also have the possibility to apply their acquired knowledge on the field by leading training sessions

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND SCHEDULE

FALL

  • Compass Learning Community (1 credit hour)
  • Sports Management I – Sports Law and Finance (3 credit hours)
  • Italian Soccer Methodology – Strategy (5 credit hours)
  • Sports Science and Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • Italian I (3 credit hours)

SPRING I

  • Compass Learning Community (1 credit hour)
  • Sports Management II – Sports Events and Marketing (3 credit hours)
  • Italian Soccer Methodology – Match Analysis (5 credit hours)
  • Sport Psychology – Leadership and Performance (3 credit hours)
  • Italian II (3 credit hours)

SUMMER

  • Internship (3 credit hours)

*Unless approved for Fall or Spring

FALL SEMESTER

Sports Management I – Law Sports and Finance 

This course is designed to further student understanding of foundational, national and international, legal principles that govern the sport system. In particular, the course explores topics related to the role of the National Sport Organizations and Justice (NOC, FSN, National sport Justice system) and the complex interactions between its own laws and principles and the application of the International sport governing body’s rules and decisions (CIO, IFS, CAS/TAS). It will also include introductory classes on standard players contracts, sponsorship contracts, agency representation contracts and international players transfer rules, which will lead students into a discussion regarding the difference between amateurism and professionalism in the sport legal system. In the second part of the module, students will learn the principlesof organization and administration as they apply to managing sport clubs and entities. The course will explore the basic concepts of financial planning budgeting and marketing to effectively manage a successful operation in the sport industry.

Sport Science – Nutrition

This part of the program allows the participant to acquire basic notions of physiology, which is necessary to enhance soccer performance. Moreover, it will also include sport nutrition notions, as every professional must have a basic understanding of this subject in order to ensure players have a healthy lifestyle.

Subjects:

  • Being a soccer player
  • Sports and Nutrition
  • Case history

Italian Soccer Methodology – Strategy

The basics of soccer training with a focus on the Italian soccer tradition. Each participant will fully acquire the Italian training management methodology. This part of the program, which focuses on training sessions and the management of the athlete’s performance, will include both theoretical classroom-based and on-pitch sessions.

Subjects:

  • Athletic performance
  • Defense: tactics and strategy
  • Attack: tactics and strategy

Coaching – Leadership and Performance

The coaching lessons aim to teach how to manage one’s being, mentality and style within a team.
This part helps the participant familiarize with some notions of educational psychology and neuro-linguistics.

Subjects:

  • Leadership
  • Performance

Italian course

Basics of Italian language for sport practice.

SPRING SEMESTER

Sports Management II – Sports Event and Marketing

This course explores the role of sports events and their contribution to the sports industry. It focuses on the challenges and opportunities a sports manager is confronted with during the planning, organization and execution of medium- and small-scale events.

The main objective of the course is to encourage students to develop a strategic mindset, with a comprehensive theoretical and practical understanding of the essential skills for working in the sport industry, introducing them to sport management career opportunities and sport principles as they apply to management, leadership style, marketing, communication, motivation and entrepreneurship.

Italian Soccer Methodology – Match analysis

One of the Italian soccer tradition’s most famous characteristics is its defensive tactics. From zone defense, advocated by Arrigo Sacchi, to Renzo Ulivieri’s 3–4–3 formation, when it comes to defending, Italy is one of the best schools worldwide. Cannavaro, Nesta, Maldini, they all learned the fundamentals of defense from the Italian Federation’s football tradition. The program will therefore deal with the analysis of the rival’s abilities, as well as the training methodologies for the physical and technical development of player’s skills adopted by the most successful youth Italian soccer clubs.

Subjects:

  • History of Italian soccer
  • Match analysis
  • Youth team technical development

Coaching – Sports Psychology 

Some individuals naturally have more empathy and charisma than others, however, we can all work on ourselves to offer better training to the players. The program will also focus on more effective hand gesturing, the choice of words and the content of communication, as these require expertise, preparation and prior study. Thanks to very experienced teachers and trainers.

Subjects:

  • Sport Psychology
  • PNL Entry Level

Italian course

Basics of Italian language for sport practice.

SUMMER

Internship

SMI offers a unique opportunity in experiential education. Our internship program provides students with an immersive, in-depth introduction to the Italian workplace, coupled with an academic context for their internship experience. Internship opportunities include working with Italian and multinational companies.

Throughout the experience, students reflect on the concept of skill-building in cross-cultural competencies including effective communication, teamwork, goal-setting and negotiation, and conflict mediation. Students are pushed to process what they experience at their internship, focusing on their skills, professional development and career aspirations.