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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 World Rugby Level 2 Coaching or equivalent
  • Complete self tests at: www.worldrugby.org/rugbyready, www.worldrugby.org/laws and www.worldrugby.org/sandc
  • Complete a season diary

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

Video library
Games and examples of practices
Coach Education
Get help with the planning aspect of your World Rugby Coaching course
Online learning
A series of online learning modules to help you develop your coaching
Technical Content
Understand the Game; understand your coaching