UEFA lends its support to the European game's coaching community, encouraging the sharing of knowledge between coaches across the continent and helping those responsible for educating the next generation of coaches.
UEFA encourages a Europe-wide exchange of ideas and knowledge and this is why coaches and technicians meet with UEFA at regular intervals.
Clubs: The continent's leading club coaches gather at the UEFA Elite Club Coaches' Forum at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon at the start of each season, discussing technical issues on the European club football agenda.
National teams: A conference is held with national coaches after each final round of a FIFA World Cup or UEFA European Championship (EURO). The last such meeting took place in Paris in September 2016, with the focus on UEFA EURO 2016.
Women's football: The first conference for women's national team coaches was held in December 2009 and the second edition was held in Nyon in December 2013.
Every second year, UEFA runs a specific and practical course for coach educators and a UEFA workshop for coach education is held every two years. The latest was in Bratislava in October 2015.
An innovative student exchange programme for coach education has been running since 2011, and gives UEFA Pro licence students opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience, while enjoying direct access to UEFA content and tutors during four-day events held at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon.
UEFA also caters for the needs of specialist coaching areas with new courses for goalkeeping coaches, fitness coaches and futsal coaches. These dedicated courses compliment UEFA's other activities, such as the UEFA Study Group Scheme, a Europe-wide exchange of best practices in the areas of coach education, women's football and grassroots football. Approximately 1,700 technicians benefit from this scheme every year.
The UEFA Coaching Convention
In 1997, European football's governing body established the UEFA Convention on the Mutual Recognition of Coaching Qualifications. Its objective was to protect the coaching profession and prepare the way for the free movement of qualified coaches within Europe in accordance with European law, while improving coaching standards at all levels.
By December 2008, all of UEFA's member associations had signed up to the convention, and all are now members at various levels. In 2015, an updated convention – thanks to which some 200,000 coaches across Europe have a UEFA-endorsed coaching qualification – has been issued to meet current requirements and reflect developments within coaching and coach education at UEFA and across Europe.
This official UEFA publication features the thoughts of leading coaches, as well as reflections on coaching trends across Europe.
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