Coach Resources

Coach development opportunities

Foundation of Football Course

This course primarily targets coaches of players aged 9 to 16 years, however, it is also tailored to beginners and novices, making it suitable for adult teams with limited experience.

The Foundation of Football is a standalone course and not merely a module. The central focus of the course is to empower coaches to establish a safe and enjoyable environment for young players. It offers guidance on conducting engaging training sessions and provides pre-designed training plans for an entire season, alleviating coaches from the task of creating them themselves.

The practical component of the course encompasses various aspects of the game, such as playing formats and fundamental skills like dribbling, passing, receiving, and finishing. However, the primary emphasis is on coaching methods that foster an appropriate learning environment.

The Foundation of Football replaces the former community accreditation - Skill Training Certificate, Game Training Certificate and Senior Coaching Certificate.

Upcoming Foundation of Football courses:

Saturday May 4th, 10am-5pm

Port Adelaide Pirates Soccer Club

Register Here

Female Only Foundations of Football Course

1st June 2024

9am-4pm, ServiceFM stadium (5-aside courts)

Presenter: Louise McColl - Football Australia’s Community Technical Lead

Female Only FOF


Saturday 15th June, 11am-6pm

ServiceFM Stadium, Gepps Cross

Register Here

Saturday 17th August, 11am-6pm

ServiceFM Stadium, Gepps Cross

Register Here

Saturday 5th October, 9am-4pm

ServiceFM Stadium, Gepps Cross

Register Here

Saturday 14th December, 10:30am-5:30pm

ServiceFM Stadium, Gepps Cross

Register Here

Visit the Find a Course page HERE to view all our upcoming coaching courses.

Football Australia, through the Coach Education system, provides opportunities for coaches to acquire knowledge, share experiences and gain accreditation in various coaching pathways.

Please see below for more information on our coaching pathways and should you know which course you would like to undertake.

C Diploma 2024:

The first step on the Advanced Coaching pathway.

The main focus of the required coaching competency on the C Diploma is on the technical aspects of the game, which includes teaching the techniques of passing, receiving, striking the ball and running with the ball, along with defending techniques to regain possession. The required technical knowledge will be supported with an understanding of The Principles of Play and the fundamentals of coaching.

The minimum age to join the ‘C’ Diploma is 18 years old. The ‘C’ Diploma is a minimum of 60 hours in duration and is delivered in face to face contact over a period of several weeks or months.

C Diploma Starting in May 2024:

5 May 2024 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

12 May 2024 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

19 May 2024 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

26 May 2024 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

2 Jun 2024 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

EOI for 2024 C Diplomas

Female Only C Diploma

C Diploma + Foundations of Football

25 May 2024 – 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

1 June 2024 – 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

8 June 2024 – 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

22 June 2024 – 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

6 July 2024 – 9:00 AM -5:00 PM

Adelaide University Sports Fields, Mackinnon Pde, North Adelaide

Cost - $1,050

Register Here

B Diploma 2024:

Block 1 = April 26, 27 and 28

Block 2 = June 28, 29 and 30

Block 3 = October 25, 26 and 27

All 8am-5pm at Service FM Stadium Gepps Cross

FA will sanction and advertise once their review is complete

Register Here

A Diploma:

Next course planned for 2024. Centralized and interstate options will be available.

Expression of Interest Football Australia A Diploma EOI

Foundation of Goalkeeping 

The Foundation of Goalkeeping course is designed as the first accreditation step for coaches, parents or volunteers who work with goalkeepers of any standard across the country.

The training is designed with the player in mind and is based on how goalkeeper sessions should be delivered: safely and effectively and with a sense of fun.

The Foundation of Goalkeeping replaces the former community accreditation – Community Goalkeeper Coaching Certificate.

Register Here

CPD hours for reaccreditation: 

For CPD queries please direct coaches to this website Licence Revalidation | Play Football or

Football Australia’s Learning Platform (Etrainu)

To enroll or find a course, head to the NEW Learning Platform


How do I find my certificate/qualifications?

  1. Follow this link >
  2. Login as a ‘Learner’
  3. Sign In with your existing Play Football Account OR create an account if you don’t already have one.
  4. Select ‘Skills Passport’ to view your qualifications

If your qualification is missing or incorrect, contact

How do I enroll into a coaching course?

  1. Follow this link > to enroll.
  2. Login as a ‘Learner’
  3. Sign In with your existing Play Football Account OR create an account if you don’t already have one.
  4. Select ‘Training Library’ and ‘Coaching’
  5. Select the type of course you want to register for e.g. C Diploma, Foundation of Football
  6. Scroll through the calendar to find a course.
  7. Click on the event in yellow and select ‘Enroll’
  8. Follow the prompts to enroll in the event. *Note: Full payment is required at the time of registration

Football South Australia is committed to providing a clear pathway and effective development opportunities for those involved in the sport as a Coach.

Advanced Coaching Licence Revalidation

The information in this document takes effect from January 1st, 2018 and supersedes all prior documents. The changes have been implemented to ensure FFA meets the criteria mandated in the current AFC Coaching Convention.


FFA Advanced Coaching Licences are valid (accredited) for three consecutive years.

During this three year period, coaches are required to gain 100 points of “Continued Professional Development” to have their licence revalidated for a further three years.

If at the end of the three-year accreditation period the coach has not accumulated the required number of points or attended the next level of Advanced licence, their current Advanced licence will no longer be valid and the coach will then be considered to have no current accreditation.

If a licence is not currently valid, the coach can regain their accredited status by completing 100 points of “Continued Professional Development”. As soon as 100 points have been gained, a coach’s licence will be deemed to be valid. As per the AFC Coaching Convention, if the coach fails to complete 100 points of CPD, within one year of their license expiring, they will lose their accreditation, and be required to complete the course again if they wish to retain their accreditation.


Revalidation Points Table

Coaches are required to gain 100 points over the three-year period that their licence is accredited for. Points can only be gained in the following ways:

Attending an Advanced FFA course | 100 Points

Attending the National Football Curriculum Refresher Course (NFCRC) | 100 Points

Attending an FFA/State coaching conference | 30 Points

Attending an FFA/State Talent ID Course | 30 Points

Attend an FFA/State Coaching Workshop | 10 Points

Coaching Experience (Registered in PlayFootball and actively coaching a team) (per year) | 10 points

For more information of the FFA Licence Revalidation system click here