The principle of DFI is simple: "You learn to play football by playing football!" The biggest goal of training at the German Football Boarding School is to provide the boarding school students and external players with the optimal individual support they need. This is only possible since every player at the DFI, thanks to the school's schedule, which is tailored to the needs of the athletes, receives training that is adapted to their strengths and weaknesses four times a week in the morning. In the youth department, special emphasis is placed on clean technical execution with a high number of repetitions, whereas with the older players more emphasis is place on the group tactical area. These are supplemented with a precise individual analysis of the students, which is carried out with tests in the fields of physical prowess, flexibility, speed and athletic skills. The second training session of the day takes place as a team. The majority of our players play for our own club, the DFI Bad Aibling eV, wherein great importance is attached to the tactical aspect of the game, or for other clubs in the region (FC Bayern Munich, TSV 1860 Munich, SpVgg Unterhaching, FC Kufstein, TSV 1860 Rosenheim, Sportbund Rosenheim, SB Chiemgau Traunstein, TuS Bad Aibling, SV Bruckmühl).
Full-time professional coaches
When training the players at the DFI, great importance is attached to ensuring that the players are educated in a variety of spheres. The highest premise for all DFI coaches is to challenge and support the player in a way that is neither excessive nor insufficient and thereby ensures the best overall development of the player.
The broader the tactical understanding, the better the decision making in complex match situations and the easier it is for the players to adapt to tactical changes. Another important cornerstone in training at DFI is that the players learn to make their own decisions on the pitch, regardless of defensive or offensive.
The aim is to ensure that players can read the requirements of the game in an age-appropriate manner during their time at DFI Bad Aibling, so that they can independently find solutions on the pitch in the latter phase of their sporting career. To us, individual mentorship is more important than short-term team success.
While individuality is supported, the collective goal is equally encouraged. It has a very important role in the mentality of the players. The players learn how to behave in a group and what it means to experience team spirit, which contributes significantly to the development of young footballers. This includes conveying social and ethical values with the aim of shaping well-rounded personalities.
A positive culture of errors is practiced at the school, because one that works and trains also makes mistakes. The forgiveness and acceptance of mistakes, especially if the effort fits, is always conveyed to the players.
These are the cornerstones for successfully mentoring youth players. The training at the German Football Boarding School is imprinted by fair play and the respectful treatment of players, coaches, employees, opponents and referees. All this is only possible through a team of trainers who have integrated and live this philosophy on the pitch every day. At DFI, we are confident that we have the right coaches who go about their work with passion and do everything they can to train their players in the best possible way.
Teams participating in the highest leagues
Having the best coaches or being the best organisation is of no help without the right infrastructure. That's why we have the following available at DFI: