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Through innovative partnerships, we are finding ways to develop more players across Europe.

EA Sports and FC Futures

Through our innovative partnership with EA Sports and FC Futures, coaches, teachers, parents and players can access a free online library of coaching practices.

The library offers guidance and tips to help grassroots players improve their fundamental skills of passing, dribbling, 1v1 defending and finishing.

Our own team of grassroots experts have developed the content with the aim of empowering coaches and players, and bridging the gap between virtual and real-world football.

The programme is backed by a number of legendary football figures including: Ian Wright, Emma Hayes, Zinédine Zidane, Laura Georges, Fernando Morientes, Zico, Marta, Gianfranco Zola, Bixente Lizarazu, Patrizia Panico and Simone Laudehr.

EA Sports x UEFA Grassroots

"FC Futures is focused on developing community-level football worldwide. That’s why it's such an honour to have UEFA’s support and backing. We share the belief that integrating real-world football with the digital gaming experience offers the chance to captivate players, old and young, all over the world. The lines between virtual and physical football are blurring; it’s a crucial step to inspiring the next generation of football lovers across the globe."

EA Sports senior director James Salmon

"UEFA is delighted to endorse EA Sports’ innovative venture, seamlessly merging virtual and real-world football experiences. This initiative offers youngsters a multi-dimensional engagement with the sport and provides an inclusive platform for players and coaches of all levels."

UEFA grassroots specialist Ulf-Rauno Marquard

Access the EA SPORTS X UEFA practices

iCoachKids: online learning tool for grassroots coaches

Through our partnership with iCoachKids, a number of e-learning courses have been launched offering a comprehensive online coach education resource.

The three online courses cover:

  • developing effective environments for children in sport
  • child and youth-centred coaching
  • coaching children: planning, doing and reviewing

A UEFA grassroots coach with a young player
A UEFA grassroots coach with a young playerUEAF. via Getty Images

By completing the courses outlined above coaches will learn more about:

  • engaging children
  • creating an effective and positive environment
  • meeting children’s needs
  • delivering developmentally appropriate and progressive sessions

The free courses, which are open to everyone, support the new UEFA C diploma and include a mix of online and practical work where the coach engages in real-life tasks related to the content covered in the courses.

The new UEFA C Diploma for grassroots coaches

iCoachKids platform