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Recently the AFL has undertaken a review of coach education programs, the reaccreditation process and regional coach support on a national level.

Following extensive research, analysis and consultation, it was identified that an opportunity existed to enhance the support and development of coaches nationally. Coach.AFL has been created with these key objectives in mind:

• A deeper understanding of the coaching community
• Creating a more accessible entry-level accreditation
• Providing a centralised accessible resource centre that delivers content tailored to the individual coach and playing profile of the team

Coach.AFL will provide coaches of all levels with online education courses and modules, articles, videos, downloadable PDFs, and access to a drill library which can be filtered to suit the age group being coached.

Foundation Online Course:

The entry-level accreditation is now called Foundation (replacing Level One) and is an online course for the specific age group the individual is coaching – senior, youth or junior. All new coaches need to complete a Foundation online course to be accredited as a team coach. The Foundation online courses are now available here!

If you previously have held, or currently hold an AFL coaching accreditation please read the Coach.AFL Membership and Annual Membership/Accreditation Renewal sections below to see how you can access the benefits of Coach.AFL.

Coach Education Workshops:

To further support Foundation coaches there is a face to face coaching workshop available and delivered by expert coaches. The cost of this practical three-hour program is $60.00 and each coach will also receive a magnetic game day coaches board.

Each workshop has been designed to assist Foundation coaches to develop a range of skills to create a positive practice and game day environment, teach the technical aspects of kicking, gameplay, game sense and decision making, and the tactical aspects of the game.

These workshops will also assist coaches to accrue points to renew their Coach.AFL membership and accreditation for the next football season – see Annual Membership/Accreditation Renewal below.

The SMJFL have made the Face to Face Workshop compulsory for ALL NEW COACHES in order to be coaching accredited – please refer to the SMJFL Coaching Accreditation Policy for further clarification.

All coaches can join Coach.AFL to access the range of resources and coaching information as outlined below:

Annual Membership & Accreditation renewal:

A key change to the AFL coach education system is the requirement for all coaches to renew their Coach.AFL membership and accreditation on an annual basis. Each coach will be required to accrue a number of points each year to be eligible for membership/accreditation renewal – these points will be attained through a variety of means including coaching a team, completing online courses on Coach.AFL, attending regional seminars and workshops etc.

Coaching Support Team:

Coach.AFL provides a support team for coaches. Trained and specialising in all things coaching, the team will be able to assist coaches with Trouble Shooting, Accreditation Status, Technical Support, Workshop Information and generally, help coaches navigate through the introduction of Coach.AFL.

The Coaching Support Team will be contactable via email or the ‘Get in Touch’ form on Coach.AFL.

Regional Support:

At the regional level, AFL Victoria will deliver a range of face to face seminars and workshops for coaches to continue their personal growth and development. These seminars/workshops will attain points for the coach as part of their annual membership/accreditation renewal.

Other support and education provided will include club coaching coordinators, coach mentors and recognition of outstanding coaching achievements.

All accredited coaches will have access to Coach.AFL and gain access to the high-quality interactive coach resources and member benefits.

AFL Level 2:

The AFL Victoria Level Two Coach Education course is open to community, TAC Cup and VFL coaches and is conducted in November each year in preparation for the following season. Click here for more info.

SMJFL Football Development Manager contact details: