UEFA lends its support to the European game's coaching community – encouraging the sharing of knowledge between coaches across the continent and helping those responsible for educating the next generation of coaches.
All of the events and work are undertaken with the well-being of the technical sector – and European football as a whole – in mind.
Coaches and technicians meet with UEFA at regular intervals.
The continent's leading club coaches gather at the UEFA Elite Coaches' Forum at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon at the start of each season.
A conference is held with national coaches after each final round of the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship. The last one took place in Madrid in September 2010, with the focus on the technical analysis of the World Cup from a European perspective.
A UEFA Workshop for Coach Education has been held every two years. The latest edition was in Prague in September 2011.
Every second year, UEFA runs a specific and practical course for coach educators. Brussels was the venue for the most recent event in April 2012.
The first conference for women's national team coaches was held in Nyon in December 2009.
An innovative student exchange programme for coach education started at pilot level in 2011. The programme's goal is to give students of the UEFA Pro licence opportunities to swap international knowledge, as well as to enjoy direct access to UEFA tutors and content as part of their education. It is another step forward in UEFA's coach education work in conjunction with the European national associations.
To encourage the exchange of ideas, a coaching bulletin, The Technician, features the thoughts of leading coaches as well as reflecting on coaching trends across Europe.
In 1997, the European football governing body established the UEFA Convention on the Mutual Recognition of Coaching Qualifications.
By December 2008, every UEFA member association had signed up to the convention.
Its objective is to protect the coaching profession and smooth the way for the free movement of qualified coaches within Europe in accordance with European law.
• UEFA encourages Europe-wide exchange of ideas with regular coaching conferences
• UEFA and Europe's leading coaches discuss issues on the European club football agenda at the annual Elite Coaches' Forum
• All 53 UEFA member national associations are now members at various levels of the UEFA Convention on the Mutual Recognition of Coaching Qualifications.