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Level 3 - Analysis and Preparation for Coaches

Plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes

Who is it for?

Head Coach of adult team, school, club youth section or programme, age grade representative coach

Attendance or accreditation?

Accreditation – Competency-based assessment using formal transcript

On successful completion, the coach will be able to:

  • Develop a personal coach profile
  • Outline a vision for their team
  • Assess current players and apply a selection process (player profile)
  • Develop a team profile (strengths & weaknesses of their team)
  • Develop a game profile (identifying and practising for the long-term)
  • Identify and practise specific tactics (patterns of play)
  • Develop a game plan based on observation and analysis of specific opponents
  • Apply functional role analysis
  • Coach the following elements safely: Restarts; Continuity; Defence; Counter Attack
  • Identify Critical Incidents in a game
  • Plan and review a season
  • Manage other coaching and ancillary staff

Minimum duration:

  • Notional learning hours: 150
  • Pre-course work, 10 x 3 hour modules, season diary and 2 live assessment visits


  • Be Head coach of a team
  • Over 21 years of age
  • Hold IRB Level 2 Coaching or equivalent
  • Complete self tests at:, and
  • Complete a season diary

The IRB Level 3 course will support coaches through a full season and will focus on planning, delivery and review.

Below you can download an example of a season-long diary.

Download an example of a season-long diary

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