Football Coaches Australia (FCA) is delighted to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of India Football Coaches (AIFC) on 26 August 2020.
The agreement is based on a mutual commitment to build careers in football in an economically sustainable manner and to ensure that coaching roles are properly safeguarded and attractive to each nation’s best talent.
FCA Chief Executive Glenn Warry was pleased to make the announcement, stating the two entities recognise each other as developing associations, and have held constructive conversations regarding many major issues affecting the world game.
“The MoU with AIFC reinforces our vision of promoting and strengthening the reputation of football in Australia and the reputation of Australian football on the world stage,” said FCA CEO Glenn Warry.
“We are committed to working together to develop support systems for Australian and Indian professional football coaches as they seek to pursue their careers in the Asian Football region.”
Under the MoU, the associations will collaborate across key areas, and are committed to collectively work towards the following five key aims:
- Mutually assisting each other in the development of football in Australia and India.
- Introducing standard contracts for coaches within their country which set out the agreed minimum employment conditions and a structured and resourced process for termination of employment.
- Set up strategic partnerships to support the professional development & wellbeing of coaches, including coach exchange programs.
- Encourage the involvement of more female coaches.
- Increase access to football for all participants while aspiring to make each of those experiences positive.
AIFC Executive Director Dinesh Nair also expressed his satisfaction, stating that both associations recognise the influential role coaches play in the lives and livelihoods of footballers, particular to children and young adults.
“We are happy to make our relationship official, after supporting each other in our journey to equip and educate our coaches. With this Agreement we look forward to working together for the betterment of our coaches. This will help us learn from each other, share best practices and also grow together,” Nair said.
“With the upcoming 2023 FIFA WWC, FCA and AIFC seek to lead the way in developing best practice systems to support all Associations and their member coaches in the Asian region, and in particular, the advancement of female coaches.”