AFL Victoria Coach Education Programs 

Recently the AFL has undertaken a review of coach education programs, the re-accreditation process and regional coach support on a national level.  The AFL have developed a centralised Coach.AFL learning management system which includes a national membership database, high quality interactive coach resources, online coach education courses for all levels of coaching and a number of member benefits. Coach.AFL will be an exclusive resource centre providing a range of learning opportunities for all AFL accredited coaches.

A feature of the annual re-accreditation process will require each coach to attain a number points each year to be eligible for accreditation renewal – these points can be attained through a variety of means including coaching a team, completing short courses on the Coach.AFL Learning Management System, attending national conferences, seminars/workshops etc

Coach Education Courses:

All new SMJFL coaches will be required to complete the following compulsory requirements:

  • Create a profile on Coach.AFL and complete contact details
  • Payment of annual fee of $49.50
  • Accept and agree to the Coach’s Code of Conduct (Annual acceptance required)
  • Complete online Foundation Course specific to the age of the playing group
    (senior, youth or junior), including the concussion module.
  • Complete online module on Mental Health
  • Attend a Face-to-Face foundation workshop

The accreditation is for one year not four as previously.

Re-accreditation (recently expired accreditation)

All coaches who wish to coach in season 2020 and have an accreditation which expires on the 31/12/2019 will be required to re-accredit. To re-accredit coaches will have to:

  • Create a profile on Coach.AFL and complete contact details
  • Payment of annual fee of $49.50
  • Accept and agree to the Coach’s Code of Conduct (Annual acceptance required)
  • Complete an online module on Mental Health
  • Attend a Face-to-Face foundation workshop [optional]

Note: Existing coaches can still attend Face-to-Face foundation workshops, but these won’t be compulsory, but once completed will contribute points to a coaches’ eligibility to re-accredit for the following season.

The re-accreditation process will now be an online process on an annual basis rather than over a four year period.

Existing Coaches (current accreditation valid)

All coaches who wish to coach in season 2020 who are an existing coach with 1-2 years left on their accreditation will be required to complete the following compulsory requirements:

  • Create a profile on Coach.AFL and complete contact details
  • No payment required
  • Accept and agree to the Coach’s Code of Conduct (Annual acceptance required)
  • Complete an online module on Respect & Responsibility
  • Attend a Face-to-Face foundation workshop [optional]

Note: All coaches are encouraged to attend workshops, seminars, forums etc. which aren’t compulsory but are important for coaching development.

For more detailed information please read the SMJFL Coaching Accreditation Policy

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 re-accreditation process. 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 the Coach.AFL Learning Management System and gain access to the high quality interactive coach resources and member benefits.

Registrations for Coaching Workshops can be made through the Coach.AFL Learning Management System. To register:

  1. Go to the Home Page, go to the workshops section (at the bottom of the page) an click on Victoria
  2. Scroll through the catalogue to find the workshop you wish to register for and click on the workshop
  3. Once in the workshop click on the ‘Sign-Up’ link and register

Please click here for a visual demonstration

2020 Coaching Workshops

Face to Face Coaching Workshops are currently on hold as a result of COVID-19. We will provide and update in due course.


Tackle Your Feelings

A great footy club is more than its players, coaches or premierships. It’s a thriving, healthy community. And a healthy community starts with our minds.

Tackle Your Feelings is a training program designed for local footy clubs just like yours. It strives to improve understanding and awareness of mental health as well as build skills within your coaches to foster an environment where athletes are supported to effectively manage their emotions.


Coaches Behaviour and Accreditation


AFL Victoria Resources: 

Coach’s Whiteboard


SMJFL YouTube Resources: 

Team Rules – for Coaches – developing consistent team rules for your players

Style of Play – for Coaches – learn a number of strategies to use during key plays

Hear from the Coaches – AFL Coaches on Coaching and other hot topics

Modified Rules Demo Videos – check the rules and how they should be interpreted

SMJFL Dangerous Tackle Initiative


Footy First with MyPhysio

FootyFirst is a five level progressive exercise training program that has been developed specifically to reduce the risk of common leg injuries in community football – groin, hamstring, knee and ankle. It is based on the latest and best scientific evidence.

FootyFirst begins with a warm-up, followed by leg strengthening and conditioning exercises, and training to improve balance, landing and side-stepping skills. It requires only standard football training equipment and can replace the traditional warm-up

Performed correctly and frequently, FootyFirst will improve performance and reduce injury risk. It will improve players’ leg strength and control – from their hip to hamstring, groin to thigh, lower leg, knee, ankle and foot.

MyPhysio have created education videos that you can do individually or as a team for the SMJFL here.

Further Coaching Resources: 


Please click here to read SMJFL’s Dangerous Tackle Guidelines

Video – By Coach Tony Hales

This video has been provided by VAFA (umpiring) and includes 12 tackling examples. This video is designed to be watched while following the explanatory notes below.

Video Examples – direct link to video > 

  1. Free kick for a potentially dangerous situation. There is the possibility of the player being thrown into the fence. Good alertness by the umpire who remained switched on when the ball was near the boundary line.
  2. Both arms pinned, the secondary action of the tackle results in the player’s head hitting the ground. This could be deemed reportable.
  3. The sling at the end is unnecessary and therefore a free kick is warranted.
  4. Two actions, the player is defenseless. These need to be reported.
  5. This one looks ok as the level of force doesn’t seem sufficient to warrant a free kick. The reaction of the players is because of the smack in the face that occurs soon afterwards.
  6. Free kick. Definite report. A ball up is about to be called and then an unnecessary dangerous action follows.
  7. Correct free kick for a high tackle. Potentially, it could also be a report. The vision is not clear of the impact but when a player is slammed backwards in this manner their head usually hits the ground.
  8. Similar to #7. It looks like good fortune that the player’s head didn’t hit the ground. If it had a report would have definitely been warranted.
  9. An unusual style of tackle where the player is pulled by one arm. The level of force doesn’t appear to be great and the player with the ball seems to contribute to the ‘slinging’. This one doesn’t look like a free kick.
  10. Similar to #1. This is really poor umpiring. This has to be a free kick for an unnecessary, potentially dangerous situation. Hard to be 100% clear but would be comfortable if this is reported.
  11. Free kick. Definite report. The umpire needed to trigger in immediately. One of the obvious cues is how the player’s legs go higher than his head.
  12. The commentators believe it’s either high or in the back. It’s neither, it’s a dangerous tackle. The player is taken to the ground with no chance to protect himself. Similar to the Bryce Gibbs example from the AFL. Definite report.