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Coaches and training coaches – on and off the field ©UEFA

UEFA believes that coaches and coach educators have a vital role in the development of players and the game. The UEFA Coaching Convention sets out the legal framework, and the UEFA coaching programme aims to develop coaching and coach education through a variety of projects and events.

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, improve coaching standards and prepare the way for the free movement of qualified coaches within Europe in accordance with European law. The first six associations received UEFA's endorsement in 1998.

The convention guarantees a unified and minimum level of education, and UEFA endorses licences at Pro, A, B, Elite Youth A, Goalkeeping A and Futsal B levels. These licences are issued by member associations whose courses meet the minimum criteria and standards set out by UEFA. The document was revised in 2008, and again in 2015 and 2020, and currently more than 200,000 coaches possess UEFA-endorsed football coaching licences.

View the 2020 edition of the UEFA Coaching Convention

EURO-winning coach Fernando Santos at the national team coaches conferences in Paris in September 2016
EURO-winning coach Fernando Santos at the national team coaches conferences in Paris in September 2016©UEFA

UEFA coaching licences

You can see an overview of all UEFA coaching licences here, or below, full details on each of the courses available.

The UEFA Pro Licence
The UEFA A Licence
The UEFA B Licence
The UEFA C Licence
The UEFA Elite Youth A Licence
The UEFA Youth B Licence
The UEFA Goalkeeping A Licence
The UEFA Goalkeeping B Licence
The UEFA Futsal B Licence

The UEFA coaching programme

The UEFA coaching programme offers each UEFA member association continuous and bespoke support, designed to meet their specific needs. In addition to this tailor-made assistance, UEFA encourages the exchange of ideas and knowledge, and organises regular conferences, workshops and programmes for various target groups with the overall aim of improving European coaching.

Clubs: The continent's leading club coaches gather at the UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum held at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon at the start of each season, and discuss technical issues and the development of European club football.

National teams: A conference for national team coaches is held after each UEFA European Championship (EURO), where the competition is reviewed from a technical perspective. The last such meeting took place in Paris in September 2016, with the focus on UEFA EURO 2016.

Women's football: A similar conference for women’s national team coaches takes place after each UEFA Women’s EURO. The third edition was held in Amsterdam in November 2017.

Coach education

UEFA runs a regular workshop for national association coach educators. The latest was held in Cyprus in December 2019.

Pro licence students

An exchange programme for national associations’ UEFA Pro Licence students gives participants direct access to UEFA content and tutors during four-day seminars at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon.

Specialist educators

UEFA caters for the needs of specialist coaching areas with specific courses for goalkeeping coaches, fitness coaches and futsal coaches.

UEFA paid tribute to Howard Wilkinson at the coach education workshop in Bratislava in September 2015
UEFA paid tribute to Howard Wilkinson at the coach education workshop in Bratislava in September 2015©UEFA

UEFA Share

The project, launched in 2008, allows national associations the choice of a wide menu of topics and sub-topics, and the opportunity to attend UEFA-funded events which allow national associations to share knowledge, experience and best practice.

Technical reports

A team of technical observers follows every UEFA competition. They produce reports which identify key success factors, technical trends and tactical innovations on show. These reports are then distributed throughout Europe, and feed into national association’s coach education programmes.

The Technician

The Technician is UEFA Direct’s coaching supplement and features interviews with high-profile coaches, as well as technical articles on a variety of topics.


All UEFA techincal reports
Colour Blindness in Football - a coaches guide
The Technician 2018/19
The Technician 2017/18
The Technician 2016/17 UEFA Fitness Competence Framework - core diplomas
UEFA Fitness Competence Framework - specialist diplomas