Advanced Courses and Pathway

Football Australia, through the Coach Education system, provides opportunities for coaches to acquire knowledge, share experiences and gain accreditation in various coaching pathways. This is primarily in outdoor football at the levels of C, B, A and Pro Diploma but also in pathways specific to both Goalkeeping and Futsal. 

Please see below for more information on our coaching pathways and should you know which course you would like to undertake, you can head to our 'Find a Course' page HERE which lists all our upcoming coaching courses across the country. 

Football Coaching Courses

Football Australia/AFC C Diploma:
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. Participants will be introduced to the concept of teaching behaviour in different types of practice methods as part of the education program, but also to provide insight into the ‘B’ Diploma. The minimum age to join the 'C' Diploma is 18 years old. The ‘C’ Diploma 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.

Football Australia/AFC B Diploma:
The focus of the required coaching competency on the B Diploma is on the technical - tactical aspect of teaching players how to use the techniques in a small sided game, to score and how to prevent goals when the opponents have the ball. How players do that Is referred to as ‘playing the game’, which is when players in attack combine in small groups to keep possession and get closer to the opponent’s goal, and how they prevent opponent’s from doing that when they are defending. This may also be described as teaching players how to apply The Principles of Play, including transitioning from attack to defence and vice versa, the tactical relationship between the players and the lines and playing in zones, based on tactical understanding. Participants will be exposed to other forms of practice, to involve a squad of players to provide insight into the A Diploma. 

AFC Coaching Convention requires a minimum of one hundred and twenty (120) hours of learning. Delivered online and face-to-face over a period of twelve months.

To register for the B Diploma, a coach must be:

  • In possession of a valid Football Australia/AFC C Diploma (or international equivalent) and have held the licence for a minimum twelve (12) months.
  • Minimum eighteen (18) years of age.

Football Australia/AFC A Diploma:
The focus of the coaching competency on the A Diploma is on the collective tactical aspect of teaching players how to apply the Principles of Play. This is usually referred to as ‘systems of play’ and / or a 'style of play’ and involves teaching players in ’the big picture’. There is more emphasis on analysing effective ways of attacking and defending and teaching player behaviours in practices involving the whole squad and in games ranging from 9v9 to 11v11. 

AFC Coaching Convention requires a minimum of one hundred and eighty (180) hours of learning. Delivered online and face-to-face over a period of twelve months.

To register for the A Diploma, a coach must be:

  • In possession of a valid Football Australia/AFC B Diploma (or international equivalent) and have held the licence for a minimum twelve (12) months.
  • Minimum eighteen (18) years of age.

Football Australia/AFC Professional Diploma:
Twenty-day course involving on significant course, distance learning and post course tasks. The course revolves around four areas: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Culture, & The Business of Football

The course has a heavy focus on leadership, both on and off the field, and dealing with the pressures of being a professional coach. The course has been designed based on the feedback and experiences of professional coaches to better prepare them to handle the complexities of the role.  

AFC Coaching Convention requires a minimum of three hundred and sixty (360) hours of learning. Delivered online and face-to-face over a period of twelve months.

To register for the Pro Diploma, a coach must be:

  • In possession of a valid Football Australia/AFC A Diploma (or international equivalent) and have held the licence for a minimum twelve (12) months.
  • Minimum eighteen (18) years of age.

Please note, for all Football Australia Courses, each component of a course must be completed, in full, to qualify for validation.

Goalkeeping Coaching Courses

Football Australia Foundation of Goalkeeping:

Formerly known as Goalkeeping C Diploma and Goalkeeping Level 1.

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

The Foundation of Goalkeepingmaximises learning through practical coaching opportunities and interactive presentations that build goalkeeping technical knowledge. The course provides strategies for implementing Football Australia’s goalkeeper vision within a wide variety of football environments. This includes instruction on how to plan and adapt practices for between one (1) and six (6) goalkeepers of varying ages and ability levels.

Football Australia/AFC Goalkeeping B Diploma:
6 day course involved pre, during (group presentations) and post course tasks. The course focuses on introducing key processes around how to analyse football, plan/prepare training sessions, conduct training and evaluate. These processes focus on the coaches understanding of, and ability to bring to life Football Australia's Vision and Philosophy, therefore covering the Football Coaching Process and National Curriculum in detail in regard to the goalkeeper.

These processes focus on the coaches understanding of Perception/Decision Making and Execution in conducting Skill acquisition and Game training practices involving the goalkeeper. Game sense approach involving coaches working with 2 goalkeepers and 6 players. Distribution and goalkeeper performance analysis is conducted throughout the course. Physical preparation and Psychological development and match competencies addressed. Mock practice on course and instructor led model sessions.

It is an entry requirement of the Football Australia/AFC Goalkeeping B Diploma to possess a valid Football Australia Foundation of Goalkeeping Diploma and have held this diploma for a minimum of six (6) months and Football Australia/AFC C Diploma.

Football Australia/AFC Goalkeeping A Diploma:
6 day course (Two 3 day modules) involving on significant course, distance learning and post course tasks. The course revolves around four areas: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Culture

The course has a heavy focus on leadership as Head of goalkeeping, both on and off the field., Detailed analysis, profiling goalkeepers, periodisation, fitness testing, set plays and physical and mental preparation of the goalkeeper in preparation of being a professional goalkeeper coach. Use of modern technology is utilised with expert facillators instructing on course. The course has been designed based on the UEFA GK  A Licence .  

It is an entry requirement of the Football Australia/AFC Goalkeeping A Diploma to possess a valid Football Australia/AFC Goalkeeping B Diploma and Football Australia/AFC B Diploma.

Futsal Coaching Courses

AFC Futsal Level 1:
6 day course being the entry point for Futsal coaches. The course has a focus on the development of players individual technique and tactics, an introduction to dualities and transition.  The AFC coaching process and methodology are introduced, with both instructor and participant led practical sessions. Participants are required to successfully demonstrate an understanding of the coaching process and methodology in an on course practical, as well as a dissertation.

AFC Futsal Level 2:
The AFC Futsal level 2 course is a 7 day course with a focus on dualities and groups of 3 within the game. The level 2 course expands on concepts of training the individual players role within group situations,  transitional play, Goal Keeper techniques, set plays and an understanding of the physiological aspects of players and the effects of training. Participants are required to demonstrate understanding through two practicals.