• Code: ED
  • Certification:

    FAI PDP1, PDP2 & PDP3 Youth certificate in Soccer Coaching
    FAI National D Licence
    FAI National C Licence (Optional)

  • Duration: One Year


The course is designed to prepare both male and female learners for life as a learner athlete. Existing soccer skills will be improved and applicants will also be introduced to a broad range of general coaching skills. The PDP1 course is designed to assist parents and coaches, to introduce children (aged 6-9 years) to fun soccer games and fundamental movement skills in a well-structured, stimulating and safe environment. The PDP2 course is designed to assist coaches in the development of the player’s (aged 9-12 years) soccer specific and fundamental movement’s skills in game related functions, progressing into small sided games. The PDP 3 Youth course is designed to assist coaches working within the youth game in acquiring the specific knowledge for the development of players working within the adult game. The course is aimed at providing the coach with knowledge, skills and competence to coach at this level.

Programme of Study


PDP 1; PDP 2PDP 3 Youth
National D Licence
National C Licence (Optional)
Refereeing Badge (Optional)


Sport and Recreation Studies
Exercise and Fitness
Work Experience
Sports Anatomy & Physiology
Team Leadership
Business Administration
Soccer Coaching
First Aid

Entry Requirements

• Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
• Leaving Certificate Applied
• Full QQI Level 4 Award
• Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview. Applicants will be requested to complete a personal statement for submission at interview.

Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Soccer Coach
  • Fitness Instructor
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

Personal Trainer, Strength &

• Carlow IT:
Bachelor of Arts in sport & exercise (CW817)
Physiology and health science (CW106)
Sports rehabilitation and athletic therapy (CW188)
Sports science (CW178)
Strength and conditioning (CW198)

• TU Dublin:
Sports management and coaching (BN111)

Sports coaching & performance (LY228)

• UCC:
Sports studies & physical education (CK116)

Waterford IT:
BSc in sports coaching (WD186)
BSc in exercise and fitness (WD125)
Health Sciences Common Entry (WD005)
Exercise Science (WD006)
BBus in Recreation & Sport Managment (WD019)
BBus (H) in Recreation & Sport Management (WD212)

Course Co-Ordinator

Eduardo Foley-Elias

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

"There’s always a different route to college, by Completing the B.I.F.E Soccer and Fitness Instruction course it allowed me to go into Carlow I.Ts Soccer Degree course which I thought I would never get into, and pursue my goal of becoming a soccer coach, the facilities were great alongside the lectures such as Charlie and Eddie who really push you to achieve your best, BIFE enabled me to achieve all
my Goals." - Nathan Feen

"The help I received to help me attain this course in Soccer Studies & Gym Instruction was immense. I cannot praise the courses or all the tutors enough. On the back of this education and several contacts made from the courses, I have opened up my own Goalkeeping business which has always been my passion. I am currently working with Bray Wanders and that is testament to the education, support and help from BIFE." - Ian Fowler

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