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Course details: The UEFA A Diploma

What you need to know about the UEFA A Diploma, UEFA's second-highest coaching qualification.

Dolny Slask head coach Grzegorz Kowalski and his players celebrate with the trophy after the 2019 UEFA Regions' Cup final
Dolny Slask head coach Grzegorz Kowalski and his players celebrate with the trophy after the 2019 UEFA Regions' Cup final SPORTSFILE

This page provides a detailed overview of the UEFA A Diploma, which will give participants a clear understanding of player and team development and coaching at the top amateur level. The course offers insight into technical policy, as well as dealing with external factors affecting a team's performance and being accountable to a club's management.

On the training pitch, coaches learn about designing game-oriented sessions, focusing on opponents, pressure and intensity, preparing detailed match plans and creating a winning team mentality.

UEFA A Diploma requirements

- A valid UEFA B licence
- Completed at least one year’s experience, after graduating with the UEFA B licence, as a coach in 11-a-side football

Course length

The A Licence helps coaches develop a winning team mentality
The A Licence helps coaches develop a winning team mentalityAFP/Getty Images

The UEFA A Diploma requires a total minimum 180 hours of education. A minimum 140 hours will be spent studying guided interactive content, with a minimum 40 hours made up of work experience in a club environment. The course is delivered approximately 50/50 between on- and off-pitch activity. The UEFA A diploma course is spread out as a minimum over six months.

Four pillars of the UEFA A Diploma

The coach

- Working predominantly as the head coach of top amateur teams or in some cases as a member of the coaching staff at the professional level
- Working closely with coaching staff and support staff
- Being involved in developing and applying a club’s technical policy
- Ensuring the right balance between the players’ football, professional and private lives
- Working with players from different cultural backgrounds, of different ages and experience
- Dealing with all other factors affecting the team’s performance: media, parents, players’ agents, fans/supporters, scouts, sports ethics, etc
- Being accountable to the club’s management: president, technical director, club board, etc

The player and team

- Planning, executing and supporting individual player development, including their own objectives, and complying with the club’s technical policy
- Involving the players in the learning process and enabling them to take responsibility for themselves
- Working on the team’s development in cooperation with all support staff, i.e. technical, medical and performance staff
- Managing all aspects of the team’s performance
- Creating a winning mentality and a performance culture in a positive environment

Courses are split 50/50 between on- and off-pitch activity
Courses are split 50/50 between on- and off-pitch activity©Getty Images for UEFA

The training environment

- Preparing and conducting individual and team training sessions at top amateur level
- Working with individual players and the team and understanding how the training session design can affect performance
- Designing the game-oriented training sessions in terms of opponents, pressure and intensity
- Planning, delivering and reviewing training sessions in accordance with the club’s coaching philosophy
- Embracing and adopting an interdisciplinary approach to physical preparation and development, wherever possible in cooperation with other members of the multidisciplinary team, e.g. performance analysts, fitness/sports scientists, medical and other performance staff

The match

- Preparing a team for and coaching them during top amateur level matches
- Using the game to develop each player and the team, but also to create a winning team mentality
- Preparing the match plan in accordance with the club’s playing philosophy, taking the opponent team into account
- Analysing the matches as an evaluation and learning tool for individual players and the team as a whole.

How do I enrol for a UEFA A Diploma?

Contact your national football association for the latest course information, availability and eligibility.

View the full UEFA A Diploma syllabus