ISAFA 2016 @ Qatar

Workshop program [19-23 March] Conference program [24-25 March]


[2016.03.19-25] Qatar University, the College of Arts and Sciences, stakeholders and partners organise full week of football and science, to include:

  • 5 days Intensive course to gain Professional Football Fitness Coaching Certificate.
  • 2 days International Conference on Science & Football

Applied Science, Physical and mental preparation, Nutrition and hydration, Conditioning, Video analysis, Practical workshops, Seminars, Key guests and speakers.

7-day ISAFA conference concludes

[2016.03.26] “The 2016 edition of the ISAFA, International Science and Football Association event in Qatar provided the opportunity to students and delegates to interact first-hand with world’s leading coaches and scientists speakers and more importantly with each other and share their experience.


The seven-day event organised by the Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences’ Sport Science Programme from March 19 concluded yesterday. The second ISAFA conference has attracted 61 abstracts; 41 abstracts are presented orally and 20 as posters, including young investigators forum.

The opening of the event was attended by the Vice-President for Student Affairs Dr Khalid Mohamed Al Khanji, the Turkish Ambassador in Qatar  Ahmet Demirok, CAS Dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi CAS Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs Dr Mohamed Ahmedna, Chair of the ISAFA, Qatar Olympic Committee Professorial, Chair in Sport Science Program Dr Monèm Jemni, Director of Sport Science Programme Dr Ruben Goebel.

QU President Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham, said: “QU is always proud of leading the way to cutting edge events, where academics and scientists could share best practices and apply their theories to impact societies and the end users. The ISAFA 2016 is with no exception, a unique event, where academics gathered from different parts of the globe will be exchanging their knowledge to building the future generation of football professionals and modelling the coming stars in the run-up to the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar and beyond.”

The ISAFA acts in this domain. Its mission is to ‘To share science-based knowledge around football between scientists, technicians, medicals and field practitioners.’ It focuses on the scientific aspects behind football and to render this sport mostly based on clear science-based sport to creating champions. There is no doubt that many sports, such as, athletics, swimming, cycling, motor sports and have taken advantage of scientists’ input in order to break records with milliseconds…. It is time for the football sector to take more advantage of these sciences in to progress.

The Turkish Ambassador said: “I’m very pleased to see such an important event organised at QU as Qatar drives its preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. I’m looking forward to getting the recommendations of ISAFA into reality”.

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