Why Coach Development?
Better Coaches = Better Player Experience
Better Player Experience = Better Club Retention
We believe that coaches have a direct impact on quality of the football experiences of all players. Not only for skill and performance development but more importantly, to foster a lifelong love and engagement with the game for all participants.
At MFA we offer the below community courses as well as other sporadic coach development opportunities throughout the year.
MiniRoos Certificate (U6 – U8) – FREE
A 3 hour practical course for coaches of players in the Discovery Phase encouraging the coach to develop practices that are based on FUN; no coaching but organising FUN football exercises to help players build a love for the game.
- FEMALE COURSE – Tuesday 5th September, 6pm – 8:30pm, Lynwood Park – REGISTER HERE
- Expression of Interest Form
Skill Training Certificate (U9 – U12) – FREE FOR ALL MFA MEMBERS ($40 for external members)
A 10-14 hour practical course for coaches of players in the Skill Acquisition Phase (SAP). In this phase the coach MUST focus on building a solid foundation of the 4 Core Skills: First Touch, Striking the Ball, Running with the Ball, 1 v 1.
Macarthur FA introduced online modules in 2022 to reduce the face-to-face time it takes to complete the course. The course can now be completed over 1 or 2 practical face-to-face days, however it is a requirement that participants complete the online module to receive their Skill Training Certificate. Please register to both events.
- (Online Module) Tuesday 26th September, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Microsoft Teams Webinar, REGISTER HERE
- (Practical Module) Thursday 28th September, 5:45pm – 9pm, Lynwood Park, REGISTER HERE
- Expression of Interest Form
Game Training Certificate (U13 – U17) – FREE FOR ALL MFA MEMBERS ($40 for external members)
A 10-14 hour practical course for coaches of players in the Game Training Phase, with an emphasis on the development of tactical awareness, perception and decision making through a game relate approach to training.
Macarthur FA introduced online modules in 2022 to reduce the face-to-face time it takes to complete the course. The course can now be completed over 1 or 2 practical face-to-face days, however it is a requirement that participants complete the online module to receive their Game Training Certificate.
Senior Certificates – (U17 +)
A 10-14 hour practical course for coaching of senior teams in the Performance Phase. Training focuses on solving football problems, based on match analysis.
Please note that this course is delivered in conjunction with the Game Training Certificate as it covers 11-a-side football aspects.
- Please see Game Training Certificate Dates.
Community Goalkeeping Course
For coaches training goalkeepers of all ages and abilities at a Grassroots and Community Level
The Community Goalkeeper Coaching Course is a 10-12 hour course that caters for all levels of playing ability from discovery phase through to seniors and is based on engaging goalkeepers in activities that support their development through a game sense approach.
Football Australia Advanced ‘C’ Licence
For coaches looking to take the next step in their journey, whether they are coaching at a grassroots club or NPL level.
The main focus of the required coaching competency on the ‘C’ Licence 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 ‘C’ Licence is a minimum of 60 hours in duration and may be delivered in a variety of ways to suit local conditions, with a combination of on-line and or face to face contact over a period of several weeks or months.
Visit our website regularly for updates regarding course dates in the Macarthur Football Association. To find courses being delivered across NSW and Australia (including Advanced courses) visit:
For more information on Community Coaching Courses and the Community Coaching Pathway please visit the website below:
For clubs wishing to host a Community Coaching Course at their home ground please visit the “Host a Community Coaching Course” tab or email the MFA Community Football Manager at email@example.com