FIFA course to assist development of women’s football

FIFA will host a five day Advanced Coach Education Course in Dublin this weekend as part of the FAI’s continuing efforts to develop women’s football in Ireland.


The course is specifically aimed at the coaches currently working with elite female players in areas such as the Bus Éireann Women’s National League, the FAI’s Emerging Talent Programme and the FAI’s International Squads.

The head tutor will be Vera Pauw, former manager of the Holland, Scotland and Russia national women’s teams.  The 50-year-old former international defender won 89 caps for Holland and became the first female Dutch professional player when she signed for Italian side Modena in 1988.

In 1998 Pauw was appointed coach and technical director of the Scotland women's national football team and in October 2004 she took up a similar role with the Netherlands, leading her home country to the semi–final of the UEFA Women's European Championships in 2009. She was appointed Head Coach of the Russia women's national football team in April 2011 and in September 2011 became Technical Director. She holds a UEFA pro-licence and headed up the FIFA Technical Study Group at last year’s FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup in Japan.

The five day course will include classroom and pitch sessions as well as match analysis, with the participants due to attend the Bus Éireann Women’s National League game between Raheny United and Castlebar Celtic on Saturday, the Airtricity League Premier Division game between Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk on Monday and the U16 Women’s International between Republic of Ireland and Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Republic of Ireland Senior Women’s Team manager Sue Ronan, who is also head of the FAI’s Women’s Unit, said the FIFA course would be a major boost to the development of women’s football in Ireland.  

“We are delighted that FIFA have sent us one of the world’s top coaches in Vera Pauw as Head Tutor and I think all the coaches taking part will benefit greatly from the opportunity to further their coaching education. This in turn will assist in improving the quality of player in both the Emerging Talent Programme and the Women’s National League and that will ultimately benefit our women’s international squads,” said Ms Ronan.   

The Director of the Bus Éireann Women’s National League, Fran Gavin, also believes the FIFA course is another positive step in the development of the League.

“The Bus Eireann Women’s National League continues to go from strength to strength but we are continually looking to increase standards in every aspect of the League. This FIFA course will be of enormous benefit to the coaches working with our players and teams and that can only lead to improvement in quality,” said Mr Gavin.

The course, which will be based in Dublin, starts on Friday, May 3 and runs until Tuesday, May 7.

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