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 The quality of coaching is one of the primary reasons why players either continue to participate in AFL or give up the game. Teaching the skills, tactics and strategies of Australian football is a rewarding experience. The coach has significantly more influence upon players than any other official or person connected with football.

All coaches need to be accredited. The first step is to find out when accreditation courses are taking place in your region and enrol. Typically new coaches start with Auskick or a junior team whilst they continue to develop their coaching philosophy and build on their coaching skills. Senior coaching positions tend to be advertised through local league website, newspapers, football records and other media.

Ideally coaches should be accredited according to the age level of the players they are coaching.


New coaches in the AFL NSW/ACT region need to complete one of the following coaching courses for 2018.

Upcoming coaching courses


Level 1 Coaching Accreditation

Level 1 Coaching Accreditations have been replaced by the ‘Foundation’ course done online at

Accreditations will now become a yearly membership instead of a 4 year accreditation.

Level 2 Coaching Accreditation

Coaches must have completed a Level 1 course in youth or senior coaching with a minimum 12 months’ experience prior to gaining a level 2 accreditation. Please note Level 2 courses are conducted infrequently in NSW/ACT.

Ideally for coaches involved at a higher level (rep teams, development squads, etc.). For coaches with an aptitude and genuine interest in improving their coaching skills.

The Level 2 course is a two day course with an ongoing season long workbook to complete. The course focuses on preparing a coach to plan, prepare, conduct, review and adapt a year-long program of coaching. Coaches are assessed practically at training and in a match environment.

The AFL NSW Coaching Team wish to advise that applications for the 2020-21 intake of the Level 2 Coaching Course are now open.

To apply, applicants will need to complete the online application form, click HERE.

Attached you will find a summary document outlining the course structure and delivery, course assessment, as well as the criteria for selection and applications process.

Applications will close Wednesday 23rd of December 2020.

Coaches wishing to nominate for the course should meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a current AFL Foundation Level Coach accreditation for a minimum of two years
  2. Currently coaching in one of the AFL target group programs as listed for the specific stream below:
AFL Club level State/Talent & Community level
·         AFLW

·         AFL Academy Coaches & AFL Talent Pathways

*    AFL players looking to transition to coaching post playing will be considered.


·         Experienced Senior/Youth Community Coaches

·         Highly experienced Junior Community Coaches

*    Coaching Managers, Development or Coordinator roles, where management of a coaching program and/or a panel of coaches is involved, will be considered.


  1. Evidence of a commitment to on-going education will be highly regarded when selecting between candidates of similar merit
  2. Preparedness to assist in AFL or State football development programs
  3. Endorsement from their Club, Academy or State body (i.e. State Coaching Development Lead)


2021 Course Dates & Delivery
The Level 2 Course will be delivered in two parts; 1) online, via virtual workshops, and 2) via face-to-face learning. Please note that places in the Level 2 course are limited so are places in each of the course dates. The course is scheduled to take place on the following dates:


Elements 1 – 3  

-Create a vision & philosophy

-Shape the environment

-Build Relationships & guide learning

Element 4 

-Coach at training

Select one of the three 2021 preferences on the on-line form: 

1 – Saturday February 6th 

2 – Sunday February 21st

3 – Saturday February 27th  

(all sessions will be conducted from 8:30am to 12:30pm)


Element 4 

-Coach at training

Element 5 

-Coach the game

Element 6 

-Personal learning & reflection


TBC (during May period) 2021. These dates will be confirmed during part one of the course

*  Course dates and specific sessions are subject to change and will be dependent on confirmation of applicants, facilitators, and Coach Developers.   

Successful applicants will be notified by January 18th 2021.

Should you have any questions regarding the Level 2 Course Application Process, please contact Ryan O’Keefe –

Level 3 Coaching Accreditation

While state governing bodies administer Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses, Level 3 courses are run by the national body: the AFL.

The level 3 course accreditation is for coaches involved in AFL, state leagues, regional squads or other programs in the AFL Talent Pathway. Coaches working in or aspiring to this level may apply to be invited to a week-long, live in program. The course covers in greater depth those areas dealt with in Level 2 as well as relevant current issues, including technology, public relations and coaches as program managers and mentors.

Level 4 Coaching Accreditation

The Level 4 AFL Senior Coach Program commenced in March 2015 and is designed to provide a clear pathway for the development of the AFL Senior Coach, beyond the current Level 3 Accreditation.

The program has been designed specifically to:

  • Enhance the coaches knowledge, skills and experiences to best prepare them for the responsibilities of the Senior Coach
  • Provide a benchmark qualification for the industry
  • Provide a pool of applicants who have achieved the industry qualification
  • Refine a coaching pathway for aspiring Senior Coaches
  • Contribute to developing world class programs for AFL footballers in a world class performance environment.


More information will be distributed in due course.

For more details, please contact Tim Schmidt at or on the following postal address:

State Coaching Manager
PO Box 333
Strawberry Hills   NSW   2021


The AFL NSW/ACT Coaching Association is a body representing Australian Football coaches based in NSW and the ACT. The Association should be an opportunity for Australian Football coaches to share information and develop communication networks. Members will be entitled to participate in a range of activities including special forums, presentations, clinics, and conventions. Members will also have access to the latest in coaching information, mentoring services and a range of educational resources.

On completion of an AFL coaching course, coaches will be recognised through registration on the AFL national coaching database and automatically become a member of the Australian Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

The essential role of the AFL NSW/ACT Coaches Association is to enhance the coaching standards and capabilities of its members, all accredited coaches. It will also play a key role in developing the strength and continued development of the football environment across NSW and the ACT.

Benefits for Coach Association Members:

  • Annual Coach of the Year Awards and coach recognition programs
  • Local Coaching Newsletters
  • Distribution of ‘Coaching Update’
  • Regional Coach Association Events

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