The International Olympic Committee (IOC) supports the general development of Olympic sports (including men's and women's football) through its 'Olympic Solidarity' education programme. In this IOC programme, coaches and administrator courses are run in co-operation with funds from the host National Olympic Committee (NOC) as distributed by the IOC's Olympic Solidarity programme. FIFA supports these Olympic Solidarity courses by appointing instructors and providing relevant course material.
Format of Olympic Solidarity Courses
A member association submits a request to the National Olympic Committee of its country for the organisation of a football course. Based on the criteria of the programme, the NOC decides if the course is allocated to the member association, and if so, it sends its approval to Olympic Solidarity, who informs FIFA accordingly. Applications for Olympic Solidarity courses must reach FIFA no less than three months prior to the start of the course. The duration of the courses varies according to the topic and available funds from the National Olympic Committee. The appointment of the instructor is the responsibility of FIFA.
The NOC, with funds from Olympic Solidarity, is responsible for all organisational expenses of the course. Olympic Solidarity and FIFA are responsible for the FIFA instructor's international travel expenses and daily allowances. FIFA provides course teaching material and equipment.