What you need to know about the UEFA Goalkeeper B Diploma, which introduces participants to specialised development coaching for goalkeepers.
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Goalkeeper coaching is a fundamental element of the game, ensuring this specialised position is well catered for with dedicated sessions and practices designed to enhance the quality of the individual.
The UEFA Goalkeeper B diploma offers course participants a clear understanding of how to develop young goalkeepers and coach adult goalkeepers in either the amateur or elite game.
UEFA Goalkeeper B Diploma requirements
- A valid UEFA C licence OR a national goalkeeper certificate and to have completed relevant modules of the C diploma course as per the course syllabus.
The UEFA Goalkeeper B Diploma requires a total minimum 60 hours of education. A minimum 40 hours will be spent studying guided interactive content, with a minimum 20 hours made up of work experience in a club environment. At least 40 hours of the minimum 60 hours will be spent on the pitch.
Study visits in a club football environment can be included as a top-up to the learning to enhance the participants’ competence. The number of study visit hours are in addition to the minimum 60 hours of education.
Four pillars of the UEFA Goalkeeper B Diploma
The specialised goalkeeper coach
- Developing a holistic understanding of the game and how it affects the actions and role of the goalkeeper
- Working with and understanding goalkeepers of various cultural backgrounds, ages, genders and levels of ability
- Working with goalkeepers in the period of maturation, especially during peak height velocity (major growth spurt), when training programmes often need to be adjusted to reduce the likelihood of growth-related issues
- Working closely with other support staff to develop the goalkeeper’s individual performance and their role as part of the team
- Understanding periodisation and knowing how to plan for the correct development of goalkeepers in the medium and short term
- Knowing how to devise development plans for individual goalkeepers to achieve personal goals in the technical, tactical, physical and psychological/social sectors
- Providing effective opportunities for the goalkeepers to gain sufficient playing opportunities during matches
- Dealing with each goalkeeper’s support networks
The training environment
- Ability to apply plans to a positive practical training environment based on the reality of the game (reality-based learning)
- Conducting training sessions appropriate to the goalkeepers’ needs
- Understanding and managing goalkeepers through their individual physical and psychological development
- Analysing the goalkeeper’s individual actions to gain a clear understanding of training session design and how it meets the needs of both the individual goalkeeper’s and the team’s performances
- Reviewing the training sessions to make positive adaptations
- Supporting the transition from training to matches in a constructive, positive way
- Focusing on the development of the goalkeeper during matches
- Ensuring sufficient playing time for all goalkeepers
- Considering the match as an evaluation and learning tool
How do I enrol for a UEFA Goalkeeper B Diploma?
Contact your national football association for the latest course information, availability and eligibility.