As early as in the 1950s, attempts were made to create an international communicati

on platform for football coaches. Thanks to the initiative of Frenchman Georges Boulogne, and with the support of coaches from Chile, Argentina, and Brazil (most notably Dr. João Havelange who would go on to become the President of FIFA from 1974 until 1998), the International Association of Football Coaches was established in Santiago de Chile in 1962.

Invitation to act of foundation. Photo: AEFCA


An idea becomes reality

By the 1970s, the Association of German Football Coaches (BDFL, Bund Deutscher Fußball-Lehrer) was organising its International Coaches’ Congress (Internationaler Trainer-Kongress, ITK) on a regular basis, a much-appreciated opportunity for coaches from different countries to get together and exchange views. People soon saw the need for an organisation in its own right, so that the UEF was founded in Vienna on 12 January 1980, with representatives from eight nations being the founding members:

Board and Founding Members of the UEF

• Franz Leidl (Austria) President
• Arthur Lenz (Denmark) 1st Vice-President
• Fritz Buchloh (Germany) 2nd Vice-President
• Willy Scholer (Luxembourg) 3rd Vice-President

• Lothar Meurer (Germany) General Secretary (also of the BDFL)

Herbert Widmayer (Germany), Owe Bonnesen (Denmark), Frans de Bruyn (Netherlands), Albert Adams (Luxembourg), Reynir Karlsson (Iceland), Karl Decker (Austria), René Hüssy (Switzerland), and Manuel Alepuz (Spain) were the other Board members.

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For more information on the years bewteen 1980 and 2005, please refer to the anniversary publication “25 Years UEFT” (see above).