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Welcome to SMJFL Coaching

“Congratulations on being an SMJFL Coach for this season. Coaching kids is an incredibly rewarding experience and your input into your Club’s junior development is highly valued by the League.

As part of your coaching experience we want you to be regularly informed, appropriately educated and given opportunities for continued development to assist you through your Coaching journey.

Please be sure to keep an eye on this section of our website for news, events and coaching tips and we welcome your feedback and questions along the way. Again, thank you and have an exciting and wonderful coaching journey.”

Bree Vallance, GM Football Operations SMJFL


Coaching Accreditation

There are two main areas which Junior Club Coaches need to be accredited under. For Coaches coaching age groups from U8’s to U12’s it is the Foundation Junior Course. For Coaches coaching age groups from U13’s to U18’s it is the Foundation Youth Course.

Every year new coaches and returning coaches are required to be accredited on the AFL’s Coaching Platform, Coach AFL. New coaches sign up by creating a profile, undertaking a mandatory online coaching program relevant to the Age Group and complete the online module,  Vilification and Discrimination.

Returning (or renewing coaches) are also required each year to undertake the online renewal and the Vilification and Discrimination Module. Each renewing coach needs to ensure they update their profile to the relevant age group they are coaching to ensure they are accredited to the correct Foundation program.

Once accredited for the season you will receive a certificate that looks like this.

This can be found under the My Learning tab in your Coach AFL Profile.


All new SMJFL coaches will be required to complete the following compulsory requirements:

  • Create or update your profile on Coach.AFL and complete contact details here

  • Register on PLAY HQ here as a volunteer and coach for your Club

  • Accept and agree to the Coach’s Code of Conduct (Annual acceptance required)

  • Complete online Foundation Course specific to the age of the playing group
    (youth or junior).

  • Complete online module on Vilification and Discrimination

  • Attend a Face-to-Face foundation workshop (New Coaches compulsory, optional for renewing coaches).

AFL Education and Support

The AFL have developed a centralised Coach AFL learning management system which includes a national membership database, high quality interactive coach resources, online coach education courses for all levels of coaching and a number of member benefits. Coach AFL will be an exclusive resource centre providing a range of learning opportunities for all AFL accredited coaches.


At the local and regional level AFL Victoria will deliver a range of face-to-face seminars and workshops for coaches to continue their personal growth and development. Other support and education provided will include club coaching coordinators, coach mentors and recognition of outstanding coaching achievements. All accredited coaches will have access to the Coach.AFL Learning Management System and gain access to the high-quality interactive coach resources and member benefits.

AFL Victoria Resources: 

SMJFL YouTube Resources: 

Head High Contact & Dangerous Play – Community Umpire Education Resource - Video by Umpire AFL

This video has been provided by Umpire AFL  and includes AFL Umpire &  SMJFL Umpire Academy Ambassador Leigh Fisher explaining the objectives and adjudication of umpiring head high contact and dangerous play with the intent of keeping all participants safe to the best of thier ability. This video includes information on such topics as:

  1. Head High Contact

  2. Striking

  3. Dangerous Tackles


Click here to view or share the above video: 

Please click here to read SMJFL’s Dangerous Tackle Guidelines


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