Certificate in Soccer Coaching

Course Fee R799.00

What this course is about?

To play any game well, you have to have a clear grasp of what the game is about, what the objective of the game is, what counts as winning, and also plenty of practice. But it is also helpful to listen to advice, for there are quite a few useful principles and precepts. They will not be useful, however, unless taken in the spirit they are given.

For instance, it is a useful bit of advice in tennis to say “Keep your arm fully extended and do not bend your elbow too much”.  But there are plenty of occasions, when you are up at the net, for example, when this advice should be disregarded, and it is impossible, for the coach to make a complete list of these exceptions, because so much depends on the individual player, on his opponent, on the conditions of the court and so on. The person being coached must certainly not disregard this advice, but neither must he take it too seriously, or think that if he always follows this advice he will necessarily play good tennis.

He must learn to take the advice in conjunction with practice in playing the game itself, and consistently move back and forth from the advice to the actual situations he meets on the court. Only by doing so, will the player get the most out of the practice or advice.

An extract from: Reader for PHL 100 B, Approaching Philosophical Issues, UNISA.


The course is intended to assist with the development of football coaches and coaching, as each coach affects the lives of thousands of players during their lifetime. The best way to improve football is through the development of coaches. In order to be effective, coaches must have knowledge of:

For successful development and performance to take place, coaches firstly, need to be subject matter experts that is they must have expert knowledge of the game of football.

“The game is the teacher” and coaches, coach or train what the game demands.

To be an effective coach, linked to this knowledge of the game is the knowledge of how to coach, how players learn, how to plan as well as the laws of the game. The immediate treatment of injuries and basic first aid are necessary life skills needed by the coach.

Who should be doing this course?

Those coaching football, or those planning to coach football, at any level / age group.


Your course is mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Study at your own pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!

In the 14 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Soccer Coaching
CHAPTER 2 Soccer Coaching Techniques
CHAPTER 3 Types of Techniques
CHAPTER 4 Types of Techniques continued
CHAPTER 5 Goalkeeping
CHAPTER 6 Tactics
CHAPTER 7 Physical
CHAPTER 8 Psychology of Soccer Coaching
CHAPTER 9 Soccer Coaching: Social
CHAPTER 10 Laws in football
CHAPTER 11 Coaching
CHAPTER 12 Long Term Participant Development
CHAPTER 13 Planning
CHAPTER 14 Life Skills

Steve Coetsee


Steve Coetsee is a SAFA Professional Licensed coach, a SASCOC Master Coach & a CAF Elite Instructor. In 2017 Steve entered his 41st season as a Coach which has seen him coach at every level of the game in South Africa. In the early 80’s Steve served as Coach to current continental champions Mamelodi Sundowns. He played professionally both in South Africa and in Hong Kong and made the transition into Coaching early on. Currently, Steve serves as a CAF Elite Instructor and travels across the continent to deliver Coach Education programmes to coaches at the highest level. This course serves as an introduction to football coaching. The basic principles and ideas of “What is football?” and “What is Coaching?” serve to stimulate a new approach to Youth Development, where creating an environment of learning is essential.

Grassroot coaching

Vuyani Mafu

This course has helped me to equip myself with dynamics of coaching. From this foundation I am going forward.



Motlatsi Isaac Thabana

Good course indeed


Coaching course

Justin Waqu

Fantastic course, obviously lacks the physical element which is what coaching is about but there is some great content and information in this course. I recommend it to all young coaches out there, do it. You will learn plenty


Football coaching certificate

karabo mmope

Good course wish ther was another course relating to football that 1 can take

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