May 4 – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) completed its fourth Coach Education Conference on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with more than 100 coach tutors and technical directors from across the region at the three-day event.
The conference aims to showcase discuss the latest developments and best practices in coach education, and was themed ‘Educating Tomorrow’s Coaches’, and comprised lectures, workshops, discussion sessions.
Underpinning the conference is an AFC-wide desire to improve the quality of coaching throughout national associations which will ultimately filter through to higher quality national teams who can make an impact not just on the regional stage but also in FIFA competition.
“In order to achieve a sustained positive impact on Asian clubs and national teams and to produce quality players, we need quality coaches, and we are grateful to the AFC’s Technical staff for providing its MAs with the required support that helps us work towards our goal of reaching the benchmark level under the Convention,” said Takeshi Ono of the Japan FA.
Conference topics included the welfare of the future generations of footballers and the need to focus on the leadership role of the coach as well as the developmental implications of the recently concluded FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
A core theme of the conference was a briefing an emphasis on the AFC’s Coach Education Guidelines as well as the latest requirements of the AFC Coaching Convention – which aims to improve the level of coaches and instructors in a standardised manner across Asia.
FIFA’s Head of Coaching and Player Development Branco Ujevic gave a presentation on the world governing body’s Coach Educators’ Programme.
A focus for the AFC has been to communicate the structures and pathways in place to produce more Pro-Licensed qualified coaches throughout its member associations.
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