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Richard Bate Named Canada's Technical Director

Posted on 21 September 2005 in Canadian Soccer Association

Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) has named Richard Bate, effective October 14, 2005, as Canada's new Technical Director. Bate's contract will see him lead the country's technical programs until the end of 2009.

“After an exhaustive, extensive global search for the ‘right person' to lead our Association's technical programs, I believe we have the perfect man for the job,” declared CSA President Andy Sharpe. “Dick's experience and dynamism is exactly what we require and I am excited about what the future holds for soccer in Canada.”

Bate, 59, is currently employed with The Football Association (England) as a staff coach and has had over 30 years of high level coaching experience at both the club and national team levels. He has also conducted Education and Coaching Courses worldwide for FIFA, the Asian Football Federation (AFC), UEFA, and the FA's of both England and Malaysia.

From 1992-1995, Bate held the post of Technical Director of the Football Association of Malaysia.

“I’m delighted to be joining the Canadian Soccer Association and am looking forward to working with everyone at the CSA,” said Bate from his home in Herefordshire, UK.

“It seems as if there is a passion and optimism about the future of the game in Canada and there are a series of exciting and significant initiatives taking place in the next few years that could raise the horizons and expectations of soccer in the country.”

Bate's principal responsibility will involve the overall development and direction of the CSA's technical programs. This will include both Player and Coaching Development, the direction and supervision of the National Training Centres and the National Youth Teams, both male and female.

In addition to working closely with all of the Provincial Technical Director's and staff, Bate will also liaise with the National Team head coaches.

“I hope to play a successful and central role in the future of the game alongside the many others involved in the technical developmental areas and anticipate taking up my duties within the next few weeks."

The affable Englishman will get his first look at some of the future faces of Canadian soccer in mid-October when he plans on joining Dale Mitchell's U20 National Team (1987) during its training camp in Manchester, UK.

FIFA – Education and Development Courses Conducted

AFC 5th Coaching School – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Asian Coaching School – Bahrain (AFC)
Senior Coaches Course – Iran (AFC)
Senior Coaches Course Oman
Olympic Solidarity Course – Guyana South America
Olympic Solidarity Course – Zimbabwe
Olympic Solidarity Course – Romania


1973 - UEFA ‘A' Licence
2002 - UEFA Professional Licence
2001 - FA Academy Directors Licence
2000 - FA Youth Coaches Award


Education & Development

1993/94/95/96 - FIFA Course Instructor
1993/94/95/96 - AFC Course Instructor
1992-1995 - Football Association of Malaysia, Technical Director
1980-1985 - Football Association North West Regional FA, Staff Coach


1998-2005 - Head Coach, England (U16, U17, U18, U19, U20)
 2nd place - Meridien Cup, Egypt
 Winners - Lisbon Tournament (U18)
 3rd place - UEFA U17 Championships
 4th place - UEFA U17 Championships
 Winners - Victory Shield
 Winners - Montaigu Tournament, France
 Winners - Nordic Cup

1995-1997 - Coach, Hereford United FC
1992-1995 - Technical Director, FA Malaysia
1993-1994 - U23 Team Coach, Malaysia
1988-1992 - Coach, Leeds United FC
1987 - Manager, Southend United FC
1985-1987 - Chief Coach, Notts County FC
1985 - Assistant Coach, England Youth Team
- Assistant Coach, England U16 National Team
1982-1983 - Coach, England FA XI
1978-1980 - Youth Coach, Sheffield United FC


1999 - Publication of: The Sweeper and Coaching Advanced Soccer Players
1998 onwards - Production of UEFA ‘A' licence course for FA England
1993 - Production of Complete National Coaching Syllabus for FA Malaysia
- National Coaching Scheme – ‘C', ‘B', ‘A' Licence Awards
1984 - Revision of FA England Preliminary Coaching Award
1995 - Production of AFC ‘C' Licence Coaching Manual & ‘B' Licence Coaching Award
1985 - Production of Research Paper for FA England: Football in Schools
1993 - Production of Report Document for FA Malaysia: The Next Football Step – Malaysia
1992 - Production of Report Document for ‘European Championships for FA Malaysia ‘European Championships 1992”
1992-1995 - Production of Coaching Magazine for Malaysian Football ‘Coach'
1993 - Formation of National Coaches Association Malaysia
1993 - Publication of Book: Coaches Handbook
1988 - Presentation of Paper at World Congress on Science & Football, Liverpool Match Analysis
1996 - Contributor to Book ‘Science & Soccer' published February

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