Professional Master in Football

The Professional Master in Football, created by FC Barcelona and INEFC, prepares football professionals to understand and apply training from a systemic perspective, seeking to enhance the constant development of the game.

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Start Date


Completion Date


24 months




Online & Barcelona




9.000 €


Semi Face-to-face

Target Audience

The Professional Master in Football is aimed at coaches, physical trainers, members of technical teams and professionals in the world of football.

The profiles that can access the master’s are the following:

  • Bachelors or graduates in CAFE, prioritizing those with a specialty in football.
  • Trainers with federal qualifications.
  • Exceptionally, professionals with other qualifications who, given their profile and experience, titles and/or sporting merits, have the necessary knowledge to make good use of it, can access it.

Learning Outcomes

From this master’s degree you will obtain the skills and knowledge necessary to:

  • Being able to work efficiently in a technical team of the highest level.
  • Carry out training that takes into account all areas of performance in a systemic way and set the necessary guidelines to achieve greater quality and specificity in training.
  • Understand the game from the perspective of the complexity sciences and analyze the game from the individual to the collective scale.
  • Know the tasks that encourage the player to practice the necessary and essential aspects to be able to internalize and express the identity of the game.
  • Identify the main collective behaviors of high performance teams based on different structures and the interaction and interrelationship of the players in the emergence of different patterns.
  • Manage a dressing room and all the members who co-form it.
  • Obtain greater player returns from scouting and analyst reports .


1. Conceptualization Of Training From A Complex, Dynamic And Non-linear Perspective

This module aims to provide the student with the necessary skills to understand the game from the perspective of the sciences of complexity. The game will be analyzed from the individual to the collective scale, taking into account the most recent scientific evidence in this field.

  1. Introduction
    • Why is an approach to football from the sciences of complexity necessary?
    • The complexity
  2. Football applications
    • The theory of dynamic systems. Basic concepts and their application to football.
    • The player’s interaction with the game.
    • Applications to human motor skills.
2. FC Barcelona's Training Methodology

This module aims to describe the idea of ​​the game and justify all the components that must be taken into account in order to carry out a successful methodology, such as that of FC Barcelona. 

  1. Observation of the game from the perspective of FCBarcelona
    • Game scenarios; Observation of the game through interdependent situational events.
    • The elements that make up the scenarios of the game.
    • The emergence of advantages in the game.
    • Communication in the game, intracommunication / intercommunication.
  2. Organization of FCBarcelona’s game idea
    • Game dynamics in the Disposition Phase (FD).
    • Game dynamics in the Recovery Phase (FR).
  3. Organization of the practice of the FCBarcelona game
    • Didactic procedures. Collaboration games, collaboration-opposition games and evaluation games.
    • Organization of the weekly microcycle and periodization of learning situations.
    • Organization of the training session.
    • Design and intervention in the Preferential Simulator Situation .
  4. Evaluation of control and training procedure
    • Description of the player’s “token”: its validity for the session and the match.
    • Observation criteria for the coach during the session and the match.
  5. The goalkeeper of FC Barcelona: idea and practice of the game
    • Structure, functions and objectives of the goalkeeping department.
    • Identity of the FC Barcelona goalkeeper: functions and responsibilities in the game.
    • Organization of the game.
    • Organization of practice: individual, isolated, integrated and shared training.
    • The recruitment of the FC Barcelona goalkeeper.
3. Optimization Of The Different Structures Applied To Fcbarcelona

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the necessary skills to build the training process, taking into account the conditional needs of the team based on the FC Barcelona game model and facilitating optimization of the different structures of the player thanks to the application of proposals and emerging scientific knowledge.

  1. Planning models in football : where we come from and where we are going
    • Theoretical organizational models based on the needs of the game and the player.
  2. The conditioning training at FC Barcelona from a holistic perspective
    • Basics of the theory of complex dynamic systems aimed at physical preparation.
    • Conditional equipment needs depending on the game model.
  3. Design of the Structured Microcycle
    • What is the Structured Microcycle ?
    • Phases of the Structured Microcycle.
    • Weekly organization of training content.
    • Intercommunication of the sessions based on the day of the match.
  4. Situation s Preferential Simulators (SSP)
    • What are SSPs and how do we understand them from a conditional point of view?
    • Variables that affect the requirement of the SSP.
    • Construction of SSP based on the needs proposed by the trainer.
    • Design of tasks aimed at player, player or team coordination.
  5. Evaluation and control of load in optimizing training and competition
    • Proposals that address physical variables.
    • Payload rating options based on specificity and tactical dimension.
4. Understanding The Game And Its Application Through Training Tasks

The objectives of this module are the study and understanding of the game by observing the collective patterns of organization, identifying the main collective behaviors of high performance teams based on different structures and the interaction and interrelationship of players in the emergence of different patterns.

  1. The collective structure of organization
    • Organizational structure.
    • Structures built for position play.
    • Structures built for vertical game proposals.
  2. functionality
    • Game situations in the preparation phase: game starts.
    • Compensatory movements.
    • Organization of the recovery phase.
    • Examples of performance models and training in professional teams.
    • The integration of the goalkeeper in a game idea.
5. Training Model (from Initiation To Performance)

In this module, the role of pedagogy in football skills training will be discussed, both for players in the early stages of training, and for players in the performance phase who need to continue to acquire tools to adapt to the game context.

  1. Competency model of teaching. What do we teach? what do we learn
    • Difference between Teaching model / Learning model.
    • Concept Model / Optimization Guide.
    • Vertebration of the game’s own idea.
  2. Consistency in the periodization and sequencing of contents based on the principle of individualization. When do we teach? When do we learn? How do we organize ourselves?
    • Periodization
    • Timing (principle of individualization).
    • session pattern
    • Tools for timing preference.
    • Comprehensive learning objectives, optimization indicators and their monitoring.
  3. Pedagogical intervention of the technician-trainer. How do we teach? How do we learn?
    • Procedural strategies.
    • Didactic strategies.
    • Cooperative learning experiences and active pedagogy.
    • Selection of the trainer’s profile.
    • Analysis of the pedagogical intervention of the technician (qualitative analysis of the slogans and reflection guidelines).
  4. Treatment of the coordinative structure. How do we contextualize motor action?
    • Comprehensive design of the coordinative structure.
    • Coordinative facilitating actions.
    • Coordinative chains.
    • Didactic application of the motor action continuum.
  5. Treatment of the cognitive structure. How do we decide?
    • Cognitive affect of constraints.
    • Emotional labor experiences (relationship between SPD and emotions).
    • Strategies for optimizing the player’s autonomous behavior (self-management).
    • Organization of the decision-making system based on the development of collective communication and relationship tools. The relationship and communication within the team.
    • Values ​​in training.
    • Identification of collective behaviors based on game stimuli and events.
    • Game situations (relationship with the coordinative structure).
6. Optimization Of The Training Process And Human Resource Management

In this last module, the master’s degree will give an updated view of two essential topics in modern football. First of all, one of the objectives will be to show the student real experiences of how to manage a dressing room and all the members that make it up. Second, it will showcase the most up-to-date resources that exist to try to get the most out of players based on information from the pro teams’ scouting and analytics departments.

  1. Optimization of the ATTENTION Phase
    • Post-training optimization.
    • Pre-match optimization.
    • Tactical meetings (team meetings).
  2. Optimization of the PERFORMANCE Phase
    • Optimization of the First Part.
    • Direction of the Middle Part.
  3. Evaluation of the match
    • Post-match stage.
    • Pre-training stage.
  4. The coach as a role model
    • Qualities and tasks of the equipment manager.
    • The coach, principles and values.
    • Styles and models for the management of all members of a team.
  5. Problem solving in human groups
    • Human sports groups.
    • Non-sporting human groups.
  6. The trainer as communicator
    • Communication models of the coach.
    • Orientations in communication.
  7. Tactical analysis and scouting from a professional point of view
    • Characteristics of the observational methodology.
    • The new technology applied to football.
    • Data interpretation and analysis.
  8. Scouting in the technical secretariat
    • Game analysis application.
    • Definition of operational strategy following the analysis of the rival.
Professional Master in Football

Start Date:


Completion Date:


24 months




Online & Barcelona




9.000 €

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