"Football is a game you play with your brain."

~ Johan CruyFFff

SoccerSmart founded by Coach Marcus DiBernardo, one the top experts in Cognitive Soccer Coaching, is leading the way in cognitive soccer theory, research, and the development of the soccer brain/soccer IQ. His unique coaching methodology uses the latest research from neuroscientists  cognitive psychologists, exercise pyhsiologists, nutritionists, holistic health professionals, sports pyschologists, sleep specialists, movement experts, top brain theory educators and many more.  The SoccerSmart methodology focuses on creating innovative learning environments that lead to the development of unique and special skill sets, ultimately increasing soccer intelligence and overall technical and tactical proficiency in players, as they develop an increased ability to problem solve faster, think quicker, learn faster, understand the learning process, have greater focus and increased emotional control. Learn the latest in ecological theory and training design, constraints training, gridding, cueing, game-based essentials, and much more.  The future of player development is in the brain, it is not in the physical aspect! 


Coach DiBernardo Presenting to NY Red Bulls Coaching Staff


Sometimes we practice on slippery, extremely narrow or extremely wide pitches, players control the ball with their knees before passes and defenders hold on to tennis balls to stop them pulling the shirts of opponents. The aim is to make training so complex and mentally demanding that the game feels relaxing by contrast.


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This course has really opened my eyes up to new ideas and possibilities that I had never even considered before.  I thought I knew it all, having been a former player and coach for over 20 years.  I am so glad I decided to take this course. Now my players and myself are seeing the benefits.  I really feel re-enrgized as a coach again.  


William -  Scotland

I am using the materials from you course along with my curriculum.  The players are having fun and are really engaged in the exercises. It has now been 6 months since I started using the "SoccerSmart" program and the results are showing. Parents are enthusiastic. They are seeing totally different children. 

So thanks again for all your work and effort.



Johan - Netherlands