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From the ba­sics to be­com­ing the next Guardi­ola, It’s Just Foot­ball will help guide you­sjust­foot­

If you want to take your first steps into coach­ing or just want to en­hance your knowl­edge, then there’s ev­ery rea­son to at­tend It’s Just Foot­ball’s (IJF) FA In­ter­na­tional Coach­ing cour­ses in Dubai.

Giv­ing you the chance to earn your qual­i­fi­ca­tions from the English foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body un­der a qual­i­fied tu­tor, the Foun­da­tion course runs from Septem­ber 28 to Oc­to­ber 6, while the In­ter­me­di­ate level is from Novem­ber 16-24 at Jebel Ali Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence.

For be­gin­ners, the Foun­da­tion course is a per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to coach­ing qual­i­ties and player com­pe­ten­cies. They will learn about the im­por­tance of ses­sion plan­ning and eval­u­a­tion, while also gain­ing an in­sight into run­ning and or­gan­is­ing tour­na­ments.

At the end of that, can­di­dates will have an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance their knowl­edge in Novem­ber’s In­ter­me­di­ate course. Fo­cus­ing on the ad­vanced as­pects of foot­ball coach­ing, top­ics will in­clude at­tack­ing and de­fend­ing prin­ci­ples of play and the de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

IJF are no strangers to host­ing the cour­ses with pre­vi­ous edi­tions a huge suc­cess, and Chris Brown, global di­rec­tor of foot­ball, is con­fi­dent this year’s will be no dif­fer­ent.

“We’ve been in as­so­ci­a­tion with the cour­ses since 2013 al­though it has been run­ning in Dubai since 2006,” he said.

“Ev­ery time we have held the cour­ses, they have been well re­ceived by ev­ery­one who at­tends.

“It is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for as­pir­ing coaches to gain coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions from one of the most revered coach ed­u­ca­tion bod­ies in the world.

“The top class fa­cil­i­ties at Jebel Ali Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence al­low for both the prac­ti­cal and the­ory as­pects of the course and give the can­di­dates the best pos­si­ble chance of learn­ing at a pro­fes­sional level and gain­ing em­ploy­ment at a pri­vate foot­ball acad­emy in the UAE or over­seas.”

Max­i­mum num­ber of slots in each course is 20, al­though that could in­crease de­pend­ing on in­ter­est. The cost for the Foun­da­tion course is Dh5,000 while it’s Dh6,000 for In­ter­me­di­ate, with both cour­ses in­volv­ing the­ory and prac­ti­cal.

“The the­ory will be 30 per cent while the prac­ti­cal el­e­ment is 70 per cent,” added Brown. “It will give you a great in­sight on what is re­quired to be­come a foot­ball coach, whether you want to coach here in the UAE or abroad.

“The Foun­da­tion course is ideal for those who are com­ing into the game and don’t have much or no coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. If you want to en­vis­age a ca­reer in foot­ball, then this is the first step whether you want to es­tab­lish a ca­reer in coach­ing or do it as a hobby.”

Board games: It’s Just Foot­ball have helped run the coach­ing course since 2013 in the UAE.

Coach­ing clinic: Sign up for the cour­ses, which take place at Jebel Ali Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence.

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