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AFC Coach educators gain insights into Euro 2020 in third virtual session!

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) organised the third Coach Education Special Online Session with participants learning from the comprehensive analysis of selected Euro 2020 matches.

AFC Technical Director Andy Roxburgh opened the session, that was attended by more than 100 participants from 43 Member Associations, by emphasising the importance of a coach’s ability to read the game, which is a fundamental skill to succeed in the profession.

The session continued with UEFA Performance and Match Analyst, Tom Cooper, who shared the main technical and tactical trends at Euro 2020 and gave insights on why European teams continue to perform at the highest level.

Participants had the opportunity to get a better understanding on formations and tactics through video case studies and engaging infographics.

The focus then shifted to Coach Education matters, including the main tactical topics that can be included in A and Professional level courses. AFC Principal Coaching Consultant Wim Koevermans highlighted some of the topics which need to be emphasised in these courses. .

John David Whittle, the Technical Director of the Iraqi Football Association, said: “It is crucial to adapt and to continue reviewing and updating C, B, A and Pro courses content to keep up with modern day and future trends, where all different areas of the game and player analysis must become a part of all courses.

We’ve seen today in the presentations, where some of the coaches from the Euro 2020 change the tactical situations, not just once, but numerous times throughout the game. So we all have a responsibility to create, deliver and support the needs of our coaches of today and the future within all MAs.”

Phone Nyunt Ko, the Myanmar Football Federation Director of Coach Education, added: “We are always learning new trends in football coaching and today’s session was informative and gave us a better understanding of the tactics implemented by the top teams in Asia and Europe. It was also an opportunity to interact with one another and to exchange ideas.”

The session ended with a Q&A where the participants joined the engaging conversation focused on various topics in relation to modern football.

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