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Female coaching on the rise across Europe!

UEFA’s coach development programme for women is paying dividends, with more participants than ever stepping forward to develop their skills.

Sarina Wiegman. Sonia Bompastor. Marina Voss-Tecklenburg. That was the final shortlist for UEFA’s Women’s Coach of the Year award for 2021/22.

It was the first time in the award’s short history that the top three was made up of solely female coaches, each of whom had inspired their teams to incredible levels of performance during the year.

That trio, and particularly award winner Wiegman, who led England’s Lionesses to a first UEFA Women’s EURO title, provide a motivation for others across Europe who want to take up coaching. Indeed, the last seven Women’s EUROs have now been won by female coaches, and three of the four semi-finalists in 2022 were also coached by women.

Thanks to UEFA’s coach development programme for women, there are now more opportunities than ever to take UEFA coaching courses.

The programme launched in 2019 as part of the organisation’s women’s football strategy, #TimeForAction, and aims to increase both the number of qualified female coaches and the total club and national teams coached by women.

The initiative offers scholarships for UEFA coaching courses (Pro, A, B, C, youth, goalkeeper and futsal), which are delivered via member national associations, as well as providing courses for female coach educators and technical support for women’s coaching courses and workshops.

Since the 2018/19 season, the coach development programmed has funded 1,001 scholarships for women across Europe to enrol in UEFA coaching courses.

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