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The Benefits of Training at IQ Football Academy


Our brain-centred curriculum has been developed to take a player’s talent to the next level. If you’re serious about the game and you’re wanting to train like a professional, this is the curriculum you need.

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Your mindset will determine how you perform on and off the field. Confidence, resilience and belief, sets up a player’s thought-life and as such, their habits, distinguishing them from those who haven’t focussed on the mental side of the game.


Memory, decision making and the ability for a player to analyse the most important information on a field are key factors for the future of the game. Developing these skills with the right training is critical to raising your level of talent.

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How we develop intelligent players on and off the field

Brain-Centred Football Curriculum

Our curriculum and IQ. Tools have shown proven results that improve the technique and mental processes of a player.

IQ Methodology Neuroscience


Intelligence is not fixed. We help players understand how to use their mind to create neural connections that positively impact their game, and life.

IQ Methodology Player centred model

Player-Centred Model

We help unlock the player’s confidence through guided discovery, using the game as the teacher & small-sided games. 

IQ Methodology Goals


The football field is a perfect environment to help guide a player’s physical, psychological, cognitive and social development.

Meet Sean Szabo | Founder of IQ Football

Meet Sean Szabo Coach
Recognised as a leading brain-centred football coach in Gauteng, Sean Szabo is highly recommended by parents who want to assist their child’s motor and technical skills, as well as their cognitive development on and off the field.

Established in Johannesburg in 2015, IQ Football was founded by Sean as a culmination of his passion for football coaching and brain-centred research.

Football was always in his blood, coming from a line of semi-professional English football players. He was born on White Hart Lane in London, and began his own football career when he was scouted and signed by Plymouth Argyle FC. As well as excelling at his academy club, he went on to represent his county team, Devon, and trialled for England schoolboys at age sixteen, before playing semi-professionally for Tiverton Town FC.

His passion and aptitude for coaching was recognised from young, having been asked to coach the younger Plymouth Argyle FC academy players at age sixteen. But his coaching career began to become his ultimate focus, when at a crucial time, an illness stopped him from playing the game for over a year. During that time, he began developing mental strength and resilience to overcome the knock-back.

Much of Sean’s passion for understanding the mind and brain connection, and the ability to develop positive mindsets grew from overcoming trials. This led him to study works from the likes of Jim Rohn, Michel Bruyninckx and Dr Caroline Leaf.

In 2011, he won the Football Association Football Futures Leadership Award and the English Football Association Coaching Scholarship 2011/12, giving him the opportunity to work with and be mentored by some of the best coaches in England.

He went on to gain his FA license and is VIPR (Vitality, Performance, Re-conditioning) qualified.

In 2012, having just graduated with a BA Hons in the UK, Sean was scouted by Grand Canyon University, and was offered their soccer scholarship. He chose to pursue advancing his coaching programme, and today, IQ Football is helping develop intelligent players on and off the field, across differing socio-economic backgrounds, so that elite training can be accessible to everyone.

Whether you are a parent who wants to provide professional brain-centred football training and mentoring for their children, a club player who is wanting to raise their game and become an intelligent player on and off the field, or a player who wants to aim for a USA football scholarship IQ Football can be your guide, taking you to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that we can answer your most pressing questions, but if your question is not listed here, please don’t hesitate to email Sean at or call him on +27 (0) 79 607 6101

How do I sign up?
  1. Complete the contact form.
  2. We’ll be in touch with training times and membership options.
  3. Sign the registration form to start training.

To begin this process, navigate to the register page.

What is the Annual Membership fee?

Annual Membership is compulsory and is an annual once-off fee charged separately from your training fees. 

The following options are available:

R650 Once-Off Payment
Kit (shirt, shorts, socks)

R850 Once-Off Payment (Valued at R900)
Kit + Football (Size-4)

R1100 Once-Off Payment (Valued at R1250)
Kit + IQ. Ball (ball on a string)

Why should I send my children to IQ Football?

Players are being raised in a fast-paced world that demands their full capacity but their environment is not conducive to their growth. Screen-time is debilitating their concentration, fine-motor skills and social abilities.

IQ Football uses brain-centred training to equip the players of today to be able to thrive as adults in their complex future. 

IQ Football is South Africa’s only brain-centred soccer academy that develops a players’ unique intelligence with benefits showing on, and off, the field, setting them on a pathway of success. The professional game is no longer dependent on physical ability alone but, more so than ever, on a player’s brain. Training through an internationally developed curriculum under an FA qualified head coach enables players to reach their mental and physical potential.

The IQ Football Academy curriculum develops intelligent players for the professional game by utilising the latest research in cognitive football training methods, neuroscience, the player-centred model and mentoring.

Whether you’re a parent looking for professional football training from coaches who mentor children (regardless of their current level of football); a club player looking to raise their game mentally and physically; or a player wanting to seek football scholarships in the USA, we have the pathway for you.

How many times a week do we train?

We offer players the opportunity to train 1 – 4 times per week. The choice is yours. If your schedule permits it, training as often as possible per week will help accelerate a player’s growth.

What is brain-centred training?

Brain-centred training is a form of learning that is based on the latest scientific research on how the brain learns. It was once believed that intelligence was a fixed characteristic that barely changes throughout one’s life. This has now been refuted. There is a physical change in the brain when it learns, which is now known as neuroplasticity. Learning in an effective way improves brain-functioning, resilience and intelligence.

Football is a complex sport which presents multiple opportunities to develop cognitively. 

The concept behind IQ Football is to develop intelligent players by utilising the latest academic research in: Neuroscience, Brain-Centred Football Training, Player-Centred Training and Coaching and Mentoring. The aforementioned methods help speed up and improve the mental processes of a player, including: concentration, spatial awareness, and speed of thought.

Brain-centred training has a hugely beneficial effect on the player in terms of football development. Their technique and skills improve quicker as a consequence of working on challenging mental drills. In addition, the positive effect on mental capacities are not necessarily sport specific – attributes such as belief, resilience, decision making, awareness, attunement and working under pressure are also improved.

Enrollment and Payment
  1. All group training is charged monthly regardless of attendance.
  2. Fees are charged monthly in advance, and are due by the 7th of the month.
  3. Termination of membership shall be subject to one month’s written notice and payment thereof.
What are IQ. Tools?

We’re always looking at ways to help ‘develop intelligent players’ – on and off the field, so we created ‘tools’ to assist in your child’s cognitive development.

  1. Ball – R500: The IQ. Ball has been shown to improve: attention and concentration, technique, perception, coordination and timing.
  2. IQ. Branded Size 4 Football – R250: Enabling your child to play at home gives them more opportunity to increase their ball mastery skills and confidence.

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The Next Step

To get things started, simply fill out the form, and we’ll be in touch with the training options available.

We only offer a free trial session to those signing up for our Academy Training.
Available for All Levels