Whether you’re an experienced coach looking for more ideas or just thinking about becoming a coach and looking for guidance and assistance, Seaforth FC have something for you.

 

Find out about the latest courses and workshops, helpful resources for you to use,
and align your coaching with our club’s development objectives

What's Available?

Our model for supporting coaches (below) includes courses, workshops, plenty of online resources (on this page) and we can provide one-on-one support through our Coach Development Team.

Training resources to help comply with social distancing

Preparation for Separation

Now more than ever it’s critical to plan your training sessions to ensure that throughout the training session your players always are engaged and maintaining the right social distance.

Click HERE for some helpful hints on how to plan and set up your session.

 

Reboot your skills with these great drills

Click HERE to see some great football training drill resources which are all designed for use now or with minimal or no modifications while social distancing rules apply.

Skill Development Objectives

These skill development objectives describe the football skills, movements and decisions that we would like our players to be able to perform at the conclusion of the different age group bands.

All players develop at different rates so these objectives should just be viewed as a rough timeline for the football development journey and not as something that must be rigidly adhered to.

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Start, stop and change direction with the ball
  • Have acquired basic motor skills development (with the ball) including jumping, hopping, skipping, rolling, bending, twisting and reaching

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  Ability to move the ball with the instep, sole and outside of foot
  • Running with the ball whilst maintaining close control and head up
  • Short passing with the instep
  • Receiving on furthest foot (both left and right)
  • Ability to perform a body feint and scissors with both feet

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  Drag pushes instep, drag push laces, Vs, drag backs
  • Running with the ball comfortably on both feet, maintaining close control with head up with the ability to change direction
  • Short passing with outside of foot (wall passes)
  • Passing over longer distances
  • First touch to face forwards and associated movement
  • Ability to execute double scissors, step overs and Cruyff turns on both feet
  • Shooting with laces
  • Heading
  • Basic decision making skills (2 v 1s – pass vs run with the ball)
  • 1 v 1 defending

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  All above skills but with more fluency and proficiency.
  • Longer ball striking
  • Lofted passing with laces
  • First touch to take the ball away from pressure (instep, outside of foot)
  • Movement to receive
  • Running with the ball comfortably on both feet, maintaining close control with head up at greater speeds and change direction
  • Defensive heading
  • More difficult decision making (3 v 2s – pass vs run with the ball; can I play forwards?)
  • 2 v 2 defending

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  All above skills but with more fluency and proficiency.
  • Introduction to the playing style; playing out from the back, controlled possession, combination play, transition both ways, intelligent pressing
  • Crossing
  • Advanced finishing and shooting
  • Marking space vs marking players and when to switch

During these playing years, the skills that we’d like our players to focus on and aim to have acquired by the end of that period are:

  • Increased ball manipulation.  All above skills but with more fluency and proficiency.
  • Further development of the playing style; playing out from the back, controlled possession, combination play, transition both ways, intelligent pressing
  • Introduction to defending in a block (2 banks of 4)
  • Finishing and shooting
  • Movement off the ball

Links to Useful Coaching Resources

To obtain complete sessions from start-to-end and to gain some confidence to start coaching straight away, click on ‘Model Training Sessions’ in the appropriate age group.  In these there are enough structured sessions and drills to last months plus the basics on how to structure training and how to coach.

Don’t forget the one pager ‘Introduction to Model Training Sessions’ to help you get the best out of those Model Sessions.

For Discovery Phase (ages 6 to 9) also click on the Football for Kids e book – it’s a treasure trove for many more ‘mix and match’ drills as well as more comprehensive information on session structure and how to coach.

Back this up asap with one of the many free courses, investigate the rest of the on line resources and take advantage of our Coach Development Team support and workshops.

MWFA’s Coaches Club

The MWFA has set up an excellent Facebook group to help coaches on the Northern Beaches interact with each other, and share coaching courses, session plans, coaching videos and any other coaching related materials.

Player Development Guide

Coaching in the Discovery Phase

Introduction to Model Training Sessions  and the  Model Training Sessions

Skills Video Library

Program Leader Session Guide  and the  Player Activity Guide

Football for Kids

Tip: To have handy notes available for use at training, print out the sessions/drills that you would like to use in your coaching, mark them up with extra notes (eg. after mentoring, course attendance, networking with other coaches) and keep them in individual plastic sheet protectors which can be simply removed for use on the training field.

You can also find all the playing rules HERE.

MWFA’s Coaches Club

The MWFA has set up an excellent Facebook group to help coaches on the Northern Beaches interact with each other, and share coaching courses, session plans, coaching videos and any other coaching related materials.

Player Development Guide

Skill Acquisition Phase Foundations

Introduction to Model Training Sessions  and the  Model Training Sessions

Skill Acquisition Manual  and the  Skill Training Course Handbook

Tip: To have handy notes available for use at training, print out the sessions/drills that you would like to use in your coaching, mark them up with extra notes (eg. after mentoring, course attendance, networking with other coaches) and keep them in individual plastic sheet protectors which can be simply removed for use on the training field.

You can also find all the playing rules HERE.

MWFA’s Coaches Club

The MWFA has set up an excellent Facebook group to help coaches on the Northern Beaches interact with each other, and share coaching courses, session plans, coaching videos and any other coaching related materials.

Player Development Guide

Game Training Phase Objectives

Introduction to Model Training Sessions  and the  Model Training Sessions

Game Training Course Handbook

Tip: To have handy notes available for use at training, print out the sessions/drills that you would like to use in your coaching, mark them up with extra notes (eg. after mentoring, course attendance, networking with other coaches) and keep them in individual plastic sheet protectors which can be simply removed for use on the training field.

https://www.tec4tekkers.com/

Gwynne Berry, professional coach, formerly a Technical Coach at West Ham and Crystal Palace Academies and also a previous coach of Seaforth Academy, has produced an on line program of technical video’s useful to both coaches and players directly.


http://www.mwfa.com.au/game-training-videos/

MWFA coaching resources.  This links to Game Training videos, but check out many other resources for all ages under the ‘Coaching’ tab at the top of the page.


https://www.thecoachingmanual.com/

A useful website recommended by our Premier League coaches.


https://au-football.s2s.net/home/

The FFA’s Online Coaching and Training Platform S2S

Coach Development Team

Seaforth FC has a Coach Development Team staffed by FFA/AFC accredited coaches and experienced Seaforth FC coaches.

Their aim is to enhance all club coaches’ confidence and enjoyment of coaching and their ability to develop their players.

Find out all about our Coach Development Team HERE.

Courses & Workshops

Find out all about upcoming courses and workshops HERE.

Our "Development Statement"

Seaforth F.C. understands that players develop at different rates and football development can rank anywhere from 1 to 100 on a young player’s priority list.  We want to provide an environment for everyone to improve and enjoy themselves at the same time regardless of age or division.

In terms of football specific goals, our club aims to produce technically proficient, intelligent footballers who’s footballing ability, intelligence and game awareness will be complimented by physical attributes such as strength, speed and size.  We want to create players capable of winning matches with individual brilliance, all the while being able to play in a system that adheres to the Seaforth FC Playing Style Statement.

We also place a high value on the importance of developing the character of the person as well as their playing skills.  We want our coaches to teach and promote respect on and off the pitch towards team-mates, opposition players, referees, coaches, parents, club officials and towards the club as a whole.  This character also ensures players have a strong sense of the meaning of team work as well as discipline and hard work on and off the field.

Our "Playing Style Statement"

Our club’s playing style that we ask all of our coaches from W10/U10 and up to integrate into their coaching is:

  • A proactive brand of football, based on effective possession with the cutting edge provided by creative individuals
  • Defensively the key components are quick transition and intelligent collective pressing
  • A team spirit underpinned by a strong ‘team mentality’