University Programs

The quality of coaching is one of the primary reasons why players either continue to participate in sport or cease their involvement. The AFL together with the State/Territory football organisations recognise that at all levels of the AFL game, the coach/teacher has significantly more influence upon players than any other official or person connected with football.

Coaches/Teachers must be able to communicate effectively with primary and youth aged children or adults depending on their player group, therefore training in coaching and communication techniques are as equally important as the skills, training sessions and game plans.

The primary school years are the golden years of the development of fundamental motor skills and of skill learning specific to sport. Not only is this the most rapid learning phase of their lives in this regard, which if done well can lead to ongoing enjoyment and participation, but a failure to develop such skills during pre-adolescence is a major factor influencing teenage dropout in sport. Coaches/Teachers also greatly influence the forming and development of personalities of young players in their care.

With this in mind the AFL has developed a series of programs that can be completed by tertiary students providing them with the opportunity to develop coaching and umpiring skills as well as complete professional development activities in a nationally recognised organisation. Please view the attachment at the bottom of the page for further information.

Basic Umpires Course

Description: Course preparing students to umpire AFL at a junior level
Number of Hours: 7 hours

Level 1 Coaching Course

Description: Course preparing students to coach AFL at a junior level
Number of Hours: 12 hours

For more information on the Level 1 Coaching Program please contact Mark Ayers, Schools and Universities Manager on 0431 128 151 or email

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