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• Successful completion of Irish FA’s National Coaching Certificate

• The Irish FA advise candidates to be proactively coaching at a football club, as the focus is based around player development.

• The course will be delivered in English, and candidates are required to have a good command of spoken and written English.


Practical Assessment:

Two assessments will be carried out during the residential block within a 5v5 and 7v7 small sided game. There will be a minimum of 2 club-based assessments as part of a “Community of Practice”. Candidates must pass at least 2 of the 3 summative assessments; one of which must be the club-based 9v9 assessment, in order to progress to the Irish FA/UEFA ‘B’ Diploma.

If the candidate fails to meet the required practical standard in the 9v9 assessment, he/she will be permitted to have a maximum of two further assessments on the 9v9.

THE FOCUS OF THIS COURSE IS PREPARING PLAYERS AND TEAMS UP TO U16 LEVEL (with a specific focus on player development.)

All candidates who successfully complete the Course will receive an Irish FA ‘C’ Diploma Award.
Candidates have a maximum of one year to successfully complete all practical work and a maximum of one year to complete all coursework from the date they commence the course.

Candidates are also required to submit 10 hours of session plans along with online coursework tasks such as child welfare, Psychology, Fitness + Conditioning, Nutrition for sport and player learning styles.

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 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

Total Number of education hours 90
Hours of theory and practical tasks off the pitch 20
Hours of practical pitch work including work experience 70

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