How is the UEFA A Licence structured?
Leading on from the UEFA B Licence, you’ll explore the trends in the game, strategies and tactics, systems of play and the England DNA principles.
So, if you’re a coach who wants to develop players that can perform effectively in the 11v11 game, then we encourage you to read on!
Taking place over 12 days within a one-year period, the course is divided into six residential modules held at The FA's national football centre, St. George's Park. The course fee includes:
- Full Board Accommodation
- Assessment and Certification
In the lead up each of the residential modules there will also be an online programme which learners must attend.
Each block lasts for two days with in-situ support from an FA coach developer provided in-between the blocks, whose role it is to support and challenge the thinking and learning you apply within your coaching.
The course will focus on in and out of possession principles related to strategies and tactics, the trends of the game, and specific specific coaching. These content areas are also viewed from a multidisciplinary perspective through the integration of physical, psychological and performance analysis support.
The course will cover:
- Strategies and tactics
- Trends in the game
- Position specific coaching
It will also take into consideration:
- In possession phases
- Out of possession phases
- Transitional phases
- England DNA principles
Full attendance to all in-person and online components of the course is mandatory. Any missed blocks will be required to be attended on another course before you can complete the award. Any accommodation needed when catching up on blocks would be at the learner's expense.
During the course, coaches must be actively coaching a group of players who regularly undertake training and play in organised or competitive fixtures in the 11v11 game with the criteria set above. This is crucial, so you can be assessed on the key elements of the course and be eligible to complete the qualification.
Learners have three years to meet the required standard to complete the qualification from the first block of the course.
By the end of the course, you’ll have built on your understanding of:
- The technical and tactical components of the 11v11 game
- The trends of the game as appropriate to the coach’s context
- Positional requirements within different systems of play
- To develop adaptable expertise in context
- You’ll also have an improved understanding of reflective study and leave a more creative and curious coach
What you'll be able to do on completion of this course
Holding this qualification can lead to roles working within the professional game in senior (21+) or youth development environments.
And, if you have aspirations of coaching senior teams in the top flights and/or at international level, this course puts you in a good position to apply for the UEFA Pro Licence - our highest coaching course and the mandatory qualification for first team managers in the Premier League.