Teaching the skills, tactics and strategies of Australian football is a rewarding experience. The quality of coaching is one of the primary reasons why players either continue to participate in AFL or give up the game. 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.
Coaches must be accredited according to the age level of the players they are coaching.