NCAA and AFCA Future Football Coaches Academy

The NCAA and AFCA Future Football Coaches Academy (FFCA) is an educational forum where individuals who have recently completed their collegiate eligibility, and have a desire to enter the college football coaching profession, will learn about and explore football coaching careers with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics.  By achieving the following objectives, the academy is educating participants on the various aspects of securing, managing and excelling as a coach at the intercollegiate level.

FFCA is sponsored and administered by the NCAA. In order to enhance the excellence of the FFCA's programs, the FFCA will also receive support from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The AFCA is the largest and primary professional association for football coaches at all levels of competition, and works closely with several athletics associations, including the NCAA.

Program Objectives:

  • Consider how personal values intersect with football coaching opportunities.
  • Better understand how behavioral styles impact individual effectiveness as a football coach.
  • Gather information on personal growth and development within entry level football coaching positions.
  • Gain realistic view of the role of an entry level football coach in collegiate athletics.
  • Examine the viability of pursuing a career as a football coach.
  • Network with football coaching professionals from NCAA member institutions.

During FFCA, collegiate football head coaches will be assigned to spend time with the participants in an attempt to get to know them on a more personal basis as well as introduce them to fellow coaches and the various aspects of the American Football Coaches Association's convention.  

Eligibility Requirements and Selection Process:

In order to be selected to participate in FFCA, interested applicants must be no more than three years removed from college graduation. Thirty individuals will be selected to participate in the academy by a selection committee consisting of former collegiate head football coaches and current athletic administrators. 

Upcoming Programs:

The 2014 NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy will take place on January 12-14, 2014 in conjunction with the AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. 


All applicants must submit a resume (including two professional references) and personal statement.  In the personal statement, applicants need to ensure they discuss, in detail, the following:

  • Why do you want to attend FFCA?
  • What do you hope to gain from your experience at FFCA?
  • How will this academy help as you begin your coaching career?
  • What will be your philosophy and approach for developing your football student-athletes to ensure these young men are prepared for life once their football career ends?

To submit an application, please visit the NCAA Program Hub. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, November 15, 2013.


If you have any questions regarding the NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy, please contact:

Justin W. Paysinger
Assistant Director of Leadership Development
Telephone: 317/917-6036