FA In and Out of Possession: Developing Defenders South

Course duration:

2 days non-residential


30th September & 1st October 2017
 (attendance is mandatory on all course dates)

Course Fees:

 FA Licensed  Coaches' Club Member - £75
 Non FA Licensed Coaches' Club Member - £100   

Payment deadline:

31th August 2017


Fulham FC Training Ground

Course tutor(s):

Jimmy Gilligan and Jon Gittens 


Kimberley Jardine

Course Overview:

The FA In and Out of Possession: Developing Defenders course is designed to examine and develop the attributes and skills of the modern defender. The course will examine the role and responsibilities that coaches need to consider to assist their players progress in the game today. 

Course pre-requisites:

The FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football (or equivalent).

Who is it for?:

Who coaches who meet the above requirements. 

Course content:

  • Practice design
  • Practical
  • 11v 11 -
  • Defending carousel
  • Developing individuals
  • Developing the practice
  • Developing observation skills 
  • Using Technology
  • Psychology 
  • Considerations when defending
  • Physical impact of defending 
  • Modern trends in defending 
  • Working with a back 3
  • Theory and practical
  • Link to National teams 

*Please note that content is subject to change 

Additional CPD Hours:

 On completion of a post course task an additional 3 CPD hours will be allocated.

Dress code:

Standard dress code on the course is casual. For practically based courses, please bring sufficient outdoor kit/clothing for the duration of the course. The venue asks that learners refrain from wearing muddy footwear inside the building. Should the course require any alternative dress, this will be detailed in the course joining instructions.

Medical information/physical requirements:

If you have any medical conditions which limit/hinder your involvement or participation in coaching activities, you are obliged to declare any relevant, current or previous injuries/illnesses. If you are diagnosed as an asthmatic, diabetic or epileptic, or have any allergies that the course staff needs to be aware of, you must advise us accordingly. Please note, a declaration of injury or illness does not automatically preclude you from any course. You should further be aware that if you are on a regular course of medication for any condition, you must have sufficient medication to cover you throughout the course. Although first aid cover is provided (where applicable) during courses, no doctor is available to replenish regular medication, nor is there any facility to deliver medical treatment for chronic (longstanding) medical conditions. Please provide any relevant information regarding the above Medical Information during the application process. If your application to enrol is successful learners will be required to complete a Medical Form prior to commencing the course.  

Practical Information:

Please note that if a learner has a disability that may prevent them participating actively in the practical sessions, then this should be made known to the course organiser at the point of registration. The course organiser will then take any necessary steps to cater for the learners requirements which may include bringing in footballers to ensure there are sufficient numbers of players.


This course operates an "open" enrolment system. To enrol on this course, please sign in below with your FA Number and Password. In order to enrol on this course, learners must meet the course pre-requisites specified in the above description.
Once you have enrolled, FA Education will then check your pre-requisites. In the event that we are not able to find a record of you holding the specified pre-requisites, we will contact you for verification. At this stage, learners who do not meet the pre-requisites will have their place cancelled and a full refund issued.


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