Of the 18 coaches who underwent Asian Football Confederation (AFC) A-license advanced coaching course in December last year, 12 coaches qualified the course.


Dorji Khandu was the lone AFC A-license holder until the current batch

Dorji Khandu was the lone AFC A-license holder until the current batch


Two coaches were put on the provisional pass and three did not get through the course.

Bhutan Football Federation (BFF) received the results after three months from AFC.

BFF and AFC conducted the course to enable up-gradation of coaching license and help enhance skills.

The AFC A-license course was held in the country for the first time in the last 10 years. Of the 13 coaches that took part in the course, six were from the federation and four from the clubs across the country.

Until the recent batch of certified coaches, there was only one AFC A-license holder. Now there are 13 AFC A-license holders in the country.

However, only six coaches holding the AFC A-license work with BFF academy.

The license is certified in all AFC member nations. The certified coaches can avail opportunities to work in AFC member nations.

Holding the B-license for six years, Ugyen Academy FC’s coach, Kinley Dorji, was one of the 12 coaches who successfully completed the course last December.

“The course enabled me to look at the overall development of a player while also looking at the specific skills. The previous course was specified,” he said.

He said that the B-level and C-level coaching courses were focused on amateur and youth teams while the A-level course was focused on professional clubs. “This would make a big difference in club’s football. We would be able to impart our knowledge to the player and accordingly help improve their level of play.”

Competition officer with the federation, Kinley Dorji, said that this batch of coaches would help local clubs to fulfil the requirements mandated by AFC.

The clubs without A-license holder coach cannot compete in AFC club competitions.

Today six local football clubs – Transport United, Thimphu City, Ugyen Academy, Drukstars, High-Quality United, and Druk United are AFC licensed clubs.

BFF academy coach, Pasang Tshering, in a previous interview with Kuensel said that inexperienced coaches were managing local clubs. “The clubs were faced with the shortage of coaches.”

Approximately two coaches are currently left without clubs. However, officials from the federation said the coaches work in schools and institutes.

Kuensel learned that a few clubs taking part in Thimphu league have consulted the federation asking for the coaches.

A-level coaching license holder needs a minimum of two years of a cooling period and has to maintain practical manual while working in the field to pursue pro-license course.



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