17 Nov 2016


The Professional Football Coaches Association (PFCA) operates alongside the LMA and is predominately aimed at those working in professional football in a coaching or similar capacity

To be eligible to join you must be working, either in a part time or full time capacity as a coach or member of a backroom team at a professional football club, governing body or County FA. If in a coaching role, you should hold a Level 3 coaching qualification

The benefits of membership include: 

-  Legal services: employment contracts, termination of employment and disciplinary advice
-  Invitations to an extensive range of masterclasses, conferences and technical coaching clinics
-  The opportunity to apply for the LMA Diploma in Football Management
-  Assistance in the preparation of CVs
-  Notification of employment opportunities
-  Participation in a selected range of member benefits

If you interested in becoming a member of the PFCA or require further information, please email

Dave Richardson - PFCA Chairman 
Dave was, until 2005, Director of Youth at the Barclays Premier League. After having played and coached at non-league level in the 60’s and 70’s, he first became involved at professional level with Middlesbrough looking after schoolboys and youth players from 1966 -1976. He was appointed Youth Development Officer at Aston Villa by Ron Saunders, then left to become Youth Team Manager at Leicester City in 1980, first with Jock Wallace, then Gordon Milne as Youth & Reserve Team Manager from 1982-87.

He then rejoined Aston Villa as Assistant Manager, with special responsibility for Youth Development under Graham Taylor between 1987-1990. He continued this role with Joe Venglos and Ron Atkinson until 1994, when he was appointed Director of Youth at the Barclays Premier League.

Dave worked closely with the then FA Technical Director Howard Wilkinson to establish the current Academy system in professional football.