Team Coach Role


Thank you for agreeing to be one of Turramurra United’s team coaches. It’s a vital role to ensuring that every player has an enjoyable football season. These notes have been prepared to help you understand the role of the team coach. The role of the team coach is crucial to our players having an enjoyable football season and for the team to function properly.

NSFA will be running Grassroots coaching courses and other coaching sessions during the season. First-time coaches or those who would like a few pointers are encouraged to attend one of these sessions, where you will see practical demonstrations of coaching techniques, drills etc. Official accreditation courses are also available, and all coaches are encouraged to attend one of these. Details can be found on the NSFA website.

Training notes

  • For all of our U6-U10 teams training will be run by professional T3 coaches. A T3 coach will run a training session each week for up to 1 hour (45 minutes for U6-U8). We encourage the team coach and parents to attend the sessions, to get an idea of what skills the players are being trained in and the drills the T3 coaches run.
  • For all of our U11 – U18 teams training will be run by professional NSFA XLR8 coaches. The team coach will be welcome to attend the sessions.
  • Each U6- U18 team will still require a coach for matches, as the T3 and XLR8 coaches will not be available to attend matches.
  • Talk to your manager about your respective responsibilities and how you propose to work together.
  • Make team parents aware that they should ensure their children are punctual for training, and that you consider it important for all team members to attend. It is equally important that children be picked up on time – you should not be relied upon to look after them after training, but, of course, you can’t leave children unattended when the session has finished.


During the game

  • Inform parents that they should try to make sure players arrive at least 15 minutes before the game. Many coaches prefer to have them there 30 minutes before.
  • We all know that parents on the sideline can get carried away at times. In conjunction with the manager, try to make sure that parents give only encouragement, not criticism, and that you are the only one giving real instruction to the players. Of course, the same words of warning can be applied to the coach. “Positive reinforcement” is the name of the game. Try not to make players feel bad about themselves, at the same time offering them ways to improve.
  • It is generally your responsibility to look after team composition and the interchange of players (in all age groups except Men’s All-Age division 1, players may be interchanged in an unlimited fashion). However, either you or the manager should keep track of who has played and when (including who has played in goal) to ensure fair rotation of players.
  • It is club policy that all team members from Under 6 to Under 18 share the time off the field as evenly as possible. All players in attendance must get roughly equal time (exceptions apply to goal keepers who may get longer time) and as a minimum each player in attendance must play at least half a game. It is not always practical to give each player equal time in every game, however, each player should have roughly equal time when measured over a few games.
  • During a game, you can ask someone (the manager or another parent) to help you to keep track of who has been on and off and for how long.
  • Make sure each player wears shin pads to each game and training session. No shin pads, no play!
  • In cooperation with the manager, ensure there is a fair system for awarding the Player of the Match Certificate.
  • It is generally the manager’s responsibility to ensure that grounds have not been closed for training or games. The NSFA or TUFC websites should be checked for Wet Weather Information the afternoon before training and on the night before games. The Club is fined if we use fields that have been closed by the relevant council. If a training session or game is cancelled, you or the manager must let all team members know.  For games or training at Ku-ring-gai High School (which is not covered by the NSFA), you should assume the ground is closed if the NSFA have advised that the council has closed their grounds, unless you receive an email from the Club saying that KHS is still open.