Why use DLS?


DLS initiates most effective learning leading to highest performance with fun!


DLS prevents sports injuries in a most effective way!


DLS does not only affect your body but also your brain in a holistic way!


DLS is based on most recent scientific findings!

Great impact

DLS will not only improve your performance, it will change your personality!


DLS was the basis for many other upcoming training and teaching concepts!

About the creator

Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang I. Schöllhorn is the creator of the Differential Learning System. For many years he trained national and international athletes in different sports. In 1990 he received a PhD in biomechanics from the University of Frankfurt. After having professorships and guest professorships around the world he became professor for training and movement science at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz in 2007. His work in the field of athletics, biomechanics, and motor learning has received several national and international prizes including the Performance Award of International Society of Biomechanics for Differencial learning (DL) and 2006 the “Deutsches Werkbund Label”.

DLS on-line Certification Courses

The DLS Certification courses will allow you to be a proficient user of this system! The first level is a on-line based course allowing you to get all the content without leaving your home! Find more about our advance levels in our "events" tab.


Thomas Tuchel

Head Coach (Borussia Dortmund)
(in Léquipe) ..."Thomas Tuchel is more scientific than philosophical and draws his inspiration from the work of Professor Wolfgang Schöllhorn, who proved that the variety of exercises was necessary for athletes. He has put in place unusual exercises: playing a training match with an object in hand or juggling with tennis balls."

Francisco Seiru-Lo

Methodology Director (FC Barcelona)
(in Mais Futebol)... "What the current director of the methodology area of Barcelona put into practice in 2000 was theorized by Professor Wolfgang Schollhorn of the University of Mainz, Germany.Differential Learning breaks with the traditional idea in football and sport in general that repetition is the best method for developing the player."

Niko Kovac

Head Coach (Eintracht Frankfurt)
(in The Guardian)... "But by insisting on individual approaches to training, Kovac follows the school of thought that is gaining more and more support in football. It takes on board the idea of “differential training” developed by professor Wolfgang Schöllhorn of Mainz University, who has worked with Jürgen Klopp and the Mainz head coach, Thomas Tuchel."

Jürgen Klopp

Head Coach (Liverpool FC)
(in FOTBOLL) ..."Around Europe, many of Klopp's scientific efforts were also fascinated. He worked for a period near Dr. Wolfgang Schöllhorn at Mainz University. Schöllhorn's studies on training techniques and "differentiated learning" are rewritten and have been attended by both Barcelona and Klopp's successors in Mainz and Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel."

DLS Courses near you!

DLS Certification (Level 1) – Techniques
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Comité Olímpico de Portugal, Lisboa, Portugal
DLS Certification (Technics) – Football
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Caixa Futebol Campus
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