Austrian FA teaches old coaches new tricks

13 February 2013  –  Traditionally held in January at Maria Enzersdorf near Vienna, the Austrian FA (ÖFB) coaches’ seminar offered participants an attractive programme organized and hosted by ÖFB Sporting Director Willi Ruttensteiner and the association’s Head of Coach Education, Thomas Janeschitz.

The list of prominent presenters at the 18-20 January event included ÖFB head coach Marcel Koller, world referee Pierluigi Collina (who provided ample photographic proof of the benefits derived from using the newly-introduced goal judges), FK Austria Wien coach Peter Stöger, as well as former Belarus head coach Bernd Stange who were all happy to share some of the experience they have gained over many years. Attendees also keenly listened to Martin Scherb, chief coach at current Austrian league runners-up SKN St. Pölten, who used the event to introduce his club’s mid-to long-term strategy.

Undeterred by weather conditions (snow covered the artificial turf of Austria Wien’s Generali Arena stadium), Scherb gave a convincing outdoor demonstration (“transition from defensive to offensive play”), followed by new UEFA Pro Licence holder Michael Zisser (“orientation and anticipation as keys to decision-making in football”) and Bernd Stange (“modern attacking play”). In addition to Zisser, and to great applause from all present, former Austria internationals Toni Polster and Franz Wohlfahrt also received their elite coaching certificates.

To view or download five of the presentations delivered, just click on

ÖFB coach education reformed

Coach education at the ÖFB has undergone a comprehensive reform. As part of the recently completed re-structuring effort, the UEFA Pro License course has been extended from previously 250 to 400 teaching units. Also, what used to be an annual course will now only be held every two years, with the number of participants restricted to a maximum of 14 candidates.

More details about how the ÖFB goes about its coach education are there to be explored on where users will find, amongst other information, an excellent chart entitled “Your Way to the UEFA Pro License” visualising the route from coaching junior teams, to the B and A license and, finally, European football’s elite coaching certificate. To view the full (14 pages) ÖFB Coaches’ Regulations, visit

N.B.: Regrettably, all of the documents referred to above are available in the German language only.




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