Football coaches undertake courses to improve themselves and take their careers to the next level. Most of these courses are paid and form part of the requirements for starting a career as a Football Coach. For instance, aspiring coaches who wish to fulfil their dream in Europe are expected to undertake UEFA coaching courses.
Some of the courses taken by aspiring football coaches are highlighted below.
UEFA Coaching Courses
To become a professional football coach in Europe, you are expected to undertake the UEFA coaching courses. These courses are at different levels. These are: Level 1, Level 2, UEFA B License, A License, and Pro License. Each is a prerequisite to the next one.
For instance, if a coach from England wishes to have the UEFA Pro License, the most fundamental requirements are:
- Enrolees must have concluded his UEFA A coaching course
- Enrolees must have at least 5 years of experience in a full-time position as a coach, assistant manager, manager, head of coaching, academy manager, head of recruitment, technical director, or player.
Additionally, The FA stipulates that applicants with the English FA Award are prioritized over others. Also, those with the FA Advanced Youth Award are desired.
The level 1 and 2 are majorly for people looking to take up a coaching role in their local communities. As a prerequisite, anyone who wishes to undertake the Level 3 or UEFA B License is to take the Level 2 course. The Level B license is also a prerequisite to taking the A course and so on.
At the completion of the A course coaches take up roles in academies. The highest of all, the Pro License gives individuals the right to manage in any football league across Europe and in UEFA cup competitions.
How to Enroll
The UEFA Coaching Courses are offered by most of the 54 member nations of the association. Each of these member nations set additional requirements to enroll for a course but some are fundamental.
To register, login here with your FAN (FA Number) and password and complete the registration form. If you do not have a FAN, you can get one by creating an account with the FA via the same link.
Alternatively, an FA Number is issued to those who complete an FA course or purchase England tickets.
The UEFA Pro license course costs £9,890.
FA Level 1 Coaching Course
The FA Level 1 Coaching Course is offered by the local FA. It is the first of five levels of courses offered by the English FA. The FA Level 1 course helps aspiring coaches in England to learn about the ‘England DNA’. That is, how they coach, play, and support including the future of players.
Since this course is majorly for the grass root coaches, it helps to gain a better understanding of the long-term development of players in England.
How to Enroll
First, to participate in the FA Level 1 Coaching Course, the following are required:
- The individual must be at least 16 years
- Hold at least a current FA Emergency Aid Certificate
- Hold a current completion certificate for The FA Workshop Safeguarding Children in Football.
- Have completed The FA Playmaker Course.
To enroll in this course, follow the procedure in number 1 above.
Please Note: The FA Level 1 Coaching Course will be replaced with The Introduction to Coaching Football from 14 June 2021. You can get more details from the FA website.
The course costs £150.
FCAAN Coaching Diploma Courses
The Football Coaches Association of African Nations offers up to seven levels of diploma courses for coaches. The Level 1 (F Diploma), Level II (E Diploma), Level III (D Diploma), Level IV (C Diploma), Level V (B Diploma), Level VI (A Diploma), and Level VII (Pro Diploma).
Each of these courses has specific areas of coachability it seeks to improve. For Instance, the Level I course is aimed at coaches of players between 9-11 years old.
As aspiring coaches who may need to start from the grass root, the Level I and II courses are highly recommended. Specifically, the Level II course is for grassroots and academy coaches.
How to Enroll
To enroll for any of the seven levels, aspiring coaches are expected to register through the FCAAN website and proceed to the course payment platform.
Each of the courses has different costs. For example, the E Diploma costs about $70 while the D Diploma costs about $100.
Importantly, coaches are expected to register as a member of the FCAAN by creating a profile via its website.
Recommended Online Courses For Coaches
Apart from the courses highlighted above, there are Online courses that an aspiring coach can enroll.
Please consider some of these courses below:
- Safeguarding Children Course – £30
- All Available UEFA Courses Online
- Introduction To Coaching Football: This is an alternative to the FA Level 1 Coaching Course (Albeit online).
- Other Recommended Online Football Coaching Courses.
Recommended Courses for Aspiring Coaches in The United States
As mentioned before above, the UEFA coaching Licenses can only be used if you live in Europe.
But if you are living in the United States and you’d love to fulfil your coaching aspirations in the country, this section is for you.
First, you must know that the regulating body for Soccer in the United States is US Soccer. Only this body can grant a coaching license in the United States.
Please find below the US Soccer coaching license pathway.
Final Thought on The Best Courses For Football Coaches
Courses for football coaches are designed to help them understand how to organize and conduct training, spot talents, develop techniques and tactics. Also, courses help coaches gain insight into modern practices and enhance their leadership qualities.
Besides these gains, some of the courses are mandatory to start your football career as a football coach. Hence, this makes courses for coaches very important.
Unfortunately, today, most coaches are underappreciated and fired prematurely. But there are more than enough reasons to stop firing coaches unjustly.
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Anyways, just stay focused and take the big step – enroll for any of the courses highlighted here. It is worth every penny and effort if you really want to take your coaching career to the next level.
I wish you the very best in your coaching career.
Author Name: Stephen Oyelabi
Stephen has been a Football fan all his life and he can miss his dinner for Football. He is the founder of Soofootball.com