The Football IntelliGym, the world’s leading sports intelligence training program, was developed based on over 30 years of cognitive research and in collaboration with 10 elite football academies and two universities in Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria. Among these clubs are world-renowned development academies including AZ Alkmaar, PSV Eindhoven, Red Bull Salzburg, Rapid Vienna, Hamburg SV, and DSC Arminia Bielefeld. More than 600 football players participated in the pilot programs.
During the Football IntelliGym pilot programs, research studies were conducted by Cologne Sport University and VU Amsterdam to measure the effectiveness of cognitive training at improving the performance of athletes on the field. The studies aimed to see if computer-based training program was more effective than other, more traditional methods of developing football intelligence; watching and analyzing football videos.
The studies, one of the first of their kind, were funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The Dutch study, a region known for its youth development programs, was conducted by Vrjie Universiteit Amsterdam, a leading research institute in the Netherlands, that looked to measure performance improvements at AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven. The German study was conducted by Cologne Sport University with participation from the German Football Association (DFB), and involved athletes from Hamburger SV and DSC Arminia Bielefeld.