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UEFA A Diploma (Year 1)
COURSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
• Hold a valid UEFA ‘B’ Diploma.

• A minimum of one year should have elapsed between successful completion of the ‘B’ Diploma and enrolment for the ‘A’ Diploma.

• Candidates must currently be working or have evidence of an ‘internship’ at U16’s or above
• Sufficient spoken and writing skills in the official course language (English)

• (Non-European candidates must hold a UEFA ‘B’ Diploma as a minimum requirement for acceptance onto the UEFA ‘A’ Licence.

• Priority is given to coaches that have completed their UEFA B Diploma through the Irish Football Association

COURSE OUTLINE
The UEFA ‘A’ Diploma is an advanced Coaching Award and is divided into two annual parts.
Year one of the Course will be conducted in 2020 and Year two will take place one year later in the summer of 2021.
Year one will include practical and theoretical aspects.
The course is timetabled from 9.30am to 9.00pm each day (except the last day when the course will finish no later than 5pm)
Full attendance at the course is required. Only in exceptional circumstances with candidates be permitted time off the course.
Candidates are also required to submit 36 hours of session plans, theory questions as well as other online coursework tasks from the Irish FA’s online platform

ASSESSMENT
Practical Coaching
During Year 1 of the course, candidates will have the opportunity to take one practical coaching session – which will be a ‘formative’ assessment
Candidates will be formally assessed (summative) during the subsequent months after completion of the Yr1 Residential -
This will consist of two practical coaching assessments, one of which will be an 11v11 session and the other will be an assessment on a ‘Phase of Play’. Candidates must achieve the required standard in both assessments.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to organise the venue and the players for their club assessment – which should be undertaken at their own club)
Candidates are permitted up to a maximum of four assessments within a two-year period from commencement of the course in order to achieve the required standard. Candidates will be charged a reassessment fee if they require a third or fourth assessment.


THEORY
The focus of this course is on preparing players and teams for professional and semi-professional Leagues or top amateur Leagues.
Course content, tasks and assessments are based upon the following competencies:
• Football knowledge
• Management
• Use of technology
• Psychology
• Personal presentation and media skills

Candidates are required to submit answers to a Theory Question Paper as well as submit 36 hours of Coaching Sessions that must be completed at their own club
All tasks are to be completed and submitted via the Irish FA’s Online Education Platform. This platform enables candidates on the Irish FA’s UEFA courses to complete coursework tasks in electronic format, as well as session plans that enable candidates to illustrate their coaching sessions with professional, digital diagrams
Candidates should bring appropriate footwear for indoor lectures and outdoor practical sessions on grass.
Candidates are advised to bring some additional clothing to supplement their Adidas course kit as the weather can be unpredictable.
It is preferable that candidates bring a laptop / MacBook or Tablet


UEFA A Diploma (Year 2)
(This course is reserved for coaches that have attended the UEFA A Diploma Year 1 with the Irish FA)

COURSE OUTLINE

The UEFA ‘A’ Diploma is an advanced coaching Award divided into two annual parts. Year 2 consists of a Residential week that during which there are theoretical and practical sessions.

Topics covered include fitness and conditioning; media; motivation; sport psychology; game analysis and nutrition.

The focus of this course is on preparing players and teams for professional and semi-professional
Leagues or top amateur Leagues.

The course is timetabled from 9.30am to 9.00pm each day (except the last day when the course will finish no later than 5pm)

Full attendance at the course is required. Only in exceptional circumstances with candidates be permitted time off the course.


As for Year 2 of the A Diploma, the course is structured around the following competencies:

• Football knowledge
• Management
• Use of technology
• Psychology
• Personal presentation and media skills


Candidates are required complete Year 2 online modules via the Irish FA’s Online Education Platform. This platform enables candidates on the Irish FA’s UEFA courses to complete coursework tasks in electronic format, as well as session plans that enable candidates to illustrate their coaching sessions with professional, digital diagrams
Candidates should bring appropriate footwear for indoor lectures and outdoor practical sessions on grass.
Candidates are advised to bring some additional clothing to supplement their Adidas course kit as the weather can be unpredictable.
It is preferable that candidates bring a laptop / MacBook or Tablet


The UEFA A Diploma is valid for 3 years, during which period the coach must complete a minimum of 15 hours of Continuous Professional Development in order to re-validate the Licence for a further 3-year period.
However, the above is not required if the coach enrols on the UEFA Pro Diploma within this period






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