Frequently Asked Questions

Football Australia Coach Development enquiries

Please direct all enquiries to 

If you have not heard from us, please check your spam or junk mail folder.

When reaching out,  please provide your full name, date of birth and FFA number.

If your query is regarding a course, please provide specific details including state and year. 

The above information assists the Technical team in dealing with your enquiry. Failure to provide this information may result in a delayed response time. 

For any Football Australia/AFC C Diploma enquiries, please contact your relevant member federation that you completed your course with.

Advanced Pathway FAQs 

I want to get into coaching but don't know where to start?

In Coach Development, we offer both a community and an advanced coaching pathway that are designed to reflect the needs and demands of the two streams of players: those that play for Participation, and those considered Performance players. 

  • The Community Pathway

Community courses are short, easily-accessible and low-cost as well as being specifically designed for coaches/facilitators who look after Participation players. For more information on the community pathway, click HERE.

  • The Advanced Pathway

The Advanced pathway involves longer and much more intensive courses that are specifically designed for coaches who work with Performance players. For more information on the advanced pathway, click HERE.

Do I have to complete a community course before entering onto the advanced pathway?

It is not a pre-requisite of entry into the advanced pathway to have completed a community course however it is highly recommended. The community courses give you a great introduction to the ins and outs of coaching and it will give you the tools and competencies you need to take that next step into the advanced pathway.

How do I get started?

Visit our 'Find a Course' page HERE to view all our upcoming community and advanced courses. 

Advanced Courses FAQs 

What are the attendance requirements on course?

A coach is required to attend one hundred (100) per cent of a coaching course organised by Football Australia/Member Federations.

How long to does a coach have to complete their course?

If a coach attended the course in full and completed all on-course assignments, they must be deemed competent two years from the course conclusion date.

Due to the challenges presented by Covid, Football Australia will allow any coach who commenced a course from 2018 – 2020 and paid in full, to finish attending that course and/or submit their practical assessment by December 31st, 2023 at no further cost. No further extensions will be provided.

Football Australia and Member Federations will not accept requests to complete the remainder of any course or submit an assessment from coaches who attended a course prior to 2018. These coaches will be required to undertake the course again.

Please note, from January 1st, 2023, coaches are marked on course, must attend the course in full and are not provided deferment opportunities.

If I have completed my advanced course and need to submit my Final Practical Assessment, where do I send this to? 

If you have completed a Football Australia/AFC B or A Diploma, please submit both your session plan and video through to 

Please provide the following information when submitting an assessment:

  • Full Name:
  • FFA Number:
  • Contact Number:
  • Diploma Course: (For example: Football Australia/AFC B Diploma – New South Wales 2022)

Please ensure that your video link works and is publicly accessible.

If you have completed a Football Australia C Diploma, please submit this to your relevant state federation that you completed your course with.

Recognition of Coaching Competency FAQs

An individual may apply for Recognition if they believe that their current football knowledge, practical experience, and/or current qualifications obtained from another Confederation or Football Association are equal to or exceed the minimum requirements of a specific Football Australia/AFC Certification.

To familiarise yourself with the Recognition of Coaching Competency Process please read the AFC Regulations Governing the Recognition of Experience and Current Competence.

All applications for Recognition shall be submitted to Football Australia. 

Please note, that a separate application form must be lodged for each certificate the coach is requesting to be recognised.

Application Steps:

  1. Coaches will need to complete a Form 1 - Recognition of Coaching Competency application.  
  2. Complete the following supplementary application with supporting evidence Football Australia and AFC Recognition of Experience and Current Competence - Formstack.

The application must contain supporting evidence. All documents and reports must be originals or certified copies of originals and be signed and/or initialled where appropriate.

Please read an indicative list of supporting material. Applicants may provide other information which they believe is relevant to their specific application.

Please contact for any queries regarding the above application process. 

If successful, will I receive a Football Australia/AFC certificate.

No. If the application is successful, a coach will receive a letter of recognition only. 

If successful, how long does Football Australia recognise a licence issued by another Confederation/Football Association?

If your application is successful, recognition is awarded for two (2) years. It is expected in the two (2) year period that coaches undertake the next level of Football Australia/AFC accreditation.

As per the AFC Regulations Governing the Recognition of Experience and Current Competence, coaches must reapply for recognition after the two (2) years if they do not compete the next level of Football Australia/AFC accreditation.

My certificate from another Confederation/Football Association is expired. Will Football Australia recognise a certificate which is expired?

No. To complete the above application, you must be in possession of a valid certificate. 

Can I gain CPD points if I hold an overseas licence recognised by Football Australia?

No, coaches will need to follow the revalidation process as set out by the issuing body. Football Australia cannot revalidate a licence issued overseas.

You can have your overseas licence recognised by Football Australia by completing the following steps:

  1. Coaches will need to complete a Form 1 - Recognition of Coaching Competency application.  
  2. Complete the following supplementary application with supporting evidence Football Australia and AFC Recognition of Experience and Current Competence - Formstack.

Continued Professional Development FAQs

Where can I view upcoming CPD opportunities?

For more information on license revalidation, please view our page HERE.

All our upcoming workshops and other advanced course options, they will be shown on our 'Find a Course' page HERE.

How do I view how many CPD points I have already attained?

To view your accreditations and CPD events, please log in via the following link List my Courses & Qualifications (

CPD events will appear on your record as per the screenshot below –

CPD Points On Profile

Additionally, please have a look through the CPD points table that is provided on the license revalidation page.

    How has COVID-19 impacted license revalidation timelines?

    Football Australia in conjunction with the Asian Football Confederation has resolved to extend C/B/A/Pro/GK-Futsal Level 1/2/3 Diplomas which expired in 2020, 2021 and 2022, until 31 December 2023. This will allow more time, more opportunities and new ways to accrue the necessary 100 points to maintain your accreditation. No further extensions will be provided beyond this date.