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Coaching a disabled footballer

Introduction to Coaching Disabled Footballers

This online course will help you apply coaching tips and ideas to support the inclusion of disabled footballers.

Course Overview

Introduction to Coaching Football





60 minutes

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About the course

The Introduction to Coaching Disabled Footballers course is a free, online module that aims to:

  • Provide knowledge and raise awareness on coaching disabled footballers. 

  • Explore practical application of coaching tools, tactics and techniques to deliver to disabled footballers. 

  • Develop understanding and confidence to deliver to disabled people and to meet their needs.

Reasonable adjustments

To request a reasonable adjustment on this course, please follow this link.

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Reasonable Adjustments Policy.

Important information

There are no prerequisites required before enrolling on this course, however, it is highly recommended you complete our Disability Football Introduction before you begin.

The Disability Football Introduction explores:

  • What's meant by disability.
  • The different pathways available for disabled players. 

Course structure

1. Introduction

This topic will help you to:   

  • Develop a better understanding of disability and disability football.  
  • Understand The FA’s philosophy for disability football.  
  • Reflect on socially acceptable terminology.  
  • Support players to consider different pathways to meet their individual needs. 


2. Good coaching practice

This topic will help you to:   

  • Recognise good coaching practice.   
  • Understand how good coaching practice aligns to The FA’s objectives.  
  • Understand the importance of getting to know your players.
  • Use STEP (Youth Sports Trust, 2002) and the AIM model to adapt your coaching practice to meet players' needs. 


3. Considerations when coaching

This topic will help you to:   

  • Create a safe environment for the players you coach.
  • Develop a basic understanding of some common impairments you may come across.
  • Recognise the different formats of the game for each impairment group.
  • Understand who you’re working with and adapt your coaching to meet players’ needs.
  • Understand coaching considerations based on the impairment and format of the game. 


4. Theory into practice

This topic will help you to:   

  • Apply coaching tips and ideas to support the inclusion of disabled footballers.
  • Manage behaviour and emotions when coaching football.
  • Build an inclusive, positive coaching environment.  

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