CFU Information Pack Certificate Course


University of the West Indies Certificate IN FOOTBALL COACHINg

Caribbean Football Union, Member Association                                           Information booklet





Table of contents

Section 1: Candidate Information                                                                                         

1.1Programme Background                                                                                                                                              3

1.2Programme overview                                                                                                                                                    4

1.3 Call for applicants                                                                                                                                                        5        1.4 Programme details                                                                                                                                                                5

1.5 Programme requirements                                                                                                                                            6        1.6 Admission requirements                                                                                                                                         7

1.7 Certificate in Football Coaching course content                                                                                                    8

1.8 Course Fees                                                                                                                                                                    8             

1.9 Contact information                                                                                                                                                    8


Section 2: C.F.U Member Association Information                                                             


2.1   Member Association course request information                                                                                                 10

2.2   Course request process                                                                                                                                              10

2.3   Course approval and assignment process                                                                                                              11

2.4    Essential infustructure                                                                                                                                              12                    2.5   Rights and responsibilities                                                                                                                                      13

2.6   Financial details                                                                                                                                                          14     






















Section 1.

University of the West Indies Certificate IN FOOTBALL COACHINg

 Candidate Information





1.1      Programme background

On the 9th June 2014 the University of the West Indies (U.W.I) Cave Hill Campus, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) with the Caribbean Football Union (C.F.U). The purpose of the M.O.U was to formalize and streamline areas of cooperation in football development for the benefit of all the Caribbean. Under the terms of the M.O.U, for the benefit of Caribbean football the parties would collaborate in the areas of:

1.1(a) Research

1.1(b) the staging of conferences and seminars

1.1(c) Coaching courses

1.1(d) Access to Academy of Sport facilities

1.1(e) Funding proposals

In pursuit of the fulfillment of this mandate U.W.I engaged many individuals and organisations with the expertise necessary to effect positive outcomes in the above mentioned areas. While discussions are still ongoing in many areas, it is with the Belgium Football Association (KBVB) that U.W.I has found a most visionary and willing partner.


Through this new and exciting partnership the U.W.I Academy of Sport, Cave Hill Campus is now able to provide coaching education of the highest quality to coaches across the Caribbean region.



















1.1      Programme overview  

The aim of the Football Education programme is to provide lifelong learning and education to aspiring football coaches and managers, as well as being the hub for football industry qualifications in the Caribbean. Students in our Football Education programme will receive high quality teaching, learning and coaching supervision from professionals with backgrounds in academia, professional football and sports business. We will ensure that everyone on our Football Education programme will gain the qualifications, skills and expertise to be successful within the football industry.


The programme allows football coaches the opportunity to continue to develop their footballing skills whilst participating in the programme. This football coaching qualification is ideal for those looking for experience and understanding of the world of football coaching across different levels of the game from grass roots to the elite game. It provides a unique learning experience and the opportunity to live, learn and develop within a professional football environment.


In 2016, U.W.I formed a significant partnership with the Royal Belgium Football Association (K.B.V.B). This partnership will provide the Academy of Sport with unprecedented access to K.B.V.B staff and materials in order to deliver a top notch curriculum. As part of the unique curriculum you will also experience guest lectures from key industry professionals.


We do thank you for choosing the Academy of Sport U.W.I as your provider for football coaching education and look forward to assisting you in reaching your career goals.









1.3 Call for applicants

In May 2016, the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Academy of Sport and the Caribbean Football Union in association with the Belgium Football Association announced its new Certificate and Diploma programmes in Football Coaching. This curriculum is the first of its kind in the Caribbean, and the program faculty is currently accepting applications for our 1st Cohorts for our diploma and certificate programmes. 

These qualifications is intended to enable students to qualify as professional football coaches up to UEFA B level. The practical aspects of the football is delivered by highly qualified coaches during intensive weeks and/or support days.




1.4 Programme details

Start date                               On request

Site                                          On site

Duration                                 3 months

Languages                              English

Delivery mode                        On site and Online

Educational variant              Part time/ distance

Contact hours                        45

Online hours                          90  





1.5 Programme requirements

The University of the West Indies certificate in football coaching is a blended learning programme and will consists of 45 contact hours of face to face sessions and 90 hours of on line course work. The course will be delivered over one (1) semester. The course will be delivered in 1 face-to-face on site visit by university instructors, then through on line learning. Students will be part of a cohort structure that keep learning-groups small and allows for high levels of interaction among students and faculty.


Football Coaching Education Program Objectives

§  Establish a foundation in coaching principles, methodology and a history of Football and its evolution into the world's most popular sport

§  Instill the coaching qualities needed for successful leadership and management on and off the playing field.

§  Help coaches improve football sport skills and tactics and develop effective strategies to make important adjustments during practice and competition

§  Provide coaches with the knowledge and techniques to develop and improve athlete and team performance for players at every age

§  Improve organization, planning, evaluation and other administrative skills required to be an effective football coach

§  Develop perspectives and strategies for developing and training advanced level players

§  Present a framework for developmentally appropriate and athlete centered practices that will lead to long-term player development, beginning with our youngest players

§  Become a consumer of current research and its application to coaching and player development







1.6 Admission Requirements

A prospective student must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission to the Academy of Sport, Certificate in Football Coaching:

§  CONCACAF D license, FIFA coaching or other equivalent certificate

§  A minimum of one year of football coaching experience.

§  Current coaching position

Application Materials Needed

Please be sure to submit all of the materials below in support of your application:

§A resume including your football and educational background and football work experience

§Two letters of recommendation that address your academic qualifications and coaching experiences

§Copies of coaching certificates













1.7 Certificate in Football Coaching course content


Didactics in sports, focused on soccer

Development vision of European clubs theory session

Club Administration (basic)

Development vision for coaching in the Caribbean

Basic motoric skills

Four corner model

Six Basic tools of coaching

Player Motivation

Player Self esteem

Evidence based coaching

Performance analysis (basics)

Demo practice by student coaches with active discussion afterwards

Demo practice by student coaches with active discussion afterwards

Demo practice by student coaches with active discussion afterwards

Demo practice by student coaches with active discussion afterwards

Safety in sports       

Practical exams


-Please note individual courses are subject to change-


1.8 Certificate in Football Coaching Fees

Please see local F.A


1.9 Contact Information

Mr. Gary St. Rose This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Program Coordinator, Football Education Manager
University of the West Indies
Academy of Sport Cave Hill







Section 2

Requirements for requesting and hosting

University of the West Indies Certificate IN FOOTBALL COACHINg

C.F.U Member Association Information










2.1 C.F.U Member Association course request information

Section 2 of this booklet is dedicated to providing C.FU Member Associations’ with clear and precise information on how to apply and host the Certificate in coaching course. This section will provide a guideline for the requesting of courses and Member Association rights and responsibilities when hosting courses. For any further information on any matter that may not be clear or covered in this document Member Associations are encouraged to contact the Programme Coordinator Mr. Gary St. Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2.2 Course request Process

All request for the certificate in coaching course must follow the prescribed criteria.

·         All request must be made in writing by President or General Secretary of the Member Association

·         All request must be submitted on official M. A stationary

·         All  request must be addressed to the Programme Coordinator / Football Education Manager, Academy of Sport, Cave Hill, University of the West Indies

·         All  request must be signed either by the President or General Secretary of the respective M.A’s

·         All written request for Certificate in coaching courses must be made at least 3 months prior to the suggested start date.

·         All request must include the following information to be considered complete

o   Date of request

o   Suggested start date for course

o   Suggested venue

o   Name of assigned course coordinator

o   Contact info for assigned course coordinator

o   Signature of President or General Secretary








2.3 Course approval and assignment process

For the benefit of all MA’s this section will provide an outline of the process of applying approving, assigning and staging a course.


Approval Process

Step 1. Official request is made by C.F.U Member Association  

Official request is sent by M.A to the programme coordinator / football education manager

Step 2. Request is received by Programme Coordinator  

                        Request is logged as being received by the Football Education Unit, Academy of Sport

Step 3. Acknowledgement of request to the M.A

The Programme Coordinator will officially acknowledge receipt of request from to M.A in writing

Step 4. Determination of availability of instructor and tutor

The Programme Coordinator will advise the M.A on the availability of instructor and tutor for the suggested dates, if date are available, the programme coordinator will proceed to step 5. If dates are unavailable M.A will be advised on next available dates which the M.A can either accept, decline or negotiate for the best possible mutually acceptable dates.

Step 5.  Granting of provisional approval

Where a course instructor and tutor is available for either the applied for, suggested or negotiated dates, provisional course approval will be granted.

Provisional approval is the process whereby dates and instructors will be assigned to a specific M.A’s request for a period of 30 days. During the 30 days provisional period, MA’s are expected to complete the full application process.

The full application process includes the following

·         Filling out of all prescribed forms by MA

·         Financial clearance

·         Submission of Venue rental agreement/s (practical and theory session venue/s)

Step 5.1 Provisional approval extension

·         In cases where M.A’s have shown significant progress in satisfying the conditions for hosting a course but may have not fully satisfied such conditions a 15 day extension may be granted by the programme Coordinator in consultation with the M.A No further extensions will be granted beyond 45 days.

Step 6.  Final approval

Where the M.A has sufficiently satisfied all preconditions for hosting a course on or before the deadline, final approval shall be granted. Only upon granting of final approval will M.A’s or any other agent or body acting on behalf of M.A or otherwise be allowed to place any details of such course in the public domain.



2.4 Essential Infustructure

For the successful hosting of a course the following items are essential and are the responsibility of the M.A.

·         Theory session facilities

o   This includes Amphitheatre, lecture hall, auditorium, conference room or classroom 


·         Practical session facilities

o   Suitably marked and maintained football field with changing rooms, rest rooms and shower facility.


·         Technological capabilities


o   Projector 

o   White Board (markers) 

o   Printer

o   Audio system


·         Course equipment

o   Balls

o   Bibs

o   Cones





2.6 Rights and Responsibilities  

M.A right

The local M.A will be allowed to determine the final cost per candidate of the course and whether additional services would be offered during the course. Services such as catering will be at the local F.A’s discretion.


Academy of Sport responsibilities

 Course material

 Course instructor

 Certificates of achievement

 Course replica shirts upon demand


Participant’s responsibility

 Personal gear

 Writing material


Participant’s rights

 Course material

 Exams


2.6 Financial details  

o   The Academy of Sport will charge a flat course fee of $5000.00 USD for the delivery of each course throughout the Caribbean. Courses beyond the Caribbean are subject to additional fees and charges.

o   The Local F. A will be responsible for the collection of candidate fees and for the remitting of payments to the Academy of Sport.

o   The Local F.A will set individual candidate prices with a suggested price ban of $200.00 to $300.00 USD per candidate.

o   The Academy of Sport will be responsible for airline, accommodation and stipend of its instructor/s.

o   Fees collected by the M.A beyond the $5000.00 USD course fee can be used by the M.A to meet any administrative cost that the M.A might incur.

o   A total of 35 participants will be allowed on each course.


For any further information or quires please contact Mr. Gary St. Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.