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PFA TV: Coaching

Leon Mann is in Gloucester to learn how the PFA is helping players prepare for their next role within football through PFA coaching courses.

He chats with PFA coaches Iffy Onuora and Mike Cook as well as current and former professional players participating in the course.

The Coaching Pyramid

Interested in getting your coaching qualifications? Contact the PFA Coaching Department to get started and you'll be put in touch with your nearest regional coach. After a one-to-one chat you'll be placed on a Level 2 regardless of playing experience. For more details visit thepfa.com/coaching.

Level 2: Certificate in Coaching Football

  • Focus on techniques and 4v4 games
  • 8-day course. You have 2 years to complete but it can be achieved in 6 months (by the dynamic!)

The course consists of a combination of practical sessions delivered by PFA coaches, sessions that candidates lead themselves, and classroom-based workshops covering topics like nutrition, sports psychology and communication skills. Candidates will then go away and gain experience coaching, with a minimum of 12 recorded sessions required. Once completed, candidates are given a specific topic to plan and prepare a coaching session on for a final 35-minute practical assessment. Although the coaching is at a basic level, you'll learn vital attributes such as communication, planning and organisation skills.

Level 3: UEFA B Licence

  • Focus on functions, phases of play and 8v8 games
  • 16-day course. You have 2 years to complete but it can be achieved in 12-18 months

A much more sophisticated course where you're working in units with more strategy and tactics involved. Following a 10-day block (organised between seasons), candidates start logging hours and gaining coaching experience before another six-day period, which includes a 45-minute session that develops something quite fundamental into a phase of play or a team-orientated task. You can manage Divisions 1 and 2 with a UEFA B license but most club demand at least a UEFA A qualification.

Level 4: UEFA A Licence

  • Focus on phases of play, 9v9 games and 11v11 match play.
  • 13-day and 9-day residential courses split across a minimum of 2 years.

The A Licence us a big step up. Compromising two residential courses at St George's Park with a minimum of a year in-between, during which candidates are tasked to find a team to work with and start accruing and logging hours in the field. Most players will ask for assistance through the Academy at their own club as it's tailor-made for access to players on a regular basis.

Coaching assistance with funding is available to all members past and present, for more information visit thepfa.com/coaching.