Coaching Philosophy nfa

Coaching Philosophy

Our coaching philosophy is four-fold:

  • Physical: Developing physical ability through a healthy lifestyle and age-appropriate exercise.

Players will be encourage to drink plenty of water, avoiding junk food and be active in their day-to-day activities.

  • Psychological: Training players to have an appropriate mind-set in order to manage their emotions and behaviour.

Having the right mind-set on and off the football field is important.  Players are to be dedicated and maintain a positive attitude and to be composed under pressure.  Players will be mentored on how to respond and develop resilience in addressing life issues.  This may include learning how to managing things such as racism, developing mental toughness and appropriate conflict resolution skills.  Players will be mentored in such as way that they learn how to broaden their minds to what opportunities lay ahead, within and beyond football.

  • Social: Creating opportunities for communities to connect, share ideas and support the players and coaches.

This includes promoting volunteerism, leadership and teamwork.

Parents will be mentored on how to develop healthy relationships with their children (the players). They will also be encouraged to identify and support their children’s talents.  In addition, NFP will contribute towards breaking down social exclusion by providing opportunities for players to interact with the wider Australian community, and in turn open their network of friends and colleagues.

  • Technical skills: Training athletes on overall football techniques.

Skills and technique are essential to inspire creativity, excitement and entertainment.  African children are taught to play football with a rag ball.  This ball is extremely difficult to manoeuvre.  All players within the academy will learn how to play with a rag doll within the first 6-8 weeks of enrolment. Many African coaches believe that the ability to successfully manoeuvre a rag ball is a predictor of advanced ball handling prowess. 

NFA will promote the unique African goal keeping style, which is different to goal keeping styles used in other parts of the world.   The goalkeepers will be taught how to follow the direction of the ball and not the direction of the player’s foot. There are also techniques in control and passing that are unique among African football players, which NFP will cultivate.  Players will also be encouraged to embrace their coach’s ideas but also to be creative.