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  • All Courses
  • Irish FA Grassroots Introduction to Coaching Award
  • Introduction to Futsal
  • Irish FA National Coaching Certificate (NCC) - Youth
  • Irish FA Futsal National Coaching Certificate
  • Coaching Disabled Footballers Award Level 1
  • Coaching Disabled Footballers Award Level 2
  • UEFA C Diploma
  • UEFA B Diploma
  • UEFA A Diploma
  • UEFA Pro Diploma
  • Safeguarding
  • Irish FA Goalkeeping Diploma

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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Introduction to Futsal

The Irish FA's Introduction to Futsal Course is aimed at volunteers, parents, teachers and aspiring or existing coaches working in the area of Grassroots Football that have a desire and the confidence to start Futsal programmes within their club and community setups.

The course is 3 hours in duration, with both theoretical and practical content, looking at the game of Futsal, giving an oversight of how it is played and the benefits of playing Futsal. Participants who complete the course will be presented with an Irish FA Introduction to Futsal Certificate and resource booklet.

Candidates should bring appropriate clothing and footwear for indoor lectures and indoor practical sessions. Candidates should also bring writing materials.

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Irish FA National Coaching Certificate - Youth

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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Irish FA’s Futsal National Coaching Certificate

The Irish FA's Futsal National Coaching Certificate is an assessed Award and an important step to progressing the game of Futsal in Northern Ireland as it looks to further develop the knowledge of the game among grassroots coaches and teacher.

The curriculum includes: Technical and Tactical Instruction, Conditioning, Set Pieces, Goalkeeping and Laws of the Game. The course is 3 days in duration (21 hours) with both theoretical and practical content.

Participants who complete the course will be presented with an Irish FA Futsal National Coaching Certificate.

Candidates will be assessed during the course on topics included in the curriculum and will also be required to complete online modules as part of the Award. Candidates should bring appropriate clothing and footwear for indoor lectures and indoor practical sessions. Candidates should also bring writing materials.

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Irish FA’s Coaching Disabled Footballers Award Level 1

Course Entrance Requirements:
Candidates must be at least 16 years of age or over.

Course Outline:
This coaching award is attendance based and will consist of theoretical and practical sessions. The award is at an introductory level and is designed to provide coaches with information and practical examples of how best to coach players with disabilities. There is no pre-requisite for this course although it is designed for coaches, teachers and volunteers already working or intending to work with disabled footballers.

Once booked on to the CDFA Level 1 course, you will have the opportunity to complete the online 'Irish FA Safeguarding Young Children in Sport' modules, which are included as part of your course fee.

The disabled groups in focus are learning disability, physical disabilities, visual and hearing impairments. Course content includes safety considerations, communication, session planning, adapting sessions and practical working with players with disability.

Candidates should bring appropriate clothing and footwear for an indoor practical session. Candidates should also bring writing materials.

The course is four hours in duration. Participants receive a certificate and coaching resources on completion.

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Irish FA’s Coaching Disabled Footballers Award Level 2

Course Entrance Requirements:
Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Candidates should have also completed the Irish FA Level 1 Coaching Disabled Footballers Award AND the Irish FA National Coaching Certificate (formerly Level 1) before applying for this course.

Course Outline:
This coaching award is aimed at coaches already working with or intending to work with players with a disability. This course is a mixture of theoretical modules and practical sessions where candidates will gain experience working with players with various disabilities.

The course looks at adapting coaching techniques when working with players with a learning disability, physical disability or sensory impairment. There is also a module on the benefits of fundamental and movement skill training for the various disability groups.

This is a detailed course that also takes into consideration the playing, competitive and representative opportunities for players with various impairments and how rules are adapted for the benefit of the games in each disability group.

The course is fifteen hours in length; however, participants will be required to work for an additional ten hours with disabled players upon completion of the course. A log book of session plans, considerations and evaluation will have to be submitted and assessed before certification. Guidance for completion of this part of the course will be given by course tutors. Participants receive a certificate and coaching resources on completion.

Candidates should bring appropriate clothing and footwear for indoor and outdoor practical sessions. Candidates should also bring writing materials.

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UEFA C Diploma

COURSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

• Successful completion of Irish FA’s National Coaching Certificate or Irish FA Level 1 within the last six years (only applicable if the candidate is from Northern Ireland)

• 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 UEFA B Diploma.

If the candidate fails to meet the required practical standard in the 9v9 assessment, they 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.

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.

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.

Candidates have a maximum of one year to successfully complete all practical work and all coursework from the date they commence the course.

All candidates who successfully complete the Course will receive a C Diploma Award.

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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.

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 UEFA / 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’s 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 that have completed their ‘C’ Diploma through the Irish Football Association

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UEFA A Diploma

UEFA A Diploma (Year 1)

DATE:
Saturday 3 July – Saturday 10 July 2021

VENUE:
Crowne Plaza, Belfast & Queens Sport, Upper Malone

COURSE FEE:
Northern Ireland based coaches
Non-Residential: £1250
Residential: £1880

Non-Northern Ireland based coaches
Non-Residential: £1750
Residential: £2380

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Friday 14 May 2021

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 2021 and Year two will take place one year later in the summer of 2022.
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 5.00pm).
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

The UEFA Pro Licence is the highest professional game coaching course we offer and is designed to develop highly skilled and aspiring leaders, managers and coaches capable of creating sustained success in football.

Building on the technical knowledge you’ve developed on your learning journey; the focus is on developing winning team-leadership and management strategies that will challenge your knowledge and understanding of coaching

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Irish FA Goalkeeping Diploma

Irish FA Goalkeeping Diploma

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Candidates should have previously completed the Irish FA Level 1 or National Coaching Certificate.

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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