Jim Criner and the AFCTA Holding Coaching Clinics Throughout Europe

This weekend,  Jim Criner and his American Football Coaching and Teaching Academy (AFCTA) coaches have landed in Vienna, Austria for two coaching clinics, Saturday and Sunday, continuing their journey which started in Holland and France a couple of weeks ago.

The topics of this weekend’s level 2 and 3 clinics on offense will include

  • Offensive line zone blocking and run/pass fundamentals, including slide and turnback protection
  • Complete read option scheme including RPOs, and play action
  • Timing and rhythm in the passing game
  • Teaching QBs/Receivers to read coverages and make adjustments in multiple route pass concepts.


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The weekend’s speakers include, in addition to coach Criner, two-time French championship head coach Larry Legault (head coach of the Geneva Seahawks) as well as Wojciech Andrzeczak and Voyt Andrzejczak of Poland.

The tour winds up next weekend, November 20-21 in Poznan, Poland where Swarco Raiders and Austrian national team head coach Shuan Fatah will join Criner and Wojciech Andzeczak.

The turnouts in Holland and France were excellent according to Criner with 50 coaches attending each session. Speakers offering their knowledge included Eric Daniels (SMU), Lee Rowland (Swarco Raiders), Steeve Grusent (Amiens), as well as Larry Legault and Wojciech Andrzejczak.

About the AFCTA

The American Football Coaching and Teaching Academy  (AFCTA) has been conducting coaching clinics, along with player camps for the past three years in Europe. Jim Criner, (along with co-founders Lynn Stiles and Philippe Garden), veteran college (Boise State) and NFL Europe (Scottish Claymores) head coach, heads up the organization and as Executive Director arranged five clinics in Europe in 2014 including stops in the Czech Republic, Norway and France. This year has seen Criner & Co. trekking to Spain, Denmark and Sweden before arriving in Holland and Germany this month.

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Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.