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  • All Courses
  • Irish FA National Coaching Certificate (NCC)
  • UEFA B Diploma
  • UEFA A Diploma
  • UEFA Pro Diploma
  • Irish FA Goalkeeping Diploma
  • Safeguarding
  • Irish FA Grassroots Introduction to Coaching Award
  • UEFA C Diploma

Irish FA National Coaching Certificate

Coaches who do NOT reside in Northern Ireland are NOT eligible for this course.

Course Entrance Requirements

Anyone over 16 years of age may apply.

The Irish FA National Coaching Certificate prepares you to facilitate and organise coaching sessions within the grassroots game.

The coaching award has been split into two aspects:

A) Coaching children and young people (5 - 12) under the supervision of a more qualified coach in the grassroots game in Northern Ireland.
B) Facilitating coaching sessions and supporting a more qualified coach within the coaching of adults in the grassroots game in Northern Ireland.

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UEFA B Diploma

The focus of this course is on preparing players and teams for youth, amateur and adult league teams below senior level.

COURSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

•Hold a valid Irish FA C Diploma.

•A minimum of 6 months should have elapsed between successful completion of the C Diploma and enrolment for the B Diploma.

•Candidates must currently be working or have evidence of an ‘internship’ at U12 level or above

•Sufficient spoken and writing skills in the official course language (English).

•Non-European candidates must hold an Irish FA C Diploma as a minimum requirement for acceptance onto the UEFA B Diploma.

•Priority is given to coaches who have completed their C Diploma through the Irish Football Association.

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UEFA A Diploma

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

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UEFA Pro Diploma

Applications are now being sought for the upcoming Irish FA UEFA Pro Diploma Course due to commence in May 2021

The highest coaching qualification in Europe, the UEFA Pro Licence is now a mandatory requirement to manage in the Northern Ireland League, other European leagues and UEFA Club and International competitions

The UEFA Pro Licence is an elite coaching qualification intended, by UEFA, only for those coaches who are currently, or who have the potential to be, working at the top professional leagues, clubs or at International level. It is not intended to be sought by coaches as an extra qualification to add to their CV if they have not the intention to work at elite competitions level. If it is not your intention, or if it’s unlikely you will have the opportunity, to work at elite professional level, we would encourage you to find alternative courses and learning opportunities to extend your CV and improve your football knowledge without necessarily pursuing the UEFA Pro Licence.

*Candidates must hold a valid UEFA ‘A’ Licence to be eligible to apply

Applicants must email Lorna Stewart: lorna.stewart@irishfa.com for an application form.

You must also submit the following:

A short CV (no longer than 2 x A4 pages) to include:
Coaching experience
Playing experience
Why it is important to your career to be accepted onto the upcoming Pro Licence with the Irish FA

For those coaches who have not obtained their UEFA A Licence through the Irish FA, you must provide evidence that you have a valid UEFA A Licence

You must also possess sufficient spoken and written skills in the official course language, which is English

Please send all relevant documents and application form to Lorna Stewart: lorna.stewart@irishfa.com no later than 5.00pm on Fri 30 October 2020

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Irish FA Goalkeepers Diploma

Irish FA Goalkeeping Diploma
COURSE OUTLINE
The course will focus on:
• Coaching individual techniques and understanding the role of the goalkeeper within the team.
• Planning and preparing coaching sessions considering the goalkeeper’s specific needs.

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Irish FA Grassroots Introduction to Coaching Award

Course Entrance Requirements

Anyone over 14 years of age may apply.


Course Outline

The Irish FA’s Grassroots Introduction to Coaching Award is designed to provide an overview of the football context in Northern Ireland. Additionally, it prepares candidates who are coaching within grassroots football on the skills required as a grassroots coach, offering strategies and education on coaching development. It is an e-learning (online only) module and offers a support network to start candidates on their coaching journey.

It is specifically designed for aspiring coaches, volunteers, grassroots leaders, schools, parents and guardians working in the area of Grassroots Football with children between the ages of 5 and 12.

Participants who complete the course will be awarded a certificate which will be available to download from the platform.

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Irish FA C Diploma (International)

COURSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS – for applicants based outside Northern Ireland

•Sufficient spoken and writing skills in the official course language (English).

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

• The Irish FA reserves the right to select candidates based on current and previous coaching positions / roles held at clubs.

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UEFA C Diploma

COURSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

• 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.


COURSE OUTLINE

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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