AFL Coaches 2019

Community Coaches

Community coaches are responsible for shaping the players who shape our great game. The future of the game and development of players and coaches would be lost without your efforts week in and week out.

The AFL Coaches Association provides community and development programs for coaches of any level. Have a look at the below and see if there's something for you.


The AFL Coaches Association's Coaching Pathway for incoming coaches is a framework based on the following 4 criteria:

  1. Coach your own team
  2. Develop an understanding of pedagogy
  3. Gain experience managing people; and
  4. Complete the AFL’s Level 3 accreditation.

If you are wanting a future in coaching at the highest level some of our recommendations for immediate upskilling are:


  1. Level 1, 2 & 3 coaching education qualifications
  2. Certifications with Sportsready
  3. Complete AFL Coaches Association's Next Coach Program


  1. Coach at another level
  2. Find a mentor coach and work with them and their team if possible