FA Developing Defenders (SPCD04)


Course duration: Three days (residential)
Dates (attendance is mandatory on all course dates):

25th - 27th October 2013

Enrolment deadline: 20th September 2013
Venue: St. George's Park
Course tutor(s): TBC
Course fees:

Licensed Coach

(member of The FA Licensed Coaches' Club)


Unlicensed Coach

(Yet to join The FA Licensed Coaches' Club)



Fee includes: Accommodation
Course pre-requisites:

UEFA B Licence

Who is it for?: This new course is designed to examine and develop the skills and mental processes of the modern defender. It will examine the role and responsibilities of the different defending positions and demonstrate the development of the athletic capabilities of the defender and the technical and tactical capabilities required for the game in the future. It features practices for the individual defender and for the defender working with others in units and the team defence. The course will also examine the different defensive strategies and tactics employed by teams operating at the highest levels of the game.
Course content:

Seven sessions (two theory, five practical) looking at:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the centreback and full-back in the modern game
  • Positional, athletic and technical profiles for centre-backs and full-backs
  • Practice and training content for developing defenders
  • Skills central to producing excellent defenders
  • Marking distances, reasons and inviting passes etc
  • Tracking and back-tracking
  • Pressing and 1v1 roles
  • Screening and blocking passes/crosses
  • Passing-on opponents (laterally/ vertically)
  • Interceptions, spoiling possession and containing opponents
  • Major attacking skills
  • Playing from the back and middle third
  • Distribution over distances with varied technique
  • Defending against central and flank attacks
  • Defending in wide areas
  • Defending centrally
  • Defending against counter-attack
  • Defending against crosses
  • Methods
  • Discussion and lecture
  • DVD observation
  • Practical sessions
  • Athleticism (agility, acceleration, deceleration)
  • Technical
  • Tactical
Pre-course task: Candidates are required to complete a pre-course self-reflection task. This will be assigned to all successful applicants approximately one month prior to the course.
Post-course task: N/A
Course assessment:




Where to go next?:
  • UEFA A Preparatory Course
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 ask that candidates 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 candidates will be required to complete a Medical Form prior to commencing the course.

Practical Information: Please note that if a student 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 students requirements which may include bringing in footballers to ensure there are sufficient numbers of players.
Equality: FA Learning will ensure that it treats people fairly and with respect and that it will provide access and opportunities for all members of the community to take part in, and enjoy, its activities in an atmosphere free from harassment, bullying, discrimination or abuse. FA Learning will seek to provide a service which is appropriate to the needs of an individual and to make reasonable adjustments or provide support, where appropriate, to cater for those needs.
Football League funding: Coaches working exclusively in Academies/Centres of Excellence at Football League clubs may be able to access funding through their club. If your club is providing this funding, please email FALearningSupport@TheFA.com with the following details:
  • Club Name
  • Course Name & Dates
  • Full Name
  • FA Number (if known)
  • Date of Birth

We will then verify this with your Academy/CoE Manager/Administrator before enrolling you on the course. Please ensure you have authorisation from the club before sending this email.

Enrolment: 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, candidates must meet the course pre-requisites specified in the above description.

Once you have enrolled, FA Learning 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, candidates who do not meet the pre-requisites will have their place cancelled and a full refund issued.
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The deadline for registration has passed

Licensed Coaches' Club Member 395.00
Non Licensed Coaches' Club Member 515.00
Start date: 25/10/2013 5:00 PM
Register by: 21/10/2013 3:00 PM
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