AFL High Performance (Level 3) Coaching Course

The AFL High Performance (Level 3) Coaching Course is conducted annually for a maximum of 24 candidates all of whom are invited to attend. The course is the responsibility of the AFL Coaching Development Manager who works closely with the State Coaching Managers in organising all aspects of the course.


The AFL High Performance Coaching Course is designed to provide identified coaches with the education and development to prepare them to coach at AFL clubs. It will also develop the competencies to coach in other (similar) high performance football environments.

The course aims to develop a set of core competencies required to coach effectively in AFL clubs, based on five primary functions of coaches outlined in the International Sport Coaching Framework.


Target Group

The target group is coaches who are currently coaching at AFL clubs or aspiring to do so and do not have this qualification. This would include AFL Academy Coaches, State League (including NEAFL) Coaches, TAC Cup, State U18 competitions, state representative teams – senior, U18. Coaches who wish to develop their high performance coaching competencies may also apply.

The course was reviewed and restructured in 2015, in consultation with the AFLCA and state coaching managers, to more effectively meet the intended course outcomes.

Course structure

In 2016, the course will include a number of segments.

  1. An initial three and a half day course segment - Monday 5th to Thursday 8th December.
  2. A second two-day course segment - scheduled for Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th January 2017.
  3. An online coaching module from the University of Queensland’s Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching:-
    Quality Coaching: Understanding, informing and Advancing Practice
  4. A set of practical assessment tasks - completed in course and in the coaching workplace between and following course segments.
Course Modules

The 2016 course will include modules as they apply to a high performance coaching program in Australian Football:

  • Coaching philosophy
    • Coaching Methods
    • Presentation skills
    • Communication strategies, including football and social media
    • Program management
    • Leadership
    • Understanding yourself and players
    • Principles of play, game plans
    • Game analysis
    • Advanced skill development
    • Training programs and practice design
    • Champion Data statistics
    • SportsCode – video coding essentials for coaches
    • Applied Psychology
    • AFL policies and regulations
    • Personal brand and public relations
2016 Course - Initial dates and venue

An initial three and a half day course segment conducted in Melbourne from Monday 5th to mid Thursday 8th December 2016.

Please note that applications for 2016 High Performance Coaching Courses have now closed. Please watch this space for information about 2017 courses.



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