Case Study The Scottish Football Association

Greig Paterson - Head of Coach Education & Development

The Scottish Football Association

The Scottish Football Association is the governing body of football in Scotland and has the ultimate responsibility for the control and development of football in Scotland.


The Scottish Football Association (Scottish FA) hosts a full suite of licence courses for coaches wanting to build on their skills, enhance their coach development and advance their careers. Whether it be UEFA licence courses (from UEFA C Licence to UEFA Pro Licence) or their very own Advanced Children’s Licence, all such courses demand a competence and understanding in performance analysis; both of themselves (self-reflection) and their charges (match analysis).

During lockdown coaches were unable to come together in a central location to complete teaching practice and coaching assessments, and due to travel restrictions coaches were unable to travel to Scotland to attend new courses.

Greig Paterson, Head of Coach Education & Development, and his team approached iSportsAnalysis with a view to enable their coaches to complete course curriculum work, and assessments, online.

The success of this led to the Scottish FA being able to host full UEFA C, UEFA B, UEFA A, UEFA ELITE YOUTH A, UEFA Pro and Scottish FA Advanced Children’s Licence courses on iSportsAnalysis, with coaches from Scotland and all over the world able to continue with their learning and development despite the challenges faced throughout the pandemic.

The Results

The Scottish FA was able to host their licence level courses on iSportsAnalysis and give vital feedback, support and assistance to hundreds of coaches from all over the world without them having to travel to Scotland during the pandemic.

The courses involved coaches uploading videos of their coaching sessions which were then assessed by staff tutors and assessors. Sessions could then be analysed by peers and tutors alike, allowing for arguably a richer learning experience than course participants may have received in person.

As part of their reality-based learning, coaches were asked to analyse football (soccer) games, as well as their own training sessions, and those of peers. These were hosted on iSportsAnalysis and each coach was able to individually analyse a plethora of games and training sessions using the iSportsAnalysis Sports Performance Analysis services.

Staff coaches were able to sign into iSportsAnalysis, view and assess each coach's analysis, and they were able to communicate privately with each coach online using the iSportsAnalysis "Coaches Corner". This made the process of assessing coaches effective, quick and easy.

The Process

The Scottish FA uploaded course videos and course related documents (PDFs, PowerPoints etc.) to the iSportsAnalysis platform.

Coaches then uploaded their own matches and sessions to iSportsAnalysis and were assigned to their relevant courses and tutorial groups where they had access to their videos, documents and other resources to further enhance their learning, whilst also being able to share and benchmark against other course participants when necessary.

If needed, each coach's analysis was unique to them and was only viewable by themselves and Staff Coaches. Functionality was granted to make the analysis private when needed, allowing communication between the coach and staff coach to be private.

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