In line with its Vision, SAFA require 150,000 trained coaches by 2022 to attain a target of 1 coach for every 20 players. The regional affiliates have been using the grant from the Legacy Trust to build the necessary coaching capacity. The focus of most of the regions has been to train entry level coaches whilst not neglecting the career path of the more qualified coaches. The Coaching tiered approach is at Level D for entry level coaches towards the attainment of Level A coaching certificates.
As with the coaching development, Referee development is a key focus area. The introduction of the junior referees programme has been met with renewed enthusiasm. Regions have been training referees to ensure they have capacity at local and regional levels for all their leagues.