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UEFA Football Doctor Education Programme (UEFA FDEP)

The UEFA FDEP is the leading education programme for medical professionals working in national associations who want to develop their skills and knowledge to provide better protection for players.

Programme overview

The UEFA Football Doctor Education Programme (FDEP) is a three-part programme teaching doctors from all 55 UEFA member associations the key skills required of the modern football doctor. The programme adopts a blended learning approach, marrying face-to-face workshops where doctors learn and practise techniques with an online e-learning support platform containing instructional videos, tests of participants’ knowledge and process guidelines for doctors to refer to at any time. The first workshop covers various topics related to trauma and emergency treatment of players on the pitch, the second reviews the diagnosis and treatment of football-specific injuries, and the third covers a broad variety of topics related to player protection, including nutrition, psychology and rehabilitation.

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Type of learning
E-learning Face-to-Face
Skills Trained
Soft skills Hard skills
Estimated hours of learning


  • Who Doctors nominated by their football national association and capable of running and teaching the workshops at national level upon completion of the workshop
  • When One workshop per year (workshop 1 held every two years, workshops 2 and 3 are each held every four years)
  • How Long 2.5 days per workshop
  • Where Across Europe
  • Price Covered by UEFA
  • Number of participants 55 (one per national association)
  • Academic certification Continuing professional development (CPD) after workshop 1
  • Language English
  • Applications Applications open in 2020; National associations only


  • Deeper theoretical and practical knowledge of the requirements of the modern football doctor
  • Broader network of medical professionals in national associations
  • CPD credit (subject to successful completion of workshop 1)
  • Accreditation to cascade the programme in their own country (on passing the final exam)


Dr. Merab Vardzukashvili

Dr. Merab Vardzukashvili

39, Georgian
National Team Head Doctor of the Georgian Football Federation

Merab is a sports medicine doctor since over 10 years. He used to work at national and international levels in different clubs and for the national team. He then has decided to be a part of the FDEP family because football doctors in his country needed to have one good educational system model and the UEFA FDEP meets their needs. The FDEP programme gave them the opportunity to speak the same “football medicine” language with other participants.


  • Sports injury treatment
  • Rehab
  • Prevention

Looking for

  • an increased knowledge in taking care of players on the field.
  • an exchange of experience and best practices of foreign colleagues.
  • a better communication with colleagues when traveling out of Georgia.


1. Trauma & medical emergencies Every two years; dates and location TBC for 2020/2021

This workshop takes place every two years. The dates and place for the next edition (season 2020/21) are not confirmed yet.

The workshop will include the following modules:

  • Cardiac Arrest and Choking
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Trauma Emergencies
  • Head injuries
Trauma & medical emergencies
2. Injury diagnosis & treatment Every four years; dates and location TBC for 2022/23

The workshop will include the following modules:

  • Overview of Football Injuries
  • Managing Injuries in Competitive Situations: The Laws of the Game
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Groin Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Overuse Injuries
Injury diagnosis & treatment
3. Protecting the player Every four years; dates and location TBC for 2021/22

The workshop will include the following modules:

  • Injury Prevention
  • Rehabilitation in Football Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Football Nutrition
  • Fatigue and Recovery in Football
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Anti-Doping
  • Match and Tournament Preparation
  • Pre-competition and Pre-Transfer Medical Screening
Protecting the player

What our students and experts say

Zoran Bahtijarević
"The cascaded FDEP course in Croatia was the perfect way to develop football-specific medical knowledge in our country. With the support of UEFA, there can be no doubt that we have enhanced the knowledge of our elite doctors and improved the effectiveness of Croatian football medicine." Zoran Bahtijarević, Head of Medical Staff Croatian Football Federation
José Antonio Rodas
"The course was superb and it helped me broaden my scientific knowledge. I would wholeheartedly recommend this seminar to doctors working in football. Football in Spain is benefitting a lot from the UEFA FDEP, especially in terms of improved care and in the opening up of new areas of research." José Antonio Rodas, Under-17 team doctor Royal Spanish Football Federation


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