John O'Shea is among a batch of 20 coaches accepted on to the FAI's latest UEFA Pro License course, with former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini continuing his progression on Irish shores.

Cudicini joined the back-room staff of the Republic of Ireland Under 21s back in 2015 when Noel King brought him into the fold after the Italian had started his UEFA B licence.

He took over the goalkeeper coaching role from the retired Alan O'Neill.

O'Shea, who won 118 caps with his country, is currently first-team coach with Reading. Last week he was named assistant manager to newly appointed Ireland Under 21 boss Jim Crawford.

O'Shea's former team-mate Andy Keogh is also on the course. The 30-times capped attacker had been coaching in Australia while playing in the A-League for Perth Glory. He also recently lined out in India for North East United FC. 

Shelbourne boss Ian Morris, Tim Clancy and Kevin Doherty of Drogheda United, AIK Stockholm assistant coach Sean O'Shea, Longford Town manager Daire Doyle, and Dundalk's Ruaidhrí Higgins - now part of the Ireland senior set-up under Stephen Kenny - are some of the other names enrolled.

"The UEFA Pro Licence is the highest coaching certification in Europe and is recognised all around the world," said FAI High Performance Director Ruud Dokter.

"It is fantastic to have 20 excellent participants come through the application process to be part of our next group and I would like to congratulate them and wish them the very best of luck.

"The course has been upgraded and improved greatly since the FAI first hosted it in 2009, which is in line with modern-day coaching practices and UEFA guidelines. 

"We are excited to help this group of coaches reach the next level in their respective careers and we believe that Irish football, as a whole, will benefit from the experience and skills that they gain from participating on this course." 

In total, 90 coaches applied for the course with 35 completing the theory exams and interview process.

The course will be delivered with contact blocks over an 18-month period, which will include international club visits, a study visit to UEFA headquarters, and individual club assessments. 

Damien Duff, Robbie Keane, Andy Reid and Keith Andrews were part of the last group to be accepted on to the Pro Licence course run by the FAI.

The 2020/22 UEFA Pro Licence participants

Tim Clancy, Dan Connor, Carlo Cudicini, Kevin Doherty, Daire Doyle, Tom Elmes, Anthony Hayes, Ruaidhrí Higgins, Denis Hyland, Ian Ryan, Graham Kelly, Andy Keogh, Ian Morris, Alan Murphy, John O'Shea, Sean O'Shea, Aidan Price, Matthew Ross, John Russell, James Scott.