How to become a fully qualified UEFA coach

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How to become a fully qualified UEFA coach
UEFA administers the European Cup and the annual Champions League contest between top football clubs. (Image courtesy of UEFA.)

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is Europe's governing soccer body. The highest level of UEFA coaching qualification is the pro coaching licence, which is aimed at Europe's elite clubs. The English Football Association offers coaching courses from a grass-roots level for coaches to gain experience by becoming an FA Level 1 club coach. From there, you can work your way up through the coaching levels to FA Level 3 UEFA "A" coach, which is a step below the pro coaching licence.

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    Enrol in the Football Association's FA Level 1 club coach programme. Courses are held at various sites in the United Kingdom and are for those who have no coaching experience. The course provides instruction in basic soccer coaching techniques.

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    Participate in the FA Level 2 club coach programme. The courses are held at certain times of the year in centres throughout the United Kingdom. The course is for those who have soccer coaching experience or have completed the FA Level 1 Club Coach course. The course covers team formations and how to coach one-on-one training sessions.

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    Complete Coaching Level 3, which is the UEFA B recognised qualification. Courses are run throughout the UK; participants must have completed the FA Level 2 club coach programme to enrol. The in-depth course covers functional soccer coaching practices, such as small-sided matches, evaluating players and team performances. You will also learn how to analyse soccer matches and assess players' physical and psychological fitness and diet.

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    Pass the UEFA A Licence evaluation. The course is held nationally in the UK, and the qualification is respected throughout the soccer world. During the course, you will learn about practical and theoretical developments in modern soccer. You will be required to devise, organise and evaluate coaching sessions in advanced skills, tactics, strategies and systems of play. You must complete a UEFA A preparatory course before commencing the UEFA A licence coaching course. After completing the latter course, you will be a fully qualified UEFA coach.

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    Apply to attend the UEFA pro licence course. The pro licence is mandatory for all coaches in Europe's elite divisions. The course combines coaching skills with non-soccer specific training, including employment law, finance, media, technology, business management and club structure. Once qualified, you are eligible to coach Real Madrid, AC Milan or Manchester United!

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  • Check the FA website regularly to see where and when coaching courses are run.

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