Soccer Coaching Leaders Certificate

This online course covers the following areas of soccer coaching:

1. An introduction to coaching
2. The coaching process
3. An academy training structure
4. Off pitch principles & fundamentals
5. An integrated coaching approach


This Soccer Coaching Leaders Certificate has been developed with some of the most respected coaches, sports scientists, physical specialists, practitioners and academics working within these elite level clubs and football associations.


This accredited online course provides you with an introduction to soccer coaching best practices. You’ll learn how to run engaging coaching sessions with players from grassroots to youth level while developing their technical ability in a fun & safe environment.

Delivered by David Baird

In this lecture you’ll discover the fundamental elements of training organisation in soccer, the key coaching principles of P.L.A.Y, planning & learning through technical development examples and how to develop sessions to inspire & develop creativity.

Delivered by Dr. Adam Owen

Following this lecture you will be able to identify key characteristics within the development of your future players, be capable of implementing key cultural changes within your sporting structure, understand where your coaching groups sits in the developmental & learning stages and be capable of using key coaching processes identified to enhance your coaching methodology with the relevant group.

Delivered by Mirko Mazzantini
Mirko Mazzantini

During this lecture you should be able to implement a youth academy training methodology & understand the processes in place to be used from grassroots to academy football, understand the key components & psychological benefits of the coaching methodology and how to integrate the game phase into the final part of the coaching method, which enables you to enhance the technical capacity of youth players.

Delivered by Dr. Adam Owen

Following this lecture you should be able to use the processes identified within the lecture to enhance your coaching methodology with the relevant group, focus and establish a positive learning coaching environment with your young players, set SMART goals for the staff and players as well as yourself for continued development. You will also be able to integrate self-reflective practice as part of your coaching philosophy.

Delivered by Dr. Ashley Allanson

From this lecture you will understand the integrated training methodology and how to implement it, you will understand how we can influence physical training targets within training sessions, you will understand and implement integrated training based on the relative training group age and you will be able to maximise your training sessions with players through intelligent ‘session design’.

Delivered by Efthymios Kyprianou
Efthymios Kyprianou

Following this lecture you should be able to implement small-sided games in sessions to replicate the ‘real-game’ scenarios, improve technical & tactical understanding for young players, develop physical & psycho-social skills within youth players through manipulating key variables of small-sided games and implement a ‘player-centred’ coaching approach in your sessions.




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Individuals tasked with the responsibility for the coaching, training, & preparation aspects of soccer players from youth to senior levels.

 Individuals with an interest in developing their knowledge in the training methodology, physical training & development of individual athletes, players or team sports.

  • Getting involved and helping those involved to ‘get better’.
  • Creating a safe learning environment.
  • Organising games.
  • Introduction to the basics of FUNdamentals.
  • Preparing for the game.
  • Warm-up prior to the game.
  • Organising and managing players’ expectations.
  • An introduction to three different formats of competition.
  • Using these in a practical setting.
  • Developing players with basic coaching principles.
  • The accredited & endorsed Soccer Coaching Leaders Certificate is a coaching education award providing a modern approach to the key skills required when involved in coaching youth or grassroots soccer.
  • Developing a culture.
  • Player development pathway.
  • Promoting & developing effective & efficient holistical coaching sessions.

The Soccer Coaching Leaders Certificate which is accredited & endorsed by ISSPF & a number of Universities & Football Associations globally is a coaching education award providing a modern approach to the key skills required when involved in coaching youth football.

The online coaching course covers four key areas:

  1. Fundamental concepts of coaching.
  2. key coaching process components & skills.
  3. Exposure to a modern applied coaching structure.
  4. Further advances through an introduction to an integrated training approach.

In addition to these areas: Developing a culture, player pathways, and promoting & developing sound coaching sessions are embedded. You will be exposed to methods & practices that can be used in a fun, safe environment.


ISSPF courses are not only recommended by universities and federations around the world, but they are delivered by some of the leading practitioners in the game which will provide some cutting edge methods and industry overview on dealing with specific aspects of performance coaching and development largely including physical training in a team sport environment. ISSPF are working at accrediting all their courses through academic and footballing institutes in order to provide additional academic currency to the learner.

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