Coaching ● Oct 11, 2022

FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course (Part 1) concluded


Course participants take a group photo at the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course, September 2022

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) recently concluded Part 1 of the FAS/Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course.


Held between 26 to 30 September at ITE College Central, the course saw 24 participants come under the mentorship of Lead Coach Developer, Mr Subramani Shunmugham and Assistant Coach Developer, Mr Loh Ngiap Tai.


Abdul Musawir, September 2022


The first of four parts, Part 1 saw the participants encounter theory topics like “National Football Curriculum”, “Principles of Play”, “Identifying Football Problems In Training”, “Growth Mindset”, and “Periodisation”. For practical sessions, the topics of “Coaching Models”, “Attacking Play”, and “Phases of Play” were covered. In addition, guest speakers from the FAS Football Science & Medicine Department shared their expertise on football fitness topics, while Tanjong Pagar United FC’s Head of Youth Development, Mr Abdul Musawir, presented a topic on football analysis.


Former Singapore star Indra Sahdan, September 2022


Former Singapore striker, Indra Sahdan, found the course an eye-opener and told “I felt great during this part of the course. Previously, I wondered why there was a need for ex-players to go through the FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma Coaching Course (formerly FAS ‘C’ Certificate Coaching Course). But after going through that and obtaining my coaching accreditation, I realised that there are differences between being a player and being a proper and effective coach. After going through the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course (Part 1), it has opened my eyes to the coaching world and I have learned many new things.”


Ernie Sulastri, September 2022


Singapore Women’s National Team captain, Ernie Sulastri, was one of the participants and said: “This is my second time taking the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course (formerly known as FAS/AFC ‘B’ Certificate Coaching Course) and I would say that format is better, as it is split into four parts. This gives the participants more time to prepare for our exams or submission of our session plans. The Coach Developers gave clearer explanations with examples and it was easier to understand the terminologies used. I also feel that what I have learned here will benefit me as a player, as I can understand the game better.”


Lead Coach Developer, Mr S. Subramani, September 2022


Lead Coach Developer, Mr Subramani, praised the unity of the group: “’Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much more’ – I had a wonderful experience with an enthusiastic group of course participants who were willing to share and learn together. It was a great way to start Part 1 of the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course.”


Assistant Coach Developer, Mr Loh Ngiap Tai, with a participant, September 2022


Mr Zainudeen Hassan, Head, FAS Coach Education & Development (CED) department, added: “With a strict selection criterion, the FAS CED department was able to select 24 active coaches for this course. It is good to have many ex-national and professional players in this batch as it raises the level of delivery. It is nice to have these players acknowledge that the FAS/AFC ‘C’ Diploma Coaching Course helped to build their coaching foundation. Topics such as Qualities of a good coach, Coaching Process, Coaching Methods, Use of Resources and Characteristics of Youth Players, helped build their knowledge to coach junior players, and it will set them up well as they progress through the FAS/AFC ‘B’ Diploma Coaching Course. I’m happy to note that the coaches have been very engaging and receptive to the teaching. We have set them out with some assignments and look forward to seeing them in Part 2.”


The course participants will return for Part 2 of the course, which will run from 27 October to 1 November.



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