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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Coach the game of football 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264775  Coach the game of football 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport, Recreation & Fitness 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Purpose:

Individuals qualifying against this unit standard will be able to coach the game of football to players with a good understanding of the sport. In addition, the individuals will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the game of football, coaching the technical and strategic principles of the sport and will be able to prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions.

Individuals will be able to demonstrate the skills and competencies required to coach intermediate to advanced players of the game and in so doing, will be able to design, implement and evaluate the process and outcome of long term coaching performance on advanced players Learners qualifying against this unit standard may apply coaching skills in the capacity of performance level coaches, senior club and school coaches or Provincial coaches.

On achievement of this unit standard the learner will understand and be able to:
  • Apply the rules governing the game of football.
  • Plan a series of football coaching sessions.
  • Coach the game of football to intermediate and advanced players of the game.
  • Reflect on coaching performance. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • The unit standard "Coach Football To Senior Amateur And Youth Players". 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Where applicable, range statements have been included under individual Specific Outcomes or Assessment Criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Apply the rules governing the game of football. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rules of the game are utilised in tactical and technical coaching of the game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The prevention of injuries of players participating in the game of football is enhanced through the correct application of the rules of the game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Individual and team performance and conduct is analysed and addressed in terms of adherence to the rules of the game. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rules of the game are utilised in strategy planning for the game. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan a series of football coaching sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The tactical and technical objectives of the game of football are identified as they apply to the needs of individuals and the team. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Performance analysis is conducted so as to determine tactical and technical strengths and weaknesses of opposition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Coaching requirements are identified for individual players as well as the team. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to:
  • Functional role analysis, movement skills, attack and defence, handling skills, passing skills, continuity and recovery, conditioning for fitness and endurance, safety requirements, game strategy and tactics.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    A coaching plan is drafted to incorporate principles of personal growth and development for individuals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A range of practice sessions is developed to enable effective conditioning to meet tactical and technical coaching objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Resources requirements are planned for football practice sessions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For resources planning includes but is not limited to:
  • Venues, equipment, facilities and administration.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Safety requirements are utilised in the planning of practice sessions to support principles of safety of players and the team. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For safety includes but is not limited to:
  • Organising of people, equipment and space to ensure safety during a session, warming up and cooling down, cardiovascular training, stretching exercises to help improve flexibility, suppleness and conditioning so as to prevent injury.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Coach the game of football. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Available systems of coaching are used to develop individual and team skills in the game. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For available systems includes but is not limited to:
  • Group formations, testing of players, player and games analysis, team-building, incorporation of different sport science specialisations within the context of coaching, micro, meso and macro cycles.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Different coaching methods are utilised for the reinforcement of the technical skills of the game as it applies to individuals, units and the team. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Coaching methods are used to support the conditioning of intermediate and advanced participants in the sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For conditioning includes but is not limited to:
  • Techniques aimed at the correction and/or affirmation of tactical and technical skills, progression toward advanced performance, fitness, cardio respiratory endurance, agility, speed, handling and recovering skills, attack and defence, individual, units and team skills, movement analysis and rectification, match preparation and mental preparation.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Individual progress and performance is analysed and coaching sessions adjusted to coach for the correction and reinforcement of technical and tactical skills. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For individual progress and performance includes but is not limited to:
  • Personal objectives, club and team objectives and performance, game strategies in competition, individual adapting to coaching cycles and interventions, development of talent and advanced level skills.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Feedback techniques are used for individual and team motivation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Includes but is not limited to:
  • Verbal communication including voice projection and use of correct terminology of the sport, non-verbal communication as applicable to the sport and use of football terminology.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Coaching administration is carried out to ensure currency and accuracy of information and progress tracking of teams and individuals. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Reflect on coaching performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Own coaching performance is evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use and application of a variety of coaching and conditioning techniques are evaluated in relation to individual and team objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Coaching performance as it applies to the use of sport science support roles is evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Coaching records are concluded to record coaching sessions and modifications to coaching plans. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A logbook is kept to record conducted coaching sessions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The knowledge, skill and understanding which should be embedded in the process to enable the learner to become competent in all of the Specific Outcomes, based on the appropriate Assessment Criteria, for this Unit Standard, includes:
  • Safe and ethical coaching practice.
  • Welfare of participants during coaching sessions and within the coaching environment.
  • Communication.
  • Health and safety requirements.
  • Handling emergency situations.
  • Techniques and skills of a sport.
  • Tactical aspects of a sport.
  • Rules of a sport.
  • Physical fitness components of football.
  • Training principles and methods to develop participants' performance.
  • Principles of anatomy and biomechanics.
  • Nutritional requirements for healthy living and physical activity.
  • Methods to modify and adapt coaching sessions to meet participants' needs, abilities and stage of development.
  • Evaluation of coaching sessions and the coaching process.
  • Terminology of the sport.
  • Administration and record keeping requirements of the sport. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork is supported in the working with others and in a team as it relates to the coaching of individuals. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management is supported in the planning, conducting and recording of coaching sessions. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The effective planning of individual progression associated with the tactical and technical honing of the skills of the sport will require the collection, analysis and interpretation of information that will be used to assist the coach to plan and adjust coaching interventions so as to support the personal development of players. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective communication is supported in the planning and conducting of coaching sessions in the use of written and verbal communication skills. In addition written communication skills are supported via the administrative requirements associated with coaching. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The use and application of sport science and knowledge of biomechanics, nutrition and basic anatomy, exercise physiology, sports injuries, injury prevention whether applied or referred requires and understanding of and use of sport science and technology. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The planning and conducting of coaching sessions will require the addressing of situations associated with the progression of activities and skills of the individual both in terms of positional and team performance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The practices associated with the sport as well as the impact of the sport on an individual and group basis supports and understanding of the world as a set of interrelated systems. The consideration of personal objectives, coaching requirements as well as the individual performance players enhances the requirement to understand the world as a set of interrelated systems. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  64369   Further Education and Training Certificate: Sport Coaching: Juniors/Beginners  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 
    Elective  67695   National Certificate: Coaching Science  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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