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.
1. Find a Club
The first step is to find a club that you want to coach at and see what openings they have available. Generally, most people become a coach after being involved with a club in some way (parent, player, volunteer, etc.) but if not, use our Find a Club tool to find a club near you.
Becoming a MiniRoos game leader is the best way to introduce yourself to coaching. If you’re up for more of a challenge, you can enter grassroots community coaching as a MiniRoos Game Leader (3-9), MiniRoos/Skill Acquisition Phase Coach (9-12), or Game Training Phase Coach (13-16).
2. Register to Play Football
Once you have found a club you can now register through Play Football. All registrations are now online to ease the workload on club registrars throughout the busy pre-season period. Please make sure all your information is correct so your club can contact you throughout the year.
All coaches and managers over the age of 18 must hold a valid blue card. In order to register via Play Football, you will need to provide your blue card details and a headshot. Coaches will then be provided with a Football Queensland lanyard to identify them as a registered team official in line with the No Bench, No Badge, No Ref Room policy.
3. Register to a Coaching Course
The fastest way to up skill as a coach is to attend one of the many coaching courses around Queensland.
Please follow these three simple steps to register for a coaching course:
- Create an account on Play Football. Click here for instructions.
- Once you have created your Play Football account, you will need an FA number to register for a course. Click here to register to the FA Education QMS, where you will receive your FA Number in the confirmation email sent to you.
- Find a course near you and register here.
MiniRoos Game Leader – Discovery phase (FREE):
- For coaches training 3-9 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.
NB: This course has the same outcomes and content as the old Grassroots Football Certificate, it has simply been renamed to reflect the association with MiniRoos.
Skill Training Course – Skill Acquisition Phase ($80):
- For coaches training 9-12 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
Game Training Course – Game Training Phase ($80):
- 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.