Coach Education

Coach Education is a key component in the Northern Suburbs Football development framework and the foundation for improving player experience. Northern Suburbs Football firmly believes that coaches play a pivotal role in player experience and through Coach Education, our aim is to ensure all participants have an enjoyable, safe and engaging experience, regardless of their ability, age or gender.

Enquiries

Community coaching courses are the foundation of knowledge for any coach, parent or interested other involved in football. Community courses are delivered by Northern Suburbs Football Community course presenters and are short in duration, locally available and free of cost to coaches associated with NSFA clubs. The four community coaching courses offered by NSFA relate to the age group and development phase a coach will be involved in.

All coach education presented to NSFA registered coaches is FREE (excluding advanced coaching courses). The only requirement for you to receive these courses for free is that you be a registered coach on PlayFootball with an NSFA member club.

If you do not wish to register in PlayFootball, or if you are an out of association coach, each course fee is $90.00. Please email nick.marr@nsfa.asn.au to advise when you register to attend the course.

Registration is compulsory for all courses. If you are unable to attend any course you registered to attend please notify nick.marr@nsfa.asn.au.

Please note:  If you register to attend as a coach with an NSFA club and fail to attend, your club will be invoiced in the sum of $90.00.

Education Opportunities

Community Coaching Courses

If you are having any difficulties registering please email nick.marr@nsfa.asn.au.

The NSFA Youth Coach Development Program is a coach education program for young adults, 15 – 22 years of age.

This program is exclusive to NSFA members, with the aim to upskill young football lovers from the region. Participants are required to attend all sessions of the program and will gain their FFA Skill Training Certificate as a result.

For more information on the FFA Skill Training Certificate, please see the below section on this page.

If you have any questions about our next YCDP, please email Nick Marr, nick.marr@nsfa.asn.au

Course Overiew

The NSFA MiniRoos Certificate is FREE OF COST to all participants.

We strongly encourage all parents, coaches, managers and game leaders to attend this introductory course, which runs for 2-3 hours.

The MiniRoos Certificate is designed for coaches/managers/volunteers involved with age groups Under 6 – Under 11. The course is focussed on creating an ENGAGING, ENJOYABLE and ORGANISED environment, to guide our children to fall in love with football.

Participants will learn:

  • How to set up fun games and activities
  • How to deliver games and activities
  • How to organise players / teams
  • How to modify activites to increase player enjoyment and engagement
  • How to approach game day
  • The match day rules of the various MiniRoos age groups

Pre-Season Course

All participants must complete an Introduction to Coaching Workshop prior to attending the course.

Part 1 – Saturday 27th June, 8am to 2pm – North Turramurra Recreation Area

Part 2 – Monday 29th June, 6:30pm to 9pm – Primula Oval, Lindfield

Click here to register!

Course Overview

The NSFA Skill Training Certificate is FREE OF COST to members of the NSFA (Players, volunteers, coaches).

This course is designed to upskill coaches of age groups Under 9 – Under 13.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Session Organisation
  • Session Set up
  • Session Delivery
  • Session planning
  • Game Day organisation
  • Development of coaching skills
  • Understanding of the Under 9-13 Skill Acquisition Phase

Coaches will develop the ability to deliver various components within a training session; Skill Introduction, Skill Training, Skill Game. Candidates will also develop a sound understanding of the Four Core skills.

If you are not a member of the NSFA, this course will cost $90.00. You will be invoice prior to the course commencing.

Pre-Season Course

All participants must complete an Introduction to Coaching Workshop prior to attending the course.

Part 1 – Sun 28th June, 9am to 3pm – North Turramurra Recreation Area

Part 2 – Tuesday 30th June, 6:30pm to 9pm – Queen Elizabeth Oval, Lindfield

Click here to register!

Course Overview

The NSFA Game Training Certificate is FREE OF COST to members of the NSFA (Players, volunteers, coaches).

This course is designed to upskill coaches of age groups Under 14+

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Session Organisation
  • Session Set up
  • Session Delivery
  • Session planning
  • Game Day organisation
  • Development of coaching skills

Coaches will develop the ability to deliver various components within a training session; Passing Practice, Positioning Game, Game Training and Training Game.

If you are not a member of the NSFA, this course will cost $90.00. You will be invoice prior to the course commencing.

We do not run Senior Certificate Courses within the NSFA, if you are interested in attending a course follow the link to find a course nearby – https://www.playfootball.com.au/coach/find-a-course

Workshops/Expos

Choose ONE of the dates below, each workshop covers the same content.

Workshop #1

Wednesday 24th June, 6:30pm to 8pm – Online via Zoom

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Workshop #2

Thursday 25th June, 6:30pm to 8pm – Online via Zoom

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The NSFA’s Free Introduction to Coaching Online Workshop is designed to up skill coaches by providing them with valuable coaching knowledge and practical behaviours to implement when coaching grassroots football players.

The Online workshop covers the following areas:

  • Why we coach
  • Characteristics of a great coach
  • Managing your players
  • Training Environment
  • Session Delivery
  • Coaching Behaviours
  • Match Day Approach

The content is delivered in an interactive format with participants engaging in group discussions and scenario based questions.

Post Workshop, all participants will be provided with valuable resources to assist them along their coaching journey.

ALL Skill Training & Game Training Course Participants MUST attend this online workshop prior to their course.

NSFA will release details for the next workshop once confirmed.

NSFA will release details for the next Community Coaching Expos once confirmed.

Goalkeeper Coaching Courses

NSFA does not currently have a course scheduled. Please refer to playfootball.com.au for more information

NSFA does not currently have a course scheduled. Please refer to playfootball.com.au for more information

FAQs

NSFA Community Coaching course are held primarily are the beginning of the season between February – April. Courses also take place towards the end of the season.

The Community Coaching course stream has FOUR courses on offer, which are all age appropriate based on the development phase you are coaching. Please see below;

Age Groups Player Development Phase Coaching course
Under 6 – 8 Discovery Phase ALDI MiniRoos Certificate
Under 9 – 13 Skill Training Phase Skill Training Certificate
Under 14 – 17 Game Training Phase Game Training Certificate
Under 17+ Performance Phase Senior Certificate

If you have 2-3 years coaching experience and wish to further your coaching knowledge you should consider attending an AFC/FFA C-licence course. Please head to myfootballclub.com.au for more information and where to find the next course information.

Some age group divisions have a minimum accreditation level for coaches, please see details below. However Northern Suburbs Football encourage all coaches, managers and parents to attend their age appropriate course.

Under  9 -13 Division 1 coaches must hold a current Skill Training Certificate.

Diamond League – All Diamond League coaches must hold a current Skill Training Certificate and/or Game Training Certificate

Under 14 – 17 Super League (Division 1) coaches must hold a current Game Training Certificate

Under 18 – All Age Division 1 coaches must hold a current Senior Certificate

Northern Suburbs Football launched the ‘Inspire’ coaching program to support community coaches in 2017. Inspire is an online platform to provide support, discussion, resources and session plans to community coaches within the Northern Suburbs Football Association.

Head over to Inspire Coaching to find out more information – LINK THIS – https://goo.gl/forms/jGodLAs5GWBhh6r53

Northern Suburbs Football offer coach mentoring opportunities to community coaches whereby FFA qualified coach educators will observe your session, providing assistance, tips and support in your club environment. Please contact Nick Marr to arrange this – nick.marr@nsfa.asn.au

Under 6 – 9 – Size 3 football

Under 10 – 13 – Size 4 football

Under 14+ – Size 5 football

As part of the Northern Suburbs Football coaching support program ‘Inspire’ you can receive weekly sessions to deliver for your community team. All sessions are tailored to community coaching, offering many different activities and levels of progression depending on your players ability. Sign up as a member of the Inspire program for further information – LINK HERE – https://goo.gl/forms/jGodLAs5GWBhh6r53

Football Federation Australia’s National Curriculum provides community coaches with a season worth of session plans for all development phases. To view sessions please visit www.ffacoachingresource.com.au

As part of Northern Suburbs Football coach support program ‘Inspire’ coaches can sign up to receive weekly session plans, videos and coach tips and hints to support them in their club environment. Furthermore, NSFA has produced a coaching tool for age groups Under 6-8 and Under 9-13 to support coaches. Please head to the ‘Coaching Resources’ page to view and download your copy today.

A part from begin organised, having a positive attitude and enjoying every session with enthusiasm to match your players, you will require the following equipment to deliver a session that is enjoyable for the players and yourself.

Cones – 3 sets of 10 cones, of different colours

Bibs – 2 sets of different colour bibs. Depending on your age group have enough bibs to form teams

Balls – In a perfect world every player has a ball! If this cannot be achieved aim to have one ball per two players.

Wristwatch – Organisation and time management are key

Luxury items:

Poles – To use as goals on grass fields

Pop-up goals

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