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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Coach football to senior amateur and youth players 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
264721  Coach football to senior amateur and youth players 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 
This standard is aimed at individuals who have a good understanding of the game and may include individuals who have completed the entry level coaching standard or individuals with a minimum of 5 years experience as professional football players who envisage further involvement in the sport in the capacity of club level coaching.

In achieving this unit standard, individuals will display the competency required to operate as a coach in order to teach the principles and skills of the game to individuals participating in the sport on beginner to intermediate level in particular as it applies to senior amateur and youth participants in the game.

Individuals qualifying against this unit standard will be able to apply coaching skills as a coach operating in the community, sport club or organisation on a regional level. Individuals will have a good understanding of the rules of the game and will be able to coach the technical skills of the game of football in a safe and structured manner according to coaching and practice plans.

On achievement of this unit standard the learner will understand and be able to:
  • Explain the rules governing the game of football.
  • Plan practice sessions for football coaching.
  • Conduct football coaching activities.
  • Reflect on performance as a coach. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Completed the unit standard: "Conduct basic coaching to beginners in football": SAQA ID 244552. 

  • 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 
    Explain the rules governing the game of football. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The importance of understanding the rules applicable to football is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The laws of football are explained to ensure fair play and understanding of the principles of the sport. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For basic laws includes but is not limited to: correct terminology, etiquette on the field, laws pertaining to elements of football including movement, attack, defence, ball handling, recovery, positional restrictions, fair play, ethics, safety requirements and protocol of the game.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The official signals and control requirements applicable to role of the coach is explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan practice sessions for football coaching. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the coach is explained in the context of the safety of the game on competitive level. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Individual contact, avoiding of personal injury, importance of effective learner supervision, correct warming up and preparation for the game, use of correct equipment and facilities, conduct on the field.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Individual and team objectives as well as principles of the enjoyment of the game are used in the planning of practice sessions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range for practice sessions includes coaching activities for beginner to intermediate players of the game.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resources are planned in relation to the requirements of practice sessions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant activities are planned within the practice sessions to ensure structure and time management of the session. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Activities should include warming up and cool down requirements, technical transfer of elements associated with the game of football including ball handling, goal shooting, movement and attack and defence skills.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Talent identification is supported through the adjustment of training sessions and individual objectives in order to meet individual needs and team objectives. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Conduct football coaching activities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Football terminology is explained in the context of the sport. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The core skills of football are explained and taught to participants in the game. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    For skills of football includes but is not limited to: ball handling, movement, catching, passing, shooting, attack and defence skills, transfers, positional restrictions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Warm up and cool down techniques are demonstrated to prepare for the game and to prevent personal injuries. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Conditioning requirements are explained and demonstrated as they apply to the game of football. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate mentoring and coaching methods are utilised to meet the needs of the athlete being coached. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Listening skills, communication feedback, teaching styles, instructional styles.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A logbook is maintained to record conducted coaching sessions. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Reflect on performance as a coach. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Own coaching performance is evaluated so as to identify personal development objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Personal development of participants are evaluated as it applies to individual and team objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Practice activities are reviewed to address the needs of individuals being coached. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Coaching records are concluded to record coaching sessions and modifications to coaching plans. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Logbook and coaching plan adjustments.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Administration relevant to the coaching environment is developed according to operational requirements and standards. 


    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:
  • Laws of the game of football.
  • Understanding of the learning process.
  • Ethics, values and the principles of fair play in football.
  • History of football.
  • Practice of football as a sport internationally.
  • Planning of training sessions.
  • Football technical and tactical exercises.
  • Football terminology and principles.
  • Fundamental factors of performance of football techniques.
  • Roles and responsibilities of a coach.
  • Knowledge of the different training objectives in different age groups.
  • Talent identification.
  • Coaching practice.
  • Conditioning techniques.
  • Safety and injury prevention.
  • Planning of practice sessions.
  • Coaching administration.
  • Self-reflection skills to evaluate coaching methods and performance. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving:
  • The planning and conducting of coaching sessions at beginner to intermediate levels will require the addressing of situations associated with the progression of activities and skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work:
  • Teamwork is supported in the working with others and in a team as it relates to the coaching of individuals and support provided to a senior coach. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself:
  • Self organisation and management is supported in the planning, conducting and recording of coaching sessions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Effective communication:
  • Effective communication is supported in the planning and conducting of coaching sessions in the use of written and verbal communication skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Seeing the world as a set of inter-related systems:
  • 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. 

  • 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: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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