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UEFA and CONMEBOL sign coach education agreements

Operational and technical agreements result from the expanded partnership

agreed between the two football confederations last year.

UEFA and CONMEBOL have signed an Operational Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Coaching Qualifications and Competences and a Technical Agreement for Coach Development.

The operational agreement sets out the minimum requirements and the procedure for the recognition by UEFA of coaching qualifications issued (currently with a focus on Pro licence, A licence, or Goalkeeper A licence) in accordance with the CONMEBOL Coaching Convention and by CONMEBOL of coaching qualifications issued in accordance with the UEFA Coaching Convention.

The technical agreement outlines the principles of cooperation and aims to harmonise many of the criteria for coach education and development. As a result, in addition to agreeing to exchange best practices and regularly inform each other on matters relating to coach education, UEFA and CONMEBOL will standardise minimum key requirements such as admission criteria and the standards, duration and content of all diploma courses delivered under their respective coaching conventions. Exchanges will also be organised between coach educators and coaches, as well as conferences, workshops and webinars.

The agreements come as a result of the expansion of cooperation agreed by UEFA and CONMEBOL last year to collaborate more closely on women’s football, futsal and youth football, the exchange of referees, as well as technical training schemes, and the renewed Memorandum of Understanding.