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.



Prior to the commencement of the 2018 football season, following extensive research, analysis and consultation with stakeholders across the industry, a new approach to accreditation and support of the coaching community will be introduced.

The primary objectives of the new approach are to:

Reduce the barriers to entry of becoming an accredited coach

  • Build a deeper understanding of the coaching community
  • Use this understanding to increase the accessibility of targeted quality resources for coaches
  • Provide ongoing education and development opportunities for all coaches
  • Ensure all coaches understand their responsibilities and obligations

The National Coaching Strategy will commence its roll out in early March, key features of this new approach include


As has been the case for many years, coaching accreditation will continue to be mandatory for all those wishing to fulfill a coaching role on match day.   However, entry level accreditation is being changed to improve its accessibility.

The current 4-year accreditation scheme will be replaced a New Coach AFL Membership Model featuring annual membership, administered via the Coach.AFL online platform.

An annual membership fee will apply (TBC).

Foundation Level Accreditation (previously Level 1) will be included as a benefit of Coach.AFL membership and will be achieved through the completion of an online Foundation Course specific to the age of the team being coached (senior, youth or junior).

Although encouraged, there will be NO requirement to attend a coaching workshop in person prior to achieve this Foundation Level Accreditation and commencing coaching in 2018.

This online Foundation Level Accreditation will take between 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

To support the ongoing education of coaches, AFL Queensland will be providing practical coach education sessions. These sessions will supplement the Foundation Courses and re-accreditation points process during February, March and April.

To register to attend one of the practical sessions, view the 2018 AFL Queensland Coaching Practical Session dates in this section



Coach.AFL will be based on annual membership model supporting ongoing coach education.  Coaches will attain points for annual re-accreditation via a number of means including but not limited to coaching experience, on-line education on Coach.AFL and attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences.

Coaches accrediting for the first time:

  • Complete contact details and coaching profile
  • Acceptance and agreement to the Coaches’ Code of Conduct
  • Complete online Foundation Course specific to the age of the playing group (senior, youth or junior)
  • Payment of annual membership fee (TBC)

Coaches with current accreditation:

  • Complete contact details and coaching profile
  • Acceptance and agreement to the Coaches’ Code of Conduct
  • Complete prescribed online education module
  • Note: Payment of annual membership fee will be waived for the remaining years of their current accreditation period.



The Coach.AFL online platform is designed as a central resource centre for coaches.  It will serve as a national membership database, enable coaches to manage their Coach.AFL Membership (including accreditation, ongoing education and compliance) and provide access to a central Online Repository housing quality coaching resources and educational support.


Coach.AFL members will have exclusive access to high quality and consistent information that will:

  • Explain the development pathway for coaches of all age groups
  • Provide online educational and development opportunities
  • Provide accessible resources to guide coaches on their journey
  • Ensure aspiring coaches understand the significance of the role they play and how to positively influence the personal development of players of all ages and ability levels
  • Ensures coaches understand their obligations

Coach.AFL is scheduled for launch in early March 2018 but will continue to progressively build and be refined over the years to come.

Please note the above information relates to Coaching Accreditation only. It is also a national requirement for all coaches and assistant coaches that are actively coaching to register on SportsTG with their club in each season they are coaching. Failure to do so will result in the coach or assistant coach not being able to be selected on team sheet and therefore being ineligible to coach on match day

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.

2018 Level 2 Coaching Course

Date: November 17 & 18

Time: 9am-5pm both days

Where: Brisbane (Venue TBA)

Cost: $297

Click here to register your attendance for the Level 2 Coaching Course


Level 3 Coaching Accreditation

While state governing bodies administer Foundation 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.

Coaching Coordinator Program

AFL Queensland are committed to the ongoing education of our community football coaches.

A key strategy to provide ongoing support is through the promotion and education of club coaching coordinators at all levels within Australian Football.

Why coaching coordinators?

Coaches are key influencers in developing and maintaining a positive club culture. They also have a significant impact on the lives of individuals within the club especially the players.

Presently, coaches are accredited through a sound educational structure within the AFL’s National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), which is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

AFL Queensland believes there is a growing need to assist accredited coaches and support their development in a variety of aspects of the multi-faceted role they play in the club or school environment.

A club coaching coordinator could support and oversee the growth and development of individual coaches and enhance the overall effectiveness of the coach at club level.

Success of a club coaching coordinator position can only be measured by the roles and responsibilities that are afforded to the coach in a particular coaching environment – these may be varied and all-encompassing.

Each club or school that appoints a club coaching coordinator will clearly define the role that they expect of the individual that they appoint.


Roles and responsibilities

The development of the specific role and responsibilities of the club coaching coordinator will depend on the specific needs of individual clubs and schools; however the following roles and responsibilities are likely to be core:

  1. Develop a positive coaching culture
  2. Assist and support the on-going growth and development of coaches
  3. To provide necessary and up to date information on current coaching trends, practices and courses to all coaches
  4. Support coaches so that players will receive the best practice approach to training, skill development and match day environment
  5. Assist clubs and schools to develop processes whereby they can recruit and retain coaches
  6. Assist coaches to develop processes whereby clubs can recruit, develop and retain players.
  7. Ensure all coaches are recognized for their efforts and their commitment to quality coaching practices.
  8. Assist in the development of a club and school Australian Football development curriculum.

The following roles and responsibilities are also considered important and part of the guidelines for the role of a

Club Coaching Coordinator:

  1. Act as a mentor to club coaches as requested
  2. Chair the selection panel for club coaches
  3. Conduct coaching assessments and evaluations of coaches
  4. Ensure coaches uphold the AFL Coaches Code of Conduct
  5. Chair club or school coaches meetings
  6. Attend district or zone club coaching coordinator meetings

Broadly, the club coaching coordinator is essentially responsible for all aspects of the development and management of the club’s or school’s coaching program and personnel and also for the promotion of the value of quality coaching within the club or school program.

Qualities of a club coaching coordinator:

  1. Well-developed communication skills especially as an effective listener.
  2. Good questioning skills
  3. Empathy
  4. Well organized
  5. Passion for assisting coaches improve
  6. Enthusiastic positive encourager

Prerequisites for appointment as a club coaching coordinator:

  1. Hold a current AFL Level 2 Coach Accreditation (ideally)
  2. Completed the Club Coaching Coordinator Course
  3. Not currently coaching a team (preferable)

The AFL highly recommends this initiative to all clubs and schools who value the continued improvement in the

quality of coaching and the subsequent enhancement of the quality of the sporting experience for all participants.

For more information and resources please contact your AFL Queensland Coaching Coordinator Luke Carroll. Email:

Coaching Pathway

AFL Queensland have developed a strategic pathway for all coaches participating across the state.

The state coaching pathway has been divided into four areas that will allow tailored curriculum and

Coaches to advance throughout the Coaching Pathway. Each section will form a pool of coaches that are to be considered for coaching positions through various programs including NEAFL, QAFL, QWAFL, AFL Academies, Regional Representative programs, assistant coaching roles.

This will give the state body and clubs the opportunity to identify best talent available for various roles.

Courses and seminars will be specifically designed for coaches who work with grass roots, talent, development and high-performance players.

The coaching pathway is divided into four key areas

  • Elite
  • High Performance
  • Talent / Development
  • Foundation


  • AFL /AFLW appointed coaches (Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast SUNS)
  • AFL Queensland High Performance Coaches

High Performance

  • NEAFL, State Representative Coach
  • Academy Head Coaches
  • Academy Team Head Coach Coaches


  • Level 2 Coaches
  • Academy Assistant Coaches
  • Secondary / Primary State Coaches
  • School of Excellence Coaches


  • Community coaches Junior /Youth / Senior
  • Auskick