JFF urges certification for coaches

Kingston (Jamaica), Feb 2 (IANS/CMC) Jamaican football coaches who want to perform duties on the sidelines will have to be certified effective September this year, according to Horace Burrell, the president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).

Burrell said the JFF has mandated that effective Sep 1, 2014, all coaches must possess a JFF certified coach’s licence for all levels of coaching in Jamaica, reports CMC.

“All head coaches and assistant coaches must possess a JFF Level one certification or its equivalent,” Burrell told a recent coaches’ graduation forum.

He said that all head and assistant coaches at the Premier League and high school levels must possess a JFF Advance Level two certification in order to continue their duties.

The licensing period runs from September 2014 to Aug 31, 2016, and will be renewable every two years.

“Before the licence can be renewed all coaches will be required to do eight hours of refresher courses per year beginning 2014. At least four hours must be JFF conductor course,” he said.