Welcome to the FCA XVenture Essential Skills Program!

If you are a football coach, an administrator, a player, a parent, a referee, a sports teacher, a student or someone who wants to learn how to make the best in life, on or off the field, this program is for you.

Under the Football Coaches Australia (FCA) partnership with XVenture this series of online courses aim to develop the 'essential skills' of coaching - Leadership, Resilience, Culture, Communication Skills, Mental agility & Emotional Intelligence.

In line with Football Coaches Australia mantra "Promoting and strengthening the reputation of football in Australia and the reputation of Australian football on the world stage" the FCA XV Essential Skills Program is a new era in coach and personal improvement education.

The program was created by XVenture Founder and CEO, Mike Conway, who is the emotional agility and mind coach for elite athletes and teams (including Olympians, the Socceroos and A-League teams) and global corporations/ organisations.

This unique program is delivered completely online in a revolutionary virtual world environment designed to create a rich and engaging learning experience. It is filled with contemporary examples from football globally, as well as providing an overview of key research across 5 modules.

The FCA XVenture Essential Skills Program includes 5 modules: 

  • 1. Emotional Intelligence
  • 2. Leadership
  • 3. Communication
  • 4. Culture
  • 5. Resilience


All those who complete the modules will be armed with tools and techniques to improve individual and team performance, as well as improved personal well-being. 

The modules contain 20 subjects presented in a variety of fully integrated and multi-media style materials in the form of videos, articles, activities and podcasts and connected tests to confirm understanding of key concepts.

Subjects include a mix of latest thinking and contemporary research, brought to life and coloured with real cases and examples from football coaching – from grassroots to elite.

Check out this introduction from the program's creator and emotional agility and mind coach, Mike Conway.

Watch Intro Video

Australian coaches who complete modules will be credited with 30 CPD points for each module, and anyone who completes all five modules will receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) from our Australian University partner, University of Wollongong.

To get details on the individual modules and subjects, you can click on the individual modules below.

What Coaches are Saying

Championship Principles

Terry McFlynn, Football Operations Manager, Perth Glory FC

The principles of the FCA XV Essential Skills program were applied at Sydney FC in the record-breaking 2016 - 2019 seasons. The principles are relevant to coaches of any level who want to improve themselves and positively impact their players and team performance.

Potentially life-saving

Allen Ellis Under 15s Coach, Northbridge & Professional Firefighter

I’m finding every aspect of the program so valuable. I am definitely expanding my knowledge, but what has been most powerful is that reminder of the importance of seeing players as people first. As a coach of an under 15’s boys team, I realise that being inclusive as a coach is critical. Furthermore, understanding how a coach can support and build resilience is potentially life saving. If we don’t monitor the emotional and mental side, we risk coaching young players out of the game.