All posts by David Johnson

David “Johnno” Johnson is our chief football researcher and writer. With over 20 years of coaching experience in all grades of football David was also a prominent footballer himself, having played at Teal Cup level and was even recruited by the Essendon Football Club. The pinnacle of David's coaching experience saw him as the assistant coach of the East Fremantle Shark Football Club in the WAFL for a number of years.

Break Away

Break Away – Refining Stoppage Skills

The breakaway is is a game-based training drill that is designed to refine the skill of your players around the ground at stoppages. It's extremely beneficial to the development of players and is an invaluable way to keep your players...

/ October 3, 2007
Goosey Goal Kicking

Goosey Goal Kicking Drill – Improving Set Shots

This is a goal kicking drill designed specifically to improve player’s set shots for goal. It was provided to us by Western Bulldogs Forward coach Simon Goosey. Tip: Use this drill in conjunction with Goosey's coaching tips for goal kicking....

/ September 4, 2007
Contest and Crumb

Contest & Crumb – Improving the art

This is a great drill to teach players the art of crumbing at a contest. It aims to improve both the crumbing skills and decision making of players and also provides intensive contested marking practice for players. Contest & Crumb...

/ July 20, 2007
Cover the Rebound

Cover the Rebound – Defensive Training

This drill teaches players to how to 1) run into space to rebound the ball from defense, and 2) apply pressure to defend against the opposition’s rebound. It’s also a great fitness drill incorporating ball handling and spatial skills. Cover...

/ June 9, 2007

Jason McCartney – On Playing, Coaching And Life After The AFL

SUMMARY: There is no name more synonymous with courage in Australian Rules Football than that of Jason McCartney. The former Fitzroy, Adelaide and Kangaroos key position player was horrifically burnt in the infamous Bali bombings of 2002 and faced a...

/ June 9, 2007
Holding Ground

Holding Ground – High Intensity Warm-Up

This drill is a great warm up type drill and is done at a high intensity. It generates excitement and voice among the players and encourages them to attack the ball hard and work together in tight spaces. It teaches...

/ May 9, 2007
Cue Kicking

Cue Kicking – In game kicking replication

This is a kicking drill that replicates various kicks during a game of football. Players practice kicking at varying angles, such as directly at the leading player, or out in front of a player leading away from the kicker. Cue...

/ September 9, 2006
Port Adeliade Coach Matthew Primus

How To Get That Next Coaching Job

SUMMARY: With the previous season barely over, many football clubs across Australia start the search for their next coach, crossing their fingers and hoping that the next appointment will bring them that elusive premiership. This article outlines 4 tips to improving...

/ July 20, 2006
Essendon vs Frankston

The Success Secrets of Essendon Keilor College’s Elite Football Program

SUMMARY: Essendon Keilor College is the first established elite football school in Victoria. Their program has been so successful that in the 9 years since its beginning, the school has produced 13 players drafted into AFL lists, and over 50...

/ June 9, 2006
T Drill

T Drill – To Enhance Decision Making

This is a drill aimed to enhance the decision-making ability of players whilst practicing kicking or handballing skills. The T-Drill is a good warm up and skill development drill that is also fun as well. Works in groups of four....

/ June 8, 2006