UEFA, the governing body for association football in Europe, mandates several coaching licences for professional football managers, each valid for coaching at different levels. These include the UEFA Pro Licence, UEFA A Licence, and UEFA B Licence. They are issued by each UEFA member state's football federation and are valid for three years. The purpose of the licences is identification.
UEFA Pro LicenceEdit
The UEFA Pro Licence is the highest coaching certification available in Europe, and generally follows the completion of the UEFA 'B' and 'A' licences. A UEFA Pro Licence is required for anyone who wishes to manage a football club in the top tier of any European nation's league system on a permanent basis, i.e. more than 12 weeks (the amount of time an unqualified caretaker manager is allowed to take control). Such a licence is also required to manage in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
UEFA A LicenceEdit
The UEFA A Licence is one level below the UEFA Pro Licence, and allows holders to be head coaches of youth teams up to age 18, reserve teams (also known as 'B' teams) for top-flight clubs, and men's professional second-tier clubs.
UEFA B LicenceEdit
The UEFA B Licence is one level below the UEFA A Licence, and allows holders to be head coaches of men's amateur clubs, youth teams up to age 16, and assistant coaches for professional clubs.
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