Korea FA introduces Pro Diploma Coaching Course

The Korean Football Association has become the first FA in Asia to introduce the AFC Professional Football Diploma Coaching Course, the most advanced coaching course in Asia. Twenty-four professional team coaches, both active and former, are currently enrolled for the course which is being held at the Paju National Football Centre. The coaching licence course is conducted exclusively by the AFC once every two years for coaches who have an AFC ‘A’ licence. But the KFA has been allowed to organise the course to provide more opportunities to professional team coaches for keeping themselves abreast of the latest in coaching techniques. The course comprises three sessions in a year, including programmes like fitness conditioning, game and strategy analysis, professional club management, sport medicine, sport psychology, communication and club visits.

“Introduction of the ‘P course’ is a worldwide trend in football coaching. The KFA got approval from FIFA and AFC to conduct the course,” Cho Young-jung, executive director of the National Football Center, told AFCMedia. “Without the P license, it would be difficult to take a head coach’s position in professional football. The program targets coaches in professional leagues and it could help quality improvement of coaches not only in coaching and player management but technical skills as a manager and coordinator in a team,” he added.