FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme 

What is the FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme?

Part of FIFA’s commitment to increase the opportunities that exist within football for female coaches, the inaugural FIFA Coach Mentorship Programme will see experienced coaches from the women's game mentor a group of up-and-coming coaches from across the globe. This is in line with FIFA's first-ever global strategy for women's football - launched in 2018.

What will happen on the programme?

After the launch, the mentors and mentees will have online meetings, as well as meet face-to-face (the latter each lasting a maximum of five days). The initial in-person meeting, where feasible, will be hosted by the mentee. The second visit will, where possible, then be hosted by the mentor and any further meetings at a location agreed upon by both the mentor and mentee.

What is the purpose of the programme?

The new project is designed to support female coaches by enabling them to acquire new knowledge, skills and experience that they can harness in their careers.

How long is it running for?

After its inauguration in October 2018, the second iteration of the programme will run for 18 months, from May 2022.

Who is involved in the Programme?

A total of 20 mentors - a list that includes coaches who have lifted the FIFA Women's World Cup™ and been crowned Olympic gold medallist - will guide 20 mentees throughout the programme. The mentor/mentee pairings are listed below.

Vlatko Andonovski (MKD)USA WNT Coach Katerina Mileska U17 WNT Coach (MKD)
Epifania Benitez (PAR)Paraguay U17 WNT CoachAna Laura Galindo Domínguez U17 WNT Coach (MEX)
Kay Cossington (ENG)Head of Women’s Technical - The FA Caroline Sjöblom U19 WNT Coach (SWE)
Corinne Diacre (FRA)France WNT Coach Simone Jatobá U17 WNT Coach (BRA)
Desiree Ellis (RSA)South Africa WNT Coach Maggie Chombo U20 WNT Coach (MWI)
Iraia Iturregi (ESP)Athletic Bilbao Women’s Head CoachKat Smith Western Sydney Wanderers FC Head Coach
Pedro Martinez Losa (ESP)Scotland WNT Coach Sonia Haziraj WNT (Several)
Joe Montemurro (AUS)Juventus Women’s Head Coach Debbi McCulloch Spartans FC Women Coach (SCO)
Francisco Neto (POR)Portugal WNT Coach Amelia Valverde Villalobos WNT Coach (CRI)
Nils Nielsen (DEN)Switzerland WNT CoachLidija Stojkanovic U19 WNT Coach (SER)
Even Pellerud (NOR)Former Norway WNT Coach & FWWC Winning Coach Shilene Booysen WNT Coach (SSD)
Bev Priestman (ENG)Canada WNT Coach & Olympic Gold Medal Winning CoachKatarzyna Maria BarlewiczU19 WNT Coach (POL)
Tom Sermanni (SCO)Former NZ, USA & AUS WNT Coach. (Current Head of Women’s Football at Western Sydney Wanderers) Pamela Conti WNT Coach (VEN)
Ives Serneels (BEL) Belgium WNT Coach Natalie Lawrence U20 (NZL) & Wellington Phoenix (Women) Assistant Coach
Anna Signeul (SWE) Finland WNT CoachStefania Maggiolini Fort U17 WNT Techn. Assistant (URU)
Pia Sundhage (SWE)Brazil WNT Coach (+ Previously SWE, USA, CHN) Tracey Kevins U20 WNT Coach (USA)
Tina Theune (GER)Former Germany WNT Coach & FWWC Winning Coach Kathrin Peter U20 WNT Coach (GER)
Monica Vergara (MEX)Mexico WNT Coach Laura del Río Garcia U23 WNT Coach (ESP)
Jorge Vilda (ESP)Spain WNT Coach Elna Dixon WNT Coach (NIC)
Chan Yuen Ting (HKG)Jiangsu LFC Head Coach Manar Mustafa U17 WNT Coach (JOR)

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