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National Flag Football Programme: Head Coach Appointed

Following on from our National Flag Football Programme Reboot announcement, IAFA are pleased to announce that Guillaume Poznanski will officially take up the role of Head Coach on 1st January 2020.

Guillaume brings with him a wealth of coaching experience as well as having spent 5 years as the IAFA Director of Flag Football. The full coaching staff will be announced in due course. We are very excited that the national flag programme is back and look forward to seeing the male and female teams in action very soon.

IAFA Level 0 Coaching Courses in November and December

The IAFA Coaching Department will be to hosting two Level 0 coaching courses on the 16th of May in Dublin and the 8th of December in Belfast.

These sessions are exclusively available to brand new coaches never previously certified. Anyone who has previously sat a course can now take a brand new online exam to renew their licence if its due to expire soon or has already expired. Please contact Director of Coaching via our online form (here) if you wish to gain access to the online examination.

Alll candidates need to first be registered their membership with IAFA with via the GoMembership portal here.

Once signed in, go to the events & course page and select the course you wish to attend.

If you have any questions please contact us here.

Volunteer With An American Football Club

Ever thought about VOLUNTEERING with an American football club?

You don’t have to play to be part of something special. There are many roles available in every club such as coaches, team managers, game day personnel, photographers, videographers, statisticians, graphic design, equipment managers plus many more

Check out our A-Z of clubs and get in contact with your nearest club to get involved:

Thanks to T. McCann and M. Lavery for the photos.

IAFA Level 0 Coaching Course – May 18th

Starting this year, all flag football teams must have at least one IAFA Level 0 certified coach to be eligible to compete in the EBC.

IAFA Coaching Department will be to hosting one Level 0 coaching course on the 18th of May at the NSC, Dublin.

This course is primarily geared towards EBC teams coaches (male and female) who do not already have a Level 0 certified coach but is also opened to GBC teams and Kitted teams if spaces allow.

All candidates need to first create an account with IAFA GoMembership portal here.

Once signed in, go to the events & course page and select the course you wish to attend.

If you have any questions please contact us here.

Vacancy: Coach Developer

Coach Developer

The Irish American Football Association (IAFA) is seeking applications for the role of Coach Developer. IAFA is the National Governing Body for American Football in Ireland and is recognised as such by Sport Ireland and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). At present IAFA is a volunteer-run organisation and there are over 3,000 active members involved in the sport at various levels. This is a volunteer position. Continue reading “Vacancy: Coach Developer”

IAFA Appoints New People to Administration

The Irish American Football Association (IAFA) are pleased to announce the appointments of the following, both at Board and Administration level;

Our new External Board Member Colum Cronin is originality from Cork. Colum has been living in Dublin for over a decade. He works as the International Student Adviser at University College Dublin, having previously been in a similar role at Trinity College Dublin. Continue reading “IAFA Appoints New People to Administration”

Coaching Courses Level 1

Level 1 coaching courses in february 

The IAFA is pleased to announce Level 1 Coaching Courses will take place on the 17th & 24th of February

These courses will take place in Dublin at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown.

We appreciate the demand throughout the country for these courses and it is our ambition to roll out more but given the proximity of the season and the demands placed on the tutors at present we are endeavouring to supply courses so people in need of the qualification can at least have the opportunity.

Team Managers should email with your club name and the names and contact information of those intending to take the course. The necessary booking information will follow.

2017 Coaching Courses Announced

The following coaching courses have been announced for 2017.

Dublin: January 14th and February 11th, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown 9am sharp.

Cork: January 21st, Rochestown Park Hotel. 9 am sharp.

Belfast: January 28th, Maldron Hotel. 9 am sharp.

You can book by clicking here.

Coaching Courses – 17th & 24th October 2015

The IAFA has finalised the dates for the coaches certification courses due to take place this off-season. Coaching Ireland Introduction to Coaching Courses (commonly called ‘Level 1’) will take place in both Dublin and Drogheda next month. For both of these courses, pre-registration via eventbrite is mandatory as places are limited.  Course details are as follows:

 Saturday 17th October – CityWest Hotel, Dublin.

 Click on the following link to book a place:


Saturday 24th October – D-Hotel, Drogheda.

Click on the following link to book a place:


*** These will be the only Certification Courses run before the start of the 2016 season ***

New Changes in Certification Rules:

 When Coaching Ireland Certification was introduced in recent years, it was always with the understanding that any existing coaches with other types of certification will have to update their qualifications and be transitioned over to Coaching Ireland within a period of time. With this in mind, the following rules apply w.e.f. 1st January 2016:

 IAFCA/BAFCA Level 1 no longer valid.

The ‘IAFCA Level 1’, which was delivered by BAFCA Tutors in Ireland a number of years ago is no longer considered a valid certification. The content of this course is below the minimum Coaching Ireland standard. Coaches currently coaching with this certification must take one of the above mentioned courses if they wish to coach in 2016.


Overseas Certified Coaches must certify with Coaching Ireland if changing teams.

There are a small number of coaches currently coaching with overseas qualifications, mostly BAFCA Level 2. Any of these coaches who are switching teams this off-season will need to re-certify by taking one of the above mentioned courses.


Coach Dan Hawkins

Dan Hawkins delivers clinic to Irish coaches.


Dan Hawkins delivers coaching clinic to Irish coaches at CityWest Hotel in Dublin.
Dan Hawkins delivers coaching clinic to Irish coaches at CityWest Hotel in Dublin.

 The IAFA hosted a coaching clinic delivered by former NCAA Head Coach, Dan Hawkins, in CityWest Hotel on Saturday 15th August. Approximately 20 Irish coaches attended. Coach Hawkins is a former University of Colorado and Boise State Head Coach. He is currently the Head Coach of the USA National Team, which won the World Cup in Canton, Ohio last month. Topics focused on included offensive strategy, special teams tactics, leadership practices and team organization.


IAFA Coaches at Dan Hawkins Clinic.
IAFA Coaches at Dan Hawkins Clinic.

New Coaching Ireland American Football course starts soon

The Irish American Football Association is pleased to announce that the inaugural Coaching Ireland Level 1 American football course will commence in Sportslink, Dublin on 16th December. Director of Coaching, John Judge and Terry Lynch, have completed the Coaching Ireland Tutors training course at the University of Limerick and assisted with the development of the new Level 1 course.

This new course is more extensive than the BAFCA Level 1 course that has been used in Ireland in recent years. It will provide aspiring coaches with a much more comprehensive introduction to coaching in an Irish context. The course will be run over 2 weekends, separated by a 6 week gap and with each participant having to do course work and exercises in the intervening period.

There are only 10 places available on this initial course. Anyone interested in applying should contact John Judge –

Further courses will be run during 2013.

Coaching Ireland Tutor Course – Applications open for 2013

The Irish American Football Association is currently looking for applicants to undertake the Coaching Ireland Tutor Development programme. This an intensive and very rewarding course which will show the successful applicant,  tutor and information delivery techniques and skills to which they will be able to deliver coaching programs for Irish coaches. The course will be run in the University of Limerick on the following dates in 2013:

Weekend 1 February 2nd & 3rd

Weekend 2 February 23rd & 24th

Weekend 3 March 23rd & 24th

Weekend 4 April 20th & 21st

Weekend 5 May 18th & 19th


The courses comprises of 5 weekends (72 contact hours), structured distance learning tasks and tutor practice.

Entry requirements:

Entrance to the tutor course is based on nomination by NGBs.

There is only one tutor position available on the 2013 course and anyone considering applying sould be mindful that they must be available to attend the University of Limerick for all the scheduled dates. The successful applicants course fees, expenses for transport, lodgings and food will be covered by the IAFA for the duration of the course.

The successful applicant will have to agree to be part of the IAFA Coaching Department’s Tutor staff and make themselves available to deliver IAFA/Coaching Ireland courses to the IAFA membership periodically.

Closing Date: 5th November 2012

Further Details:

John Judge, IAFA Director of Coaching: 

086 8615689 or

Coaching Ireland:


Applicants for GIFT 2012 Coaching Placements

Each of the 12 teams participating in this years GIFT 2012 series of games has offered to take two IAFL coaches onto their coaching squads for the event. These coaches will be embedded with their allocated team for the duration of the teams stay in Ireland. They will attend all practices and coaching meetings. They will also be on the sideline on gameday.

All IAFL teams have been asked to nominate up to two candidates for these positions. Interested coaches should forward their names to Greg Loughran via their team manager as soon as possible.

4th Annual IAFCA Convention 2011 Update

Mark Fri September 10th,Sat September 11th and Sun Sept 12th on your calendar, as the dates mark the 4th Annual IAFCA Convention.

The event will be held once again in The Camden Court Hotel,Dublin.

Speakers this year include:

Aitor Trabado-Spain

Ted Seay-USA

Jim Messenger-UK(other BAFCA are tbc)

Also speaking will be IAFCA Coaches Mark Lawless,Ciaran O’Sullivan plus many more.

This year sees new features such as on site equipment and apparel stands selling items, DVD’s for sale, exclusive courses for Head Coaches, exclusive courses for novice coaches plus much more.

On Saturday evening the event will also continue the tradition of hosting The IAFCA Coach of The Year Dinner.For the first time, the cost of this event is included in the clinic fee, plus tickets are available for wives and girlfriends.

Level one courses and Level two courses will be hosted over the weekends, a must for anyone planning to coach football this year.

All in all it promises to be an exciting event.

To attend please mail for details of how to reserve your place!

IAFCA announce second speaker for IAFCA Convention 2010

Spanish Coach Aitor Trabado to visit Dublin
IAFCA 2010 second speaker Aitor Trabado

IAFCA are proud to announce the second confirmed speaker for The IAFCA 2010 Convention is Spanish Coach Aitor Trabado.

Coach Trabado becomes the second speaker announced for the event,following last months announcement the Coach Ted Seay will be educating Irish Coaches on his “Wild Bunch” offense.

Coach Trabado is the Technical Director of ANTFA,the Spanish equivalent of IAFCA,aswell as Head Coach of the Spanish National Youth Team. Aitor spent part of last year with Mater Dei learning the secrets of their success and hopes to pass this knowledge to Irish coaches.

Coach Trabado has expressed his excitement at working with IAFCA, and sees a new relationship forged between Ireland and Spanish football. The following weekend sees ANTFA host its annual clinics,where IAFCA Technical Director Darrin O’Toole will be the guest speaker.

Keep checking for further announcements on more exciting speakers lined up for what promises to be IAFCA’s best convention to date.