News at a glance (5)

21 February 2011 – Whether you’re interested in learning more about coaching and all related issues or whether you’d just like to check out what’s going to happen in the profession, where, and when, look no further than the DATES & EVENTS section.

It features events scheduled to be organized in 2011 and including, for example, five member associations’ annual coaching congresses. Click on the link to the respective association’s web-site for further details. Likewise, search under “UEFA” and “FIFA” for a host of interesting events stretching ahead as far as 2012 (UEFA).

The PARTNERS section offers the latest news and information from the AEFCA’s partner organisations and corporations, e.g. the recent extension of the sponsorship agreement between adidas and the Spanish FA or RFEF as it is known in Spain (see photo).

The COACHING / TRAINING AIDS section has been updated to incorporate four of the presentations delivered in Warsaw at the XXXI AEFCA Symposium (downloadable in pdf format) by Slovak national head coach Vladimir Weiss and NSCAA director Jeff Tipping on US soccer.

Also included are the FIFA World Cup analysis prepared by 1998 world champion Christian Karembeu (picture) and, last but definitely not least, the German FA’s successful talent promotion programme presented by Jörg Daniel.

Previously holding “only” UEFA B and A level status, the Cyprus FA has now joined the ranks of UEFA member associations that have attained Pro Licence standing.

From a total of 53 UEFA members, the CFA is now the 43rd to have signed up to the UEFA Coach Convention aimed at guaranteeing standards in coaching, enhancing and safeguarding the coaching profession, and enabling coaches to find employment in all of Europe, in accordance with the EU regulationsUEFA on the freedom of labour.

UEFA actively supports exchange and transfer of information in coach education, encouraging its members to share know-how for the good of European football. The Convention defines the minimum criteria to be met for candidates to obtain the B, A, or Pro Licence, as the case may be. Any member association meeting these requirements is invited to accede to the convention. Across the European continent, an impressive 160,000 coaches are now holders of a UEFA-approved coaching badge.

It goes without saying that the AEFCA actively encourages close co-operation between member associations, so it was reassuring to see the Croatian and Turkish coaches’ bodies putting this principle into practise by meeting in Antalya in early February 2011.

Following an initiative by the respective Presidents (Fredi Fiorentini of Croatia and Ismail Dilber of Turkey are both on the AEFCA Executive Committee), the winter training camps held there by Croatian top teams HNK Hajduk Split and NK Dinamo Zagreb served as the occasion to convene a high-calibre get-together. Technicians from both countries, including both clubs’ head coaches, key coaching staff representatives, as well as sports directors enjoyed this exchange of views and ideas.

And if you didn’t already know – Hajduk are going to celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.

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