Replies to Media ● Dec 01, 2016

FAS’ Reply To Coach Education And National Team Game Analyst’s Eligibility For The AFC Pro-Diploma Course


“FAS places strong emphasis on coach education and development, and we fully support and comply with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Policy & Procedures on coaches’ progression.

“Like many other football associations around the world including Europe, we adopt a systematic and time-based approach in the development of our young coaches who require a certain amount of practical coaching experience and/or hours before they are ready to undergo the next level of coaching courses accredited by AFC.

“Ultimately, the practical coaching experiences, logging of coaching hours, continuous coach education and mentorship will enable us to develop and produce quality coaches.

“We have an established process under which we will mentor and monitor closely the development of promising coaches. Going forward, we will continue to identify and nominate deserving, committed and talented coaches for various coach educational programmes including courses and overseas attachments in accordance with existing guidelines, frameworks, policies and procedures.

“As for Firdaus Kassim, it should be noted that his primary role as a Game Analyst at the AFF Suzuki Cup was to analyse matches and opponents according to Head Coach V. Sundram Moorthy’s requirements. This role requires different skills sets as compared to being a Head Coach of an elite senior team, and it would not be appropriate to compare his four-week experience with the National Team with the requirements of the AFC Pro-Diploma course.”

– “FAS Spokesman”