In May 2022, FIFA launched the second edition of its Coach Mentorship Programme where 20 women from across the globe will be mentored by 20 of the game’s most accomplished coaches. The accomplished mentor list includes two FIFA Women’s World Cup winning coaches and the current Women’s Olympic Football Gold Medallist coach.
As one of the eight programmes available under the FIFA Women’s Development Programme banner, the FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme aims to develop and empower a new generation of female coaches who are individually mentored by a top coach from the women’s game over an 18 month period.
In a key milestone of the programme, the coaches came together for a three-day workshop at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Costa Rica which created an invaluable forum for knowledge sharing between the coaches and saw some of the mentees and mentors meet in person for the first time.
The workshop was opened by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. In her opening remarks, she highlighted the strategic goals of the FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme: “This workshop is a fantastic opportunity to share skills, knowledge and experience, and learn from each other. And those learnings are very crucial to the development and growth of the women’s game, as you all know. This initiative aims to develop and empower a new generation of female coaches.”
In addition to providing talented coaches with world-class mentors, the programme also aims to help female coaches to achieve greater results in their current positions, offer coaching guidance and support on career development, and create a global network of female coaches.
“It’s an excellent programme. It allows us to meet great coaches – or great female coaches – very experienced people, too. It also allows us to share all our experiences on the pitch, but in life, too, amongst mentors and mentees,” said France women’s national team coach Corinne Diacre.