Football Australia has divided coach education into two streams, the community pathway and the advanced pathway. Coaching courses are regularly conducted in Tasmania by our Coach Development Officer, David Smith.
COMMUNITY COACHING PATHWAY
MINIROOS 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:
Striking the Ball
Running with the Ball
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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 ‘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.
This 3-hour course is practical and encourages the coach to develop sessions that are based on FUN. The emphasis is on natural development, i.e. learning by PLAYING football. This course is for coaches training 5-9 year old goalkeepers.