Prior to the official start of the congress at 1:00 p.m. on the 24th of July 2016, you will get the chance to participate in "Pre-Workshops" which are strongly related to the field of team and racket sports research. Receiving first-hand information about products and trends for the future, networking with the companies and intellectual exchange about the branch are just a few of the rewarding experiences you will get when participating.

Due to the limited number of participants in the pre-workshops it is necessary to sign in via email ( before the workshops begin.

You will find details about the different companies at the pre-workshops offered below:

Pre-Workshop 1


Football analysis by means of SOCCER: New dimensions to read the game

Jürgen Perl, Mainz

Advanced technologies of tracking players and ball positions offer a huge amount of data containing a wealth of interesting information with respect to game performance analysis.

Nevertheless, most of the current game analysis approaches are limited to trivial indicators like players' mean speed or percentages of ball possession.

In contrast, SOCCER offers much more advanced analysis techniques using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques including neural networks, Voronoi-cells and dynamical learning. These techniques cover a broad field of applications from process and tactics analyses resulting in much more meaningful performance indicators. Network-based process and tactics analyses not only enable to better understand the dynamics of the game but also help to develop and validate KPIs which reflect complex activities and their success.

Example attacking efficiency:

Based on position data, SOCCER generates a compact profile of attacking-defending-dynamics. SOCCER allows measuring the attacking efficiency by correlating space control and ball control in critical areas by including information about passes behaviour and team tactical patterns. This way, the KPI attacking efficiency is not just an abstract number but together with the attacking profile reflects dynamics and success of the attacking tactics.

The Pre-Workshop will introduce the concepts and methods of SOCCER and demonstrate how it works.


Pre-Workshop 2


Teaching Games and educating Physical Education (PE) class

Günter Stibbe & Stefan Meier

The question regarding the methodological design of (physical education) class has always been the central issue of scientific interest. On the one hand a gap in teaching is proclaimed especially in the context of an educating PE class, , on the other hand this gap is considered to be closed from a different point of view. Against this background, it is a matter of discussing teaching concepts and ideas about the methodological design of an educating PE class in selected course books on didactics, for teaching approaches in general and specifically in terms of soccer. It is necessary to clarify whether and to what extend relations between the methodological suggestions in the context of teaching sports games in soccer and one or another version of an educating physical education class can be found or if a gap in teaching can still be seen.



Pre-Workshop 3


Pedagogical Quality in P.E. and Training: Does it matter? What does it look like? How can we evaluate it?

Alfred Richartz, Uni Hamburg

Quality is one of the main issues in the field of education, especially since the concept of accountability plays a leading role in the school context. However, Physical Education seemed to be left untouched by these concerns, maybe because one of its main goals is to promote children’s and youth’s participation in physical activity in their leisure time – instead of students’ achievements in standardized tests as is the case in other school subjects. The discussion in the field of coaching, though, adopted concepts and findings from educational research, coining the notion of “effective coaching” as a parallel to “effective teaching” (Coté & Gilbert, 2009). This strategy seems to be plausible because coaches have similar goals as teachers have (to promote achievement in skills and competencies, social-emotional development, and motivation), they deal with groups of learners in defined context, and their effectiveness should have a noticeable impact on athletes’ development. Since there is a long and powerful line of research in effective teaching and its evaluation, it may be useful to bring these findings into the field of coaching and P.E. We therefore adopted a research-based and broadly differentiated evaluation instrument for teaching and learning contexts which focuses on process-quality – the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS, Pianta, La Paro & Hamre, 2008). After evaluating coaches, we produced best practice video-clips and presented them to coaches to focus their attention on behavioral markers of quality indicators. In a corresponding questionnaire coaches of all qualification levels indicated that pedagogical quality is an important issue for their daily training routines, and that clearly focusing attention to quality markers in video-clips is helpful to improve their own learning.

At present, the project is taken to the field of Handball. In this workshop the instrument will be presented and its application in coach education will be discussed.

Coté, J. & Gilbert, W. (2009). An Integrative Definiton of Coaching Effectiveness and Expertise. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 4, 307-323.

Pianta, R.C., La Paro, K. & Hamre, B.K. (2008). Classroom Assessment Scoring System. Manual K-3. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.


Pre-Workshop 4


Match Analysis (Spielanalyse-Team Köln) – Support of the German A-National soccer team: Content, structure and responsibility

Alexander Otto, German Sport University Cologne

Im Vorfeld der FIFA Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft (WM) 2006 kamen Verantwortliche der sportlichen Leitung der A-Nationalmannschaft des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes (DFB) zu dem Entschluss, die Gegnervorbereitung hinsichtlich systematischer Spielanalysen zu optimieren und eine Kooperation mit einer universitären Einrichtung einzugehen. Dies war der Beginn eines Projekts (im Folgenden als „Team Köln“ bezeichnet), in dem seither Studierende der DSHS Köln Analysen über die kommenden Gegner der A-Nationalmannschaft vorbereiten und dafür im Bereich der systematischen Spielanalysen sowohl von verantwortlichen Mitarbeiter der DSHS Köln als auch vom DFB geschult werden. 

Der Workshop soll einen Einblick in die Arbeit und Struktur des Teams geben.



Pre-Workshop 5



Carston Gondorf, Area Manager Tobii Group (Phone: +49 (0) 69 - 24 75 034 26 /

Eye tracking is a sensor technology that enables a device to know exactly where your eyes are focused. It determines your presence, attention, focus, drowsiness, consciousness or other mental states. This information can be used to gain deep insights into human behavior or to design new user interfaces across various devices.

The first part of this 2-hour Tobii Pro Eye tracking Workshop serves as an introduction into the methodology and its application within different fields of sports research. Furthermore, we will discuss how to integrate Eye-tracking technology into realistic and dynamic action environments, and its synchronization options with other biometric devices.

In the second part, we will perform practical sport exercises and get hands-on experience with Tobii Pro mobile Eye trackers: Tobii Pro Glasses 2. There are no prerequisites and researchers from all fields are welcome.

If you already want to get started and prepare for the workshop, you’ll find extensive learning topics at: or


Pre-Workshop 6


Multi-Parametric Movement Analysis in Therapy and Training – Biomechanics in the Application

Velamed GmbH, Cologne

Therapy success and performance in sports used to be measured just by quantity – higher, faster, farther.  When it comes to achieving these goals, quality of movements becomes essential – coordination, symmetry, efficiency. Therefore these categories have to be evaluated and controlled continuously, if not even become part of the everyday work of therapists and trainers. Complex movement, EMG, pressure/force distribution and strength analyses used to be performed in biomechanical labs, far away from any sports field and everyday situations.

Furthermore the effort needed to produce this data has been way too big relative to the therapeutic consequences and outcomes. Today the goal is to establish high-end biomechanics in reality conditions and presenting the results understandable for everybody. Biomechanical data needs to find its way into everyday therapy and training to evaluate, control and visualize the parameters you are working on. Finally the state of the patient is constantly documented for every responsible person – from the coaches and therapists to the doctors and, most important, to the patients themselves.

This workshop addresses all kinds of practitioners: Athletic Coaches, Physio Therapists, Sports Scientist, Doctors and everybody involved in Sports Rehabilitation und Prevention. We are showing you the latest diagnostic, analysis and biofeedback treatment strategies for prevention and rehabilitation in sports using latest biomechanical technologies. 


July 20, 2016

RQES conference supplement

We are pleased to inform you that conference abstracts are now published in a supplement issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport ( Conference attendees can download a pdf of the content here. German abstracts not published in the RQES supplement can be found here

July 19, 2016

Conference App

As an additional feature you have the possibility to use the conference app (conference4me) on your smartphone or tablet. You can download it in the App Store or GooglePlay Store to get the Agenda with sessions and presentations available offline, updates or news.

July 04, 2016

Routledge 20% discount

Routledge are pleased to offer an exclusive 20% discount on a selected range of key sports titles to delegates attending this month's 6th International TGfU Conference.

June 03, 2016

Program online

We are pleased to inform you that the detailed conference program is now online. If you have trouble finding your contribution, please log into your account and go to “My Abstract” in the “My conference” pull-down menu. By clicking onto the respective abstract you will see when your presentation is scheduled and in which session.

April 26, 2016

Payment via credit-card available

Credit card payment is also available. Please click under "my tickets" on the button "pay your unpaid tickets" using your credit card. By clicking the button a new browser window will pop up redirecting you to our payment service provider.

April 15, 2016

Early Bird Deadline - extended

We would like to inform you that "early bird" deadline has been exended until 6th of May. Payment via credit card should be available in the next days.

March 30, 2016

Review process started

We are pleased to inform you that the submissions have been reviewed by two independent experts. You can find the reviewers' comments in "my conference" --> "my abstracts/ my workshops" --> "show review results".

February 17, 2016

Deadline for abstract submissions extended

Due to many requests, the deadline for abstract submissions has been extended. Please submit your abstracts until 29th of February, 2016 at the latest.

February 03, 2016

Further information for abstract/workshop submissions

To submit abstracts or workshops please use the "my conference" button to add your single abstract (oral or practical presentation or poster) or your workshop (with the possibility to invite additional speakers). For single abstracts you will be asked to enter a title, author(s) and a plain text of maximum 300 words. You can not upload formatted documents. To submit a thematic workshop/symposia you have two options: As a symposia/workshop organizer you can create a symposia/workshop by entering title and a describtion of the whole symposia/workshop. Than you can invite the individual contributors to submit their abstracts for their own or you collect all individual abstracts and submit them together.

January 18, 2016

New manuscript: RQES on the top 10 research questions on TGFU

We are happy to announce a newly published manuscript in RQES on the top 10 research questions on TGFU which is intended to give some guidance to contributors in shaping an exciting and interesting conference in Cologne 2016. The content of the manuscript was based on the overarching conference themes that were established by the organizing team of the Institute of Team/Racket Sport Research in close collaboration with the scientific board of the conference. We are grateful to all the contributors and want to thank them for their valuable contribution.  

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