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I'm Klete Loveday the Coaching Co-Ordinator for the Helensburgh Soccer Club.

My main role is to assist in:




How am I going to achieve these tasks?

I am working with the Technical Director for Football South Coast in all of the following areas.

  • Educate Club Coaches on the FFA National Curriculum

  • Co-ordinate Club Grading

  • Identifying Players for Development Programs

  • Ensure Coaching standards are in line with the National Curricullum - by keeping regular communication with coaches

So I’m not here to tell you how to coach but to provide guidance on the right way forward and to offer any assistance you may need.

We have a number of resources now on offer to assist you in your role as coach.

They are:

  • FFA certified Coaching handbooks – to help you plan your own sessions

  • Assisted training session planning - This is where your training sessions will be planned out for you. This way anyone can run the session. (See attached example) We can even plan your whole year if need be.

  • Qualified club coaches can also assist you with session set up and coordination.

  • Free coaching programs run by Qualified Football South Coast Coaching staff

  • Training equipment provided to each team in the way of cones and bibs etc.

Coaches Corner has the following drop downs on the main menu:

  • Coaching Resources

  • Coaching Courses - find out the next course in our area

  • Training Sessions - designed by FSC Technical Director and Club Coaching Co-ordinator

  • Rules and Regulations

So I do hope that by providing these Coaching resources and Development opportunities each year that we can make your role as Coach a more enjoyable experience.

If you have any questions on any of this please do not hesitate to contact me.


Klete Loveday

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FFA's Official Coaching Resources

Australia’s Complete Football Training Guide for Players and Coaches - FFA Coaching Resource 

Coaches Handbooks

Are you looking for ideas for your training session?  Here are a couple of websites with some great ideas.

Discovery Phase - FSC Coaching Handbook 5-9 Year Olds 

Skill Aquisition Phase - FSC Coaching Handbook 9-13 Year Olds 

Play Football Mini Roos Coaching Guide

Injury Prevention, Management and Improved Performance Information


For more upcoming Coaching Courses under Football South Coast Click Here

To find a Coaching course Click Here 


Training Sessions For Grassroots Football 6 - 9yo

Click Here for Sessions

Training Sessions For Skills Acquisition Phase 9 - 12yo

Click Here for 1 v 1 - Session 1

Click Here for Running with the Ball - Session 1

Click Here for 1st Touch - Session 1

Click Here for Striking the Ball - Session 1

Example session for grassroots

fun games with ball;

Discovery Phase - Session 1 - Start Part (6-9 Year Olds),
(For field players only)
Duration: 10 min

Each player starts with a ball, dribbles around the marker and returns to the start.

Running With The Ball
Ball Mastery

Instruction points:
• Upon returning to the starting point, the next player starts the same pattern with their own ball guidelines for relays
• Avoid long queues
• Keep players as active as possible (don’t keep them waiting in line for too long)
• Give the group a quick break for a drink when necessary
• All relays in this section can be performed with and without the ball (the preference is to always use the ball, but it is fine to take the ball out of the relays early in the session)
• The more skill your players acquire, the more the ball should be used and the greater the challenges can be
• If there are more than six players, make another lane of cones and keep it to two players in a line (this avoids long queues)

Give players more difficult / easier instructions based on what the coach observes.
MAIN PART  Duration: players - 15 min, goalkeepers - 0 min

Fun games with ball
Competing games
Discovery Phase - Session 1 - Main Part (6-9 Year Olds),
(For field players only)
Duration: 15 min

Mark out a triangle with sides 10m–12m long.
Three teams of two players are positioned at each corner with a cluster of balls in the middle of the triangle.

Running With the Ball -
Awareness of what is going on around them.

Instruction points:
- The object of the game is to gather as many balls as possible for the corner or ‘nest’ within a set time period.
- One player from each team runs to the middle of the triangle to get a ball and dribbles it to their corner, or nest, and leaves it there.
- Their team-mate then does the same. When all the balls in the middle of the triangle are gone, players can take them from someone else’s nest.
- Players are NOT allowed to stop others from taking balls from their nest – no blocking, defending, tackling, etc. No hands! Feet only.

Small sided games
Discovery Phase - Session 1 - End Part (6-9 Year Olds),
(For field players only)
Duration: 20 min

3 v 3 (or 4 v 4, 5 v 5)

- training Game Length: 20m–25m Width:

- 14m–18m Goal: 2m–3m

- “Just let them play” 

- You can play with or without goalkeepers

- Short games - 3 to 5 mins in length (with regular drink breaks)


Click here to download the Coaches Handbooks for more details on playing formations and coaching tips.

Ball Sizes

The match ball sizes for both boys, mixed and girls competitions are

Under 6 , 7, 8, 9 Size 3

Under 10, 11, 12, 13 Size 4

Under 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Size 5

Period of Play

Under 6 & 7            - 20 minutes each way 5 minutes half time
Under 8 & 9            - 20 minutes each way 5 minutes half time
Under 10&11&12   - 25 minutes each way 5 minutes half time
Under 13 & 14        - 30 minutes each way 5 minutes half time
Under 15 & 16        - 35 minutes each way 5 minutes half time
Under 17 & 18        - 40 minutes each way 5 minutes half time
Women’s Youth League - 40 minutes each way 5 minutes half time
AAM, AAW           - 45 minutes each way 5 min – 10 mins half time
O30’s Women         - 45 minutes each way 5 min – 10 mins half time
O35’s Men              - 45 minutes each way 5 min – 10 mins half time

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