Junior Coaching Curriculum

Introducing a brand new Junior Coaching Curriculum!
The AFL Junior Coaching Curriculum and its subsequent resources have been designed for coaches of players aged 7–12 years.

The prescribed training sessions make it simple and easy for parent and volunteer junior coaches to deliver. The program has been developed with the support of industry experts across coaching and education and has been incorporated into the digital RM Coach platform, an interactive, animated training activities and sessions library, available to all coaches through their CoachAFL Membership.

Introducing the Junior Coaching Curriculum

For the first time coaches of junior footballers aged 7-12 can access a dedicated program of resources, with the AFL launching its Junior Coaching Curriculum.
Former AFL Senior Coach and current Head of AFL Victoria, Brad Scott introduces the Junior Coaching Curriculum.

Overview of the Curriculum

Coaches are the key influencers in creating a positive junior footy experience.
That’s why the AFL has developed a Junior Coaching Curriculum with leading experts.
This introductory video takes you through the research that shaped the curriculum and the resources available for coaches.

Junior Coaching Curriculum Guidebook

A guidebook has been created for coaches and clubs to learn more about the Junior Coaching Curriculum.
Discover "The What, The Why and The How" and learn more about the research, philosophy, principles of play, session structure, activities and more!

What a Session Looks Like

The junior training session structure is designed to sequentially build kids football skills and confidence over ten training sessions using a game-based approach whilst incorporating fundamental skill development throughout the program. Each training session runs for 70 minutes and is designed around the four quarters of a game with a pre-game activity section for unstructured play.

Level 4 (7-8 Years) - Coaching Manual

Designed for players turning 7 and 8 who are transitioning over from Auskick to Junior Footy. This level focuses on skills needed to work as an individual.

Level 5 (9-10 Years) - Coaching Manual

Designed for players turning 9 and 10 beginning the transition to working in small groups.

Level 6 (11-12 Years) - Coaching Manual

Designed for players who are under 11 and 12, focusing on skills needed to work as part of a team.

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