As part of FIFA’s commitment to increase the opportunities that exist within football for female coaches, the inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme began on October 29, 2018 at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.
The new project is designed to support female coaches by enabling them to acquire new knowledge, skills and experience that they can harness in their careers.
Female coaches from all over the world have gathered in Zurich for the two-day workshop, where they will be paired with some of the biggest names in football coaching, allowing them to benefit from invaluable first-hand advice, gain new ideas and share best practice.
Communication between the female coaches and their mentors will continue after the workshop, with the programme concluding in November 2019.
Some of the coach and mentor parings are:
Rae Dower: Australia Women’s U-17 National Team Head Coach
Kay Cossington: Head of Women’s National Development Teams & Talent at The FA (2017-present)
Beatriz Vaz e Silva: Brazil Women’s National Team Assistant Coach
Jorge Vilda: Spain Women’s National Team Head Coach (2015-present)
Andrea Nyamsi: Cameroon Women’s U-20 National Team Goalkeeper Coach
Ives Serneels: Belgium Women’s National Team Head Coach (2011-present)
Pascal Zuberbuhler: Switzerland National Team Goalkeeper (1994-2008), Derby County Goalkeeper Coach (2015-2017)
Rhian Wilkinson: Canada Women’s U-17 National Team Head Coach
Hope Powell: England Women’s National Team Head Coach (1998-2013), Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion WFC (2017-present)
Anouschka Bernhard: Germany Women’s U-17 National Team Head Coach
Pia Sundhage: USA Women’s National Team Head Coach (2007-2012), Sweden Women’s National Team Head Coach (2012-2017), Sweden Women’s U15-U17 National Team Head Coach (2017-present)
Yuen Ting Chan: Eastern Sports Club Men’s Team Head Coach (Hong Kong)
Corinne Diacre: Clermont Foot Men’s Head Coach (2014-2017), France Women’s National Team Head Coach (2017-present)
The FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme comes after FIFA recently launched the first-ever global strategy for women’s football which came earlier this month.
The programme charts the way in which FIFA will work with confederations and Member Associations (MAs), clubs and players, the media, fans and other stakeholders to realise the full potential that exists within the women’s game.