FIGC TECHNICAL CENTRE: COVERCIANO
The Federal Technical Centre of Coverciano is situated in the foothills of Fiesole and has been associated with football for almost 60 years. A form of football meaning quality, education and professionalism. It was the first example of a facility owned by a Football Federation and it was inaugurated on 6 November 1958 and named after ‘Luigi Ridolfi’, the FIGC Vice-President, who made construction possible.
The Federal Technical Centre of Coverciano hosts: the Football Museum, the offices of the Technical Sector, the headquarters of the A.I.A.C. (Italian Football Coaches’ Association), the headquarters of the Lega Nazionale Dilettanti’s Regional Committee, the office of C.R.A. (Referees’ Regional Committee) and the office of A.I.A. Florence’s area (Italian Referees’ Association). Coverciano garnered the highest reputation and worldwide fame thanks to its two main roles as the base for the Italian National Teams’ training camps and the headquarters for the FIGC’s Technical Sector.
As the headquarters of the Technical Sector, the Centres is also known as the ‘University of Football’ as it’s a place to truly learn about football in detail. Here, there are courses of the highest level to develop the skills of professionals who work in football.
Sporting Facilities: Today, Covericano has four full-size football pitches, one with a covered stand and one with an uncovered stand. There is a running track that has been refurbished with artificial turf by the main pitch, there is a small-size pitch, a gym, two tennis pitches with artificial turf, a swimming pool and 11 changing rooms located near the various pitches.
Of the five football pitches, three are made of natural grass. The most recent works were on pitch 1 named after Fabio Bresci and pitch 5 in order to convert them to artificial grass to allow for more frequent use, even during the colder months. The main pitch 3 is named after Vittorio Pozzo and is at the heart of the Centre. It’s mostly used by the Men’s National Team and there is constant activity going on to keep it in pristine condition.
Hotel facilities and the educational areas. Coverciano contains a hotel with 54 rooms and a restaurant with a capacity of 150 that is capable of meeting the needs of any team staying at the Centre. The Centre also features an auditorium with various lecture theatres and the most modern technological equipment that can be used for teaching or meetings. Among the educational facilities, the main lecture theatre is named in honour of Giovanni Ferrari and it can seat 148 and it’s the symbol of the Technical Sector’s teaching programmes. Other educational facilities include the Mario Valitutti at the Football Museum (150 spaces), the Renzo Righetti room, and the Azeglio Vicini teaching space at the hotel with 46 places. The Technical Sector’s library contains a large number of books related to football and sports that can be consulted while all of the theses wrote by those graduating from the Coaching School are also preserved.
The Medical Section. Recently renovated, it consists of a physiotherapy room, two clinics, a directors’ office, an administrative office and an archive.
The Football Museum. Opened in 2000 thanks to an initiative between the FIGC and the Fondazione Museo del Calcio, it’s become a point of reference for football culture and history. The museum is in possession of a large number of historic items and it’s very active in its work to transmit sporting memories to the next generations. The museum also contains the Italian Football Hall of Fame which is dedicated to items linked to the greatest legends of Italian football who have been nominated by the FIGC since 2011 to take their places inside this special club.
60 years on from its inauguration, the Federal Technical Centre at Coverciano is continuing to be renovated. Under the auditorium, three new classrooms will shortly be built to enhance what is on offer at the Centre along with two new changing rooms and a new gym for research by the Biomechanics Laboratory of the Technical Sector.