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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.
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Junior Coaching Curriculum - Guidebook
Section 1

Introducing the 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 Rookie Me Coach platform, an interactive, animated training activities and sessions library, available to all coaches through their CoachAFL Membership.

Section 2

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.

Section 3

Rookie Me Coach

CoachAFL and Rookie Me have partnered together to provide all accredited coaches of Australian Football with an innovative online platform, set to take your coaching to the next level. Gain access to the Junior Coaching Curriculum resources including sessions and insights through the Rookie Me Coach platform.

As part of your CoachAFL membership, you have a FREE subscription to the Rookie Me Coach platform. A premium upgrade is also available to access extra content and features.

Section 4

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!

Junior Coaching Curriculum Guidebook
Section 5

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.

Section 6

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.

Junior Coaching Curriculum - Level 4 (7-8 Years) Guidebook
Section 7

Level 5 (9-10 Years) - Coaching Manual

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

Junior Coaching Curriculum - Level 5 (9-10 Years) Guidebook
Section 8

Level 5 (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.

Junior Coaching Curriculum - Level 6 (11-12 Years) Guidebook
Section 9

Youth Coaching Curriculum

The Youth Coaching Curriculum (YCC) is specifically designed for football coaches working with players aged 13-18 and offers a structured curriculum comprising age-specific training blocks tailored to the needs of players within the 13-18 age range. Each training block includes session learning focuses, activity instructions, coaching constraints, and essential coaching insights.


View the Youth Coaching Curriculum here.