Our main goal is to develop players with NWSF DNA.

This means all of our decision-making must be centred around the needs of each individual player and the outcomes that will help them develop their DNA.

Specifically, our session design should focus first on the coaching interventions and methodology that develops the player. 

Developing the team is the next part of the process and is greatly enhanced by focusing first on the player.


Football Australia’s advanced coaching courses provide coaches with a framework for the effective planning and delivery of sessions. This process is recommended by NWSF as an optimal way to deliver effective practices, with an abbreviated version shown below.

Define the objective of the session (based on the game)
Design appropriate practice actities
Prepare people (players & staff)
Prepare the environment (cones, bibs, goals etc)
Deliver the practices
Coach the players
Reflect on the objective
Begin planning for next session

Practice design

To develop holistic players who bring to life the six key words, practices in training sessions should aim to provide players with the opportunity to play as much football as possible. Additionally, the player development model recognises that the development of players is non-linear.

Therefore, it is recommended that coaches aim to provide players with a ‘varied football diet’. This would incorporate a diverse range of practice designs, from simple to complex. This methodology aligns with Football Australia’s advanced coaching courses.

Coaches can aim to incorporate the various types of practices described above. However, it should be noted that game-based designs, as shown, tend to result in higher motivation, and therefore, should be highly prevalent within the environment.

Session design

After selecting the appropriate practices, coaches must then arrange them sequentially within a session. Further information can be found on this process by clicking here.