The number of football coaches in New Zealand is growing. With the quality and number of coaches increasing, this is an exciting time for football coaching in New Zealand.

To help coaches get the best out of themselves and their players, NZF’s Coach Education framework offers a range of high-quality flexible options ranging from junior and youth football right through to courses for coaches working in the senior competitive arena.

The comprehensive Coach Education Pathway is available to assist with any coach’s development, regardless of age or experience. The content of the courses on offer will have  a direct impact on the development of our players; whether that be with grassroots or high performance squads.

There are three age-related pathways so that coaches can choose relevant and applicable learning opportunities that are specific to their coaching needs. 


The New Zealand Football and WaiBOP Football approach is founded on the following principles:

  • Appropriate for New Zealand – reflective of New Zealand’s unique culture and football environment.
  • Flexible – providing coaches with more choice and a higher degree of ownership in selecting and following their own development pathway.
  • Player Centred – based on the needs of the players and designed to meet the age-related development needs of players throughout the game.
  • Applicable and practical – ‘on-the job learning’ experiences (creating and recognising learning experiences in the coaching environment).
  • Life-long learning – promoting continued personal development and self-responsibility for learning.

The new approach will provide a myriad of learning opportunities that allow coaches to identify and access personal development that corresponds with the players they are coaching and their specific developmental needs.