FALL I

  • Compass Learning Community (1 credit hours)
  • Management of Sports Communication (3 credit hours)
  • Italian I (3 credit hours)

In addition to the courses listed above, students must select one course from the list below. Those courses last for the entire semester. 

  • Italian Soccer Methodology – Strategy (5 credit hours)
  • Italian Volleyball Methodology – Strategy (5 credit hours)
  • Italian Tennis Methodology – Strategy (5 credit hours)

FALL II

  • Sports Science and Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • Coaching – Leadership and Performance (3 credit hours)

SPRING I

  • Compass Learning Community (1 credit hour)
  • Sports Media & Press Management (3 credit hours)
  • Sports Legal & Management (3 credit hours)

In addition to the courses listed above, students must select one course from the list below. Those courses last for the entire semester. 

  • Italian Soccer Methodology – Match Analysis (5 credit hours)
  • Italian Volleyball Methodology – Match Analysis (5 credit hours)
  • Italian Tennis Methodology – Match Analysis (5 credit hours)

SPRING II

  • Coaching – Sport Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Italian II (3 credit hours)

SUMMER

  • Internship (3 credit hours)

*Unless approved for Fall or Spring

Courses Description

FALL SEMESTER

Management of Sports Communication

This module focuses on the management of communication processes that are typical of sports clubs, in particular, communication from the club to the outside.

Subjects:

  • Dealing with the press
  • Public speaking
  • Case History

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 Media & Press Management

This course provides the participants with the skills necessary to handle press-related activities within a sports club, in particular, methods and procedures for an effective sport communication, as well as the monitoring of external communication through influencers and stakeholders.

Subjects:

  • Writing of press releases and kits, organization of conferences
  • Management of social network communication
  • Case History

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

Sports Legal & Management

Organizational Models – policies for the management of youth players. The program will also cover legal and bureaucratic notions related to the management of youth teams, which, if successful, can determine the success of soccer clubs and national teams, both in terms of sports performance and financial results. The program’s aim is to offer full and comprehensive training of participants in relation to academies, by incorporating the knowledge acquired in the Soccer Methodology lesson concerning the physical, as well as the technical-tactical development of young players, with the knowledge of the more purely legal and bureaucratic aspects governed by FIFA (applied by all local federations).

Subjects:

  • FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of minors and first yearly membership (article 19 of FIFA regulations).
  • The importance of youth teams in football: management and organizational models in Italy and comparison with European models.
  • Case History

Italian course

Basics of Italian language for sport practice.

SPRING SEMESTER

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.