Malta Football Association
Coach Education:
Football Coaching Courses and Qualifications
May 22, 2017
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Coach Education

Coaching at any level is a highly self-fulfilling career which requires professional qualifications.  In Malta, these qualifications are issued exclusively by the MFA Technical Centre. For this purpose the centre organises a number of coaching courses annually.  With the UEFA convention on coaching qualifications, the MFA upgraded its qualifications to UEFA standards in each of the ‘C’, ‘B’ and ‘A’ licences. 


 

Coaching Young Footballers (CYF) is the first course that allows the interested candidate to get initiated into the realms of coaching. During this course participants are introduced to the basic principles of football coaching and to an understanding of the responsibility of the coach towards the different stakeholders. The candidate can aspire to coach young footballers up to age 8 after completion of the course. This course has a duration of 20 hours.


UEFA C delves more in depth in youth coaching considering important elements such as football philosophy, coaching methodology, basic psychology and planning. This is a very delicate period in the development of the football player and the coach needs to prepare the player through and in the game while considering the four corners of development thoroughly. The course is assessed through modular work, two practical sessions and a formative task. Successful candidates need to coach for a minimum of one year before they sit for the UEFA B. This course has a duration of 84 hours and is held over four modules. Assessment is held on a separate module. Each module has a duration of 21 hours and is held over 2 full days and one half day per module.


UEFA B exposes the candidates to the characteristics of the modern game as it considers the 11-a-side game at both youth and senior amateur level (13+). It considers each of match analysis, physical training and preparation, coaching methodology, psychology and the functions of the game in the separate modules. Candidates are required to build a professional portfolio during the course to supplement the learning that happens during the course. The course is assessed through modular work, two practical sessions and a formative task. Successful candidates need to coach for a minimum of one year before they can sit for the UEFA A. This course has a duration of 126 hours and is held over six modules. Assessment is held on a separate module. Each module has a duration of 21 hours and is held over 2 full days and one half day per module.


UEFA A scaffolds on previous courses and prepares the candidate to coach top amateur and semi-professional football teams. It considers all the four components of the game in great detail. Candidates are required to build a professional portfolio during the course to supplement the learning that happens during the course. The course is assessed through modular work, two practical sessions and a formative task. Successful candidates need to coach for a minimum of one year before they can sit for the UEFA PRO. This course has a duration of 168 hours and is held over eight modules which is further supplemented by a 30 hour work experience. Assessment is held on a separate module. Each module has a duration of 21 hours and is held over 2 full days and one half day per module.

UEFA A ELITE is the highest qualification that can be obtained to coach elite youths. Candidates need to be in possession of the UEFA A and have coached for at least one year before being accepted for the UEFA A ELITE. This course enables the coach to optimise coaching and to help the elite youth footballer to reach his potential. Candidates are required to build a professional portfolio during the course to supplement the learning that happens during the course. The course is assessed through modular work, two practical sessions, a formative task and a long essay. This course has a duration of 84 contact hours. In addition the course includes also a study visit to a foreign academy whereby their philosophy and their eventual practices are studied and work experience in the club. Assessment is held on a separate module. Each module has a duration of 21 hours and is held over 2 full days and one half day per module.

 

UEFA PRO is the highest diploma that is currently offered by UEFA and prepares the coach to coach top professionals in any professional club or national team. The course includes study visits abroad, work experience and another nine modules. Each module might have a different duration depending on the purpose of the module. Candidates are required to build a professional portfolio during the course to supplement the learning that happens during the course. The course is assessed through one practical session, a log book, a thesis, and a practical application of the thesis. In addition the candidate is expected to sit for a viva for both his thesis and his log book. This course has a duration of 440 contact hours. Assessment is held on a separate module.

 

Other courses


Fitness Trainer Level 1 can be accessed through different pathways – football and / or academic. Candidates in possession of a UEFA B can apply for the course, while those who are in possession of a sports related degree need to be in possession of a valid CYF to be eligible. The course deals with the development of the physical component, mainly coordination and speed within young players (up to the age of 15). This 20 hour course is assessed by a practical session on any of the topics assigned to them.

 

Fitness Trainer Level 2 can also be accessed through different pathways – football and / or academic. Candidates in possession of a UEFA A can apply for the course, while those who are in possession of a sports related degree need to be in possession of a UEFA C to be eligible. The course deals with the development of the physical component, within an integrated approach at the highest level. The coach has a minimum duration of 60 hours and the candidate needs to be in possession of the FT level 1 in order to be able to sit for the level 2.

 

Goalkeepers Coach Level 1 is intended to prepare the candidates to be able to coach this delicate role in football. The candidate wishing to attend this course needs to be in possession of a UEFA C. This course has a duration of 22 hours and is held over 2 modules. This course helps to develop basic technique in young goalkeepers (ages 10-13). There is no formal assessment at the end of the course but candidates are expected to participate actively during the course.

 

Goalkeepers Coach Level 2 prepares coaches to deal with goalkeepers from the ages of 14+ to a senior amateur goalkeeper. It considers how the goalkeeper coach works within a more integrated approach while considering the four components of the game in the development of the goalkeeper. The course will have a duration of 44 hours spread over four modules of 11 hours each. The assessment consists of a log book, which includes a periodisation plan and a scouting report. They will be assessed also through a practical session. The candidate needs to be in possession of a UEFA C and GK level 1.

 

IT in Football helps the coach to be more digital literate so that he can use this tool to supplement his coaching. The course has a duration of 20 hours in one module and it is a hands on course which requires the candidate to work with his own computer being either Mac or Windows.

 

Football Parent is a course which enables parents to support their children in the game of football. The course has a duration of 20 hours and deals with nutrition, psychology and philosophy of


CPD’s while the successful coach in any of the courses is awarded a certificate which is for life, each coach needs to attend continuous professional development (CPD) to entitle him to be able to renew the licence. The license on the other hand is valid for a stipulated period as explicitly specified on the license and is renewable only through the attendance of specific CPD’s held by accredited MFA tutors. In special occasions, the MFA Technical Centre may give permission to other persons to hold CPD’s upon valuing the outcomes, content and profile of the animator.  

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