Coach’s Role

Become a coach Do you love football? Do you want to inspire the next generation or be the next Ange Postecoglou?


A Glen Eira FC coach is responsible for developing the players’ skills and knowledge of the game while ensuring the maximum enjoyment of all participants.


All Glen Eira FC coaches are required to:

  1. Submit their Working With Childrens Check
  2. Register as a Coach on PlayFootball.  There is no cost.
  3. Complete the free online Laws of the Game course.
  4. Hold, or be undertaking, the FV recommended coaching certifications for the level/age group.  See Coach Education


The primary benefit is the club culture. Glen Eira offers top-level coaches an environment free of the usual politics.

  • you get free coaching courses
  • you get all training equipment provided (training balls, bibs, cones, portable goals)
  • you get all match equipment provided (match ball, whistle, goals, first aid kit, equipment bag)
  • you get to be a hero to your team —  boosted self-esteem
  • you get coach apparel such as a jacket and a polo to keep


  • Coaches are expected to turn up at matches early and lead their team through a warm-up session.
  • The coach must bring to the attention of the Team Manager any concerns about the venue. Eg. substandard pitch or facilitates. Extreme weather.
  • The coach must bring to the attention of the Team Manager any concerns about any of the people at the venue.  Eg. parents/players/team officials (either team), match officials, spectators)
  • The coach must decide on who plays in matches, when they play and where they play.
  • The coach must decide on the on field strategy, the game plan.

Training Sessions

  • Coach must arrive early and have the equipment set up well before training start time.
  • Coach has to design and deliver a session plan.
  • Must run the prescribed number of sessions for the level/age group.
    • Kangas-level: 2 – 3 sessions per week
    • Wallabies level: 1 – 2 sessions per week
    • Joeys-level: 1 session per week

Player Welfare

The club has a Duty of Care to look after its members. Coaches must report signs of any of the following situations to the club promptly. Just report the facts and don’t get involved as these things can get quite serious, quite fast.

  • Depression / Mental Illness.
    Such as kid not engaging socially with the others.
  • Any indications of verbal, physical or sexual abuse.

Matchday Guidelines

From The Football Coaching Process by Kelly Cross

Coaches should avoid the following behaviours:

  • Avoid shouting instructions to your players (let them play, while you observe)
  • Avoid criticising your players on the field
  • Avoid abusing opposing players and staff
  • Avoid complaining about decisions and/or berating Match Officials
  • Avoid reacting to every incident on the field, whether positive or negative
  • Avoid knee-jerk substitutions

Coaches should aim to demonstrate the following behaviours

  • Appear calm and composed
  • Observe what is actually happening in the game, and record your observations
  • Focus on individual performances and progress
  • Give praise to good football, whether by your team or by the opposition
  • Show respect and appreciation to Match Officials, and insist on the same from your players
  • When a refereeing decision goes against you, ‘focus on what you can control’, ‘leave the past behind’ and teach players to do the same (eg, prepare for the resulting set play)
  • Show patience and persistence; if a player is having difficulty, help him to deal with the situation, rather than substituting him immediately

Winning is the purpose of football and it is an important part of player development; however, the Youth Coach must remember that their role is not to get their team to win the Championship, but to develop individual players who will be successful with in the playing style when they reach the performance phase (winning titles is an incidental bonus). So on match day the youth coach avoids emotional behaviour with constant reaction to every incident in the game. Rather than shout instructions they observe what the players do and listens to their communication. This will help them gain an accurate indication of the players’ progress and the success of their training program.


Letter from a Volunteer Coach

Sourced from Brian Gotta, CoachDeck LLC. Feb 2010

Today I heard a comment made about me behind my back. I started to turn around and look, but then decided better of it and kept my eyes on the field. My wife hears things like this more often than I do, because many of you don’t know who she is. She tells me what you say. I have received angry emails, full of “suggestions” about who should be playing where and how I… lost that day’s game for the kids. I thought I’d write an open letter to all of you parents, even though I might never send it. I’ll start it this way: “I am a volunteer.”

I’m the one who answered the call when the league said they didn’t have enough coaches. I understand that you were too busy. I have some news for you. I’m not retired. I’m busy too. I have other children and a job, just like you do. Not only do I not get paid to do this – it costs me money. I see you walk up to the game 15 minutes after it started, still dressed for work. Do you know I’ve already been here over an hour? Imagine if you had to leave work early nearly every day. I’ve never seen you at a practice. I’m sure you’re plugging away at the office. But I’m out here, on the field, trying my best to teach these children how to play a sport they love, while my bank account suffers.

I know. I make mistakes. In fact, maybe I’m not even that great of a coach. But I treat the kids fairly and with respect. I am pretty sure they like coming to my practices and games, and without me or someone like me, there’d be no team for them to play on. I’m part of this community too and it’s no picnic being out here on this stage like this. It’s a lot easier back there with the other parents where no one is second-guessing you.

And I also know you think I give my son or daughter unfair advantages. I try not to. In fact, have you ever considered that maybe I’m harder on him than on the others? I’m sure he hears plenty of criticism at school from classmates, who hear it from you at home, about what a lame coach I am. And if, even unconsciously, my kids are getting a slight advantage because I know them better and trust their abilities, is that the worst thing in the world, considering the sacrifice I’m making? Trust me, I want to win too. And if your son or daughter could guarantee we’d do that, I’d give them the chance.

After this game is over, I’ll be the last one to leave. I have to break down the field, put away all the equipment and make sure everyone has had a parent arrive to pick them up. There have been evenings when my son and I waited with a player until after dark before someone came to get them. Many nights I’m sure you’ve already had dinner and are relaxing on the couch by the time I finally kick the mud off my shoes and climb into my car, which hasn’t been washed or vacuumed for weeks. Why bother cleaning it during the season? Do you know how nice it would be if, just once, after a game one of you offered to carry the heavy gear bag to my car or help straighten up the field?

If I sound angry, I’m not. I do this because I love it and I love being around the kids. There are plenty of rewards and I remind myself that while you’re at the office working, your kid is saying something that makes us all laugh or brings a tear to my eye. The positives outweigh the negatives. I just wish sometime those who don’t choose to volunteer their time would leave the coaching to the few of us who do.