Football (Soccer)


You must refer to the Requirements for All Sport and Physical Activity to understand your overall compliance responsibilities.

Where considered appropriate, for example inclusion in a school sport program, parents or caregivers must be informed of full details of the location, supervision to be provided and activities to be undertaken when seeking their written permission.

Teacher/Instructor Qualifications and Experience

The appropriate level of expertise and/or training required to conduct an activity will be dependent on whether the teacher's/instructor's role is one of supervision, instruction or coaching. Other factors to be considered are the nature of the activity, the age, ability and experience of the students involved.

The School Sport Unit, in partnership with Football NSW and the FFA, offers the following professional learning workshops for teachers:

  • Football for primary teachers.
  • Football for secondary teachers - FFA youth football certificate 1 coaching.
  • HeadSafe (concussion).

A teacher must be present who has recognised current emergency care training.


Where an adult other than a teacher is engaged to provide instruction, a teacher must be present to take overall responsibility.

It is recommended that a qualified referee be used for inter-school competitions.


Shinguards made of suitable material (rubber/plastic) are compulsory.

Students are to wear appropriate footwear such as soccer boots or sports shoes. If football boots are to be worn, no student should be permitted to play in any other type of footwear. Boots must be inspected prior to the commencement of each game to ensure that studs do not have sharp edges or are excessively worn. Boots must conform to the Laws of the Game.

Goal posts and cross bars must be checked for stability prior to each game. Portable goal posts must be effectively anchored. Portable goal posts must comply with - Soccer Goalposts - make safety your goal. Where possible, nets should be used.

Corner flags made of non-injurious material are to be at least 1.5 metres high and not pointed at the top, should be placed in each corner.

Flag posts may also be placed at each end of the halfway line, not less than 1 metre outside the touch line.

Principals and teachers are advised that when conducting individual activity based ‘training sessions’ and or skill sessions the use of safety equipment (eg shin guards, mouthguards) may be optional after considering the level of risk involved and assessing any possible risk as minimal.

Students involved in “opposition based drills and contact games” must wear the specified safety equipment.


The ground surface must be free of obstructions and loose objects. Hydrated lime should not be used to mark fields. For further information go to - Prohibited use of flammable liquids for the markings of playing fields.

Spectators must be positioned at an appropriate distance from the field of play during play.


Students must not use equipment or wear anything that may cause injury to themselves or other players. All jewellery must be removed. Further information of this issue is contained in Laws of the Game.

Each school should have a coaching program based on conditioning and progressive skill training methods.

Warm-up and cool-down are vital elements in preventing injury and should be included before and after all training and competition sessions. Stretching activities performed in the warm-up should move the muscles through the full range of movement.

The warm-up should be continuous and lead into the training session. Further information is available at FIFA Injury Prevention.

Where injury occurs during the game, the student must be excluded wherever there is any doubt as to the extent of injury or fitness to continue.

Teacher and coaches must exclude students from returning to playing after injury until it is clear that the student is fit to resume. If there is any doubt, the student is not to play until medically cleared.

Students must be made aware of the rules regarding foul play and misconduct. Further information of this issue is contained in Laws of the Game.

Where possible, ice should be available for the treatment of injuries.

Should an injury occur involving bleeding these procedures should be followed

  • All clothing, equipment and surfaces contaminated by blood must be viewed as potentially infectious and treated accordingly
    participants who are bleeding must have the wound dressed and securely covered.
  • Any blood covered body area (and surface area where appropriate), must be cleaned thoroughly and any blood covered clothing and equipment cleaned or removed prior to the participant recommencing the activity.
  • Students are to be instructed to use adequate sun protection, e.g. an SPF50+, broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen reapplied regularly.