The Scottish Football Association

Be a coach

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'Home of Great Coaches'

The Scottish FA Strategic Plan, Scotland United - A 20:20 Vision, sets out a series of specific goals and objectives to grow and improve the game at all levels. From doubling the number of registered recreational players to getting Scotland to a major final once again. As part of this, we want Scotland to be known as the home of great coaches.


Get qualified

If you want to be part of our growing community of qualified coaches then the best place to start is with a coaching course.


The Scottish FA operates four coach education pathways:


- Children's (for coaches working with 5-12 year olds)

- Youth (for coaches working with 12-18 years olds)

- Adult

- Goalkeeping


We also offer courses for youth directors and for coaches working with players with a disability.


Find out which courses are going on in your area here


Be positive

Our coach education courses incorporate the Positive Coaching Scotland philosophy.


Positive Coaching Scotland challenges the "win at all costs" mentality and empowers coaches, player, parents and club leaders alike with the tools to develop top football players as well as happy, successful, confident, and respectful young people.


Find out more about Positive Coaching Scotland here



Our Developing Talent section provides hundreds of drills, sessions and resources to support you on the training field. The drills are organised by age and stage of development so you can easily find the right drills for your team.


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