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Football Behavior Management Interdisciplinary Studies Program Summer 2023 July 4-Week - Amsterdam

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Football Behavior Management

Football Behavior Management Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Business
Instruction in: English
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 48


In cooperation with FC Twente, we organize a course to help you learn how to recruit the right players for a professional football club. Although the recruitment strategy also works for other sports, during the course we focus on football (soccer).

While player recruitment is one of the most important aspects of running a club, it is also one of the least understood processes. For that reason, we look into five different sciences that support better decision making in the recruitment of players. These five sciences are:
1) Viable System Model. (VSM)
2) Cybernetic Big Five Theory (Cb5T)
3) Organizational Behaviour Management (OBM)
4) Subjective Bayesian statistics
5) Triangulation.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
- write a player scouting report
- present a player to a decision maker
- build a Bayesian network model for data scouting
- structure a club to protect her long-term interest
- influence decision makers to make good decisions.

Because the course falls in the summer transfer window, it is not possible to guarantee all activities. Nevertheless, in the previous course we went to see a European Match of a Dutch club, we went to see a closed-door training session at FC Twente, visited the FC Twente stadium and presented the players we found during the course to the decision makers at FC Twente. All of this involves travelling and there might be additional costs to cover your trip, for instance via public transport.

The course will be taught through lectures, practical sessions with professional live, video & data scouts, technical director, player agent and mental coach, excursions to live matches, training sessions and a pro club. Students will be expected to dedicate an additional 12 hours to self-study. Students will be assessed by finding a player for a pro club, write a report on this player and present the player at a pro club.

Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course. CEA CAPA's recommended credits are based on the contact hours assigned by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam): 15 contact hours equals 1 U.S. credit

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