Coach Development

Updated Coach Ed Pathway

Outdoor Football

Grassroots Football Certificate – Discovery Phase

For coaches training 5-9 year old players

The 3 hour course is fully practical and encourages the coach to develop practices that are based on FUN.
The emphasis is on natural development i.e. learning by PLAYING football.
No coaching but organising FUN football exercises is the key to helping players build a love for the game.
Another highlight of the course is that the coaches are exposed to basic rules of the game as well as tips and hints on building a football culture in a completely practical setting.

Skill Training Certificate – Skill Acquisition phase

For coaches training 9-13 year old players

In the Skill Acquisition Phase the coach MUST focus on building a solid foundation of Technical Skill.
The course is conducted over 14 hours, is fully practical and deals with the development of the 4 Functional Game Skills:

  • First Touch
  • Striking the Ball
  • Running with the Ball
  • 1 v 1

These four Core Skills make up 95% of the actions of any outfield player during a game of football which is why it is critical to train these actions repeatedly so that the players have the opportunity to develop their ability to perform them more effectively during a game.

Game Training Certificate – Game Training Phase

For coaches training 13-17 year old players

In the Game Training Phase the coach’s aim will be the development of tactical awareness, perception and decision making through a game related approach to training.
The course is conducted over 14 hours, is fully practical and provides the coach with training sessions designed to help the players apply the Functional Game Skills in a team setting using the FFA endorsed ‘1-4-3-3’ formation.

Senior Coaching Certificate – Performance Phase

For coaches training players 17 and above

In this Phase the coach prepares the team for a competition environment where winning becomes the main aim. Training focuses on solving football problems, based on match analysis. FOOTBALL CONDITIONING also becomes a key part of the course
The course is conducted over 14 hours and assists the coach by providing model sessions on solving football problems.


Futsal Coaching Certificate

For coaches training players 13 years and below

This 3 hour course is aimed at Futsal Coaches who are working with junior players up to the age of 13. During this course you will see be a part of  sessions dealing with the fundamentals of Futsal together with other information on simple formations of play. The course is non-assessed and all practical, allowing the candidate to ge t involved in the actual training sessions should they wish to. The course also encourages involving group discussion aimed at sharing experiences.

Futsal Coaching License

For coaches training players 13 years and above

When undertaking the 8 hour Community Futsal License course one will experience a similar atmosphere to the a Futsal Certificate course. It is totally practical and has the same focus on group discussion to assist learning outcomes. Naturally the course covers the game in greater detail by delving into more tactical aspects of the game and is aimed at coaches working with players above the age of 13. This course has been developed from the FIFA Futsal coaching manual and permission has been sought to use some of the practices from that resource.

Goalkeeper training

Community Goalkeeper Coaching Course

For coaches training goalkeepers of all ages and abilities at a Grassroots and Community Level 

The Community Goalkeeper Coaching Course is a 16 hour course that caters for all levels of playing ability from discovery phase through to seniors and is based on engaging goalkeepers in activities that support their development through a game sense approach.

The course is player focused and based on the delivery of goalkeeper sessions that are Safe, Well Organised, Enjoyable and Reflected. Upon completion of the Community Goalkeeper Coaching Course the participant will be able to: Identify the training requirements of goalkeepers, plan practices appropriate to goalkeepers needs, identify methods to make training inclusive for all participants, implement basic principles of goalkeeper coaching, conduct relevant, safe and engaging goalkeeper sessions, select appropriate methods to enhance performance and adapt the effectiveness of their coaching behaviours through self-reflection. 

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