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PlayFootball Coaching Resources

Coaches can influence a participant’s enjoyment of the game more than anyone else. They teach the skills, foster passion and lead like-minded lovers of football. Whether taking on a local team or kicking-off a career, you can help shape the next generation. Australia’s coaching pathway gives you the opportunity to maximise your potential.

Included below are a vast array of training guides developed by the FFA aimed to improve the quality of coaching that players receive, from the ALDI Miniroos stage right through to the Seniors Performance Phase of player development!

ALDI MiniRoos (Ages 5-9)

Within the ALDI MiniRoos program, emphasis is placed on natural development, or learning by PLAYING football. Fun football exercises rather than coaching are key to helping players build a love for the game.

The downloadable guide below also exposes coaches to the basic rules of the game whilst also providing tips and hints on building a football culture in a completely practical setting.

The ALDI MiniRoos Downloadable Activity Guide can be found HERE

Further ALDI MiniRoos equivalent Skill Sessions can be found HERE

Skill Acquisition Phase (Ages 9-13)

Within the Skill Acquisition Phase, the coach must focus on building a solid foundation of technical skill within players. The downloadable guide focusses on the development of footballs ‘Four Functional Game Skills’. These are:

  • First Touch
  • Striking the Ball
  • Running with the Ball
  • 1v1 Situations

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.

The Skill Acquisition Phase Downloadable Guide can be found HERE

Further Skill Acquisition Phase appropriate details can be found HERE

Game Training Phase (Ages 13-17)

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 Downloadable Guide below 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.

The Game Training Phase Downloadable Guide can be found HERE

Further Game Training Phase appropriate details can be found HERE

Performance Phase (Ages17+)

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 component at this stage in a players football development.

The Performance Phase Downloadable Guide can be found HERE


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Important Info Regarding Coaching Courses

Unfortunately we’ve had reports that individuals have been experiencing issues when attempting to enrol in coaching courses through the PlayFootball website. We have been provided with the below instructions, which will allow you to successfully enrol in your desired course! If you find you’re still encountering issues, feel free to contact CCF at

  1. Sign up for a PlayFootball Account (if you haven’t already done so –this only needs to be done once for the new system)
  2. On the Playfootball website, find a club called “FFA EDUCATION” and register to the package under this club. You’ll receive an invoice with an FFA number on it.
  3. FFA will make your registration ACTIVE.
  4. Once Active, go to QMS and register for a course using the FFA number on the invoice and your email.

Click the tabs below to see all the information about upcoming courses:

MiniRoos Coaching Certificate
Course ID: 21626

Date: Wednesday 18th March, 2020. 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Location: Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence.

To register for this course CLICK HERE


Course ID: 21503

Date: Wednesday 1st April, 2020. 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

Location: Pluim Park.

To register for this course CLICK HERE

Skill Training Certificate
Course ID: 21497

Date: Part A 18th April (8am-3pm), Part B 22nd April (5:30pm-8:30pm), 2020

Location: Pluim Park.

To register for this course CLICK HERE.

Game Training Certificate
Dates TBC
Senior Coaching Certificate
Dates TBC.
FFA C Licence - Youth


Course ID: 21918

Dates: November 2020 – February 2021:

  • 22nd November 2020: 9am-4pm.
  • 29th November 2020: 9am-4pm.
  • 6th December 2020: 9am-4pm.
  • 30 January 2021: 9am-4pm.
  • 31st January 2021: 9am-4pm.
  • 6th February 2021: 9am-4pm.
  • 7th February: 9am-4pm.

Location: Pluim Park.


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