Coaching and Playing
This section contains a wide variety of material, including coaching manuals, as well as fitness and training handbooks. Motivational guides and psychological aspects of the game are also included, along with manuals for administrators, officials and umpires. Coaching books are generally instructional in style, with many diagrams and photographs. However, Australian football literature is characterised by numerous works with eclectic content, including material on coaching, history, player biographies and records or statistics within a single volume. Such works have been put in the 'History' section.
Allsopp, Ray, Aussie Footy: Let's Get Into, Let's Get Into, Aussie Sports Books Pty. Ltd.: Surry Hills, NSW, 1991.
Allsopp, Ray & Lockie, Mark, Skills of Australian Footy: A Technical Manual for Junior Coaches and Players, Wang Book, 2nd Ed., Junior Football Council of Victoria: Melbourne, 1984.
Allsopp, Ray, Lockie, Mark, National Football League of Australia, & Aussie Footy (Program), Aussie Footy Skills Manual: Models of the Basic Techniques of Australian Football, National Football League of Australia: Jolimont, Vic.
Allsopp, Ray, Lockie, Mark, West, Sharon, Junior Football Council of Victoria, National Football League of Australia, & Wang Australia, The Wang Book of Skills of Australian Footy: A Technical Manual for Junior Coaches & Players, 2nd Ed., Junior Football Council of Victoria: Melbourne, 1982.
Allsopp, Ray, National Football League of Australia, & Aussie Footy (Program), Aussie Footy Teachers' Manual: A Guide for Primary School Teachers, Rev. Ed., National Football League of Australia: Jolimont, Vic., 1986.
Andrew, Bruce, Australian Football Handbook, Griffin: Adelaide, 1978.
Ashman, Rod, Australian Rules Football, Macmillan Education: South Yarra, Vic., 2000.
Ashman, Rod, Australian Rules Football Training Sessions, Sport Education Teaching Manual, Macmillan Education Australia: South Yarra, Vic., 1999.
Australian Football Coaches Association., Australian Football Coaches' Diary, 2nd Ed., Australian Football Coaches Association: Jolimont, Vic., 1994.
Australian Football Coaches Association., The Best of Update, 5 vols, Australian Football Coaches Association: Melbourne, Vic., 2004.
A compilation of some of the best articles published in the Coaching Update by the Australian Football Coaching Association over the 14 years since establishment in 1988.
Australian Football League, Coaching Aussie Footy, Australian Football League: [Melbourne], 1987.
Australian Football League, Coaching Aussie Footy: Designed for Coaches, Teachers and Parents of Primary School Aged Children, Rev. Ed., Australian Football League: [Melbourne, Vic.], 2000.
Australian Football League, Official AFL Skills Guide: Learn with the Stars, Australian Football League: [Melbourne, Vic.], 2001.
Australian Football League, Youth Coaching Manual, Australian Football League: [Melbourne], 2004.
Australian Football League & Australian Football Foundation., Coaching Aussie Footy: Designed for Coaches, Teachers and Parents of Primary School Aged Children, Rev. Ed., Australian Football League: [Melbourne, Vic.], 1997.
Australian National Football Council, The Australian National Game of Football: Hints for Lecturers, A N F C Publication Series, Australian National Football Council: [Melbourne], 1960.
Australian National Football Council, Hints for Umpires and Guide to Film Strip "Why the Whistle Blows", A N F C Publication Series, Australian National Football Council: [Melbourne], 1960.
Australian National Football Council, Points on Australian Football, Australian National Football Council: [Melbourne], 1960.
Australian National Football Council, A Primer of Australian Football: Melbourne,, 1973.
Australian National Football Council, A Primer of Australian Football, Australian National Football Council: Melbourne, 1960.
Australian National Football Council, The Australian National Game of Football: Hints for Umpires, A N F C Official Publications, Australian National Football Council: [Melbourne], 1950.
Ball, Steven, A Season of Achievement: A Journal and Guide for the Effective Coaching of Junior Footballers, s.n.: Melbourne, 2010.
Barassi, Ron, Ron Barassi's Football Book, Rigby: Adelaide, 1978.
Barassi, Ron, Main, Jim, & Gould, Roger, Ron Barassi's Football Clinic, Lloyd O'Neil for Currey O'Neil: distributed by Gordon & Gotch: South Yarra, Vic., 1983.
Blackall, Bernie, Australian Football, Top Sport Series, Heinemann Library: Port Melbourne, Vic., 1999.
Blackall, Bernie, Australian Rules Football, Young Players, Macmillan Australia: South Melbourne, 1989.
Cain, Michael, Bounce the Ball, Dellasta Publishing: Surrey Hills, Vic., 1988.
Cox, H. J., Cheffers, J. T., & Victorian Football League, Fitness for Football, Victorian Football League: Melbourne, 1972.
Craven, John, Football the Australian Way, Lansdowne: Melbourne, 1972.
Previously published in 1969.
Cullen, Peter, Bourbon, Stephen, & Legro, Hayden, Tales from the Inner Sanctum, RecLink: [St Kilda., Victoria], 2003.
A collection of 36 pieces about coaches and coaching, covering VFL/AFL football through to community football, with remembrances and anecdotes by and about coaches such as Alan Jeans, John Kennedy, Robert Walls, David Parkin, Stan Alves and Ted Whitten. This volume includes coaches from earlier eras such as Checker Hughes, Phonse Kyne and Alan Killigrew. Several pieces provide insight into the art and processes of coaching, especially a piece by Patrick Smith who spent a week observing Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse. TH.
Davis, Luke & Davis, Damien, Australian Rules Football, Getting Into, Macmillan Education: South Yarra, Vic., 2006.
Davis, Randal & Anyinginyi Congress Aboriginal Corporation, Footy Fitness Project, 2000-2001: Final Report, Anyinginyi Congress Aboriginal Corporation: Tennant Creek, 2001.
An important project involving health, hygiene and medical examinations for Aboriginal football players in remote communities. TH.
Dawson, Brian & Roberts, Clint, Weight Training for Australian Footballers, Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation: [Perth], 1980.
Dawson, Brian, Roberts, Clint, Stewart, Glenn, & Australian Football League, AFL Research and Development Program 2000: "You Play as You Train; Do Training Activities Match Game Demands?", s.n.: s.l., 2001.
Dockery, A. M. & Curtin University of Technology. Institute for Research into International Competitiveness, Blowing the Whistle on Umpire Bias in the AFL: An Analysis of the Effect of Home Ground Status, Iric Discussion Paper Series, Institute for Research into International Competitiveness: Perth, WA, 1997.
Donaldson, Graham, Manual of Physical Training for Footballers, Advertiser Print: Morwell, Vic., 1963.
Dunn, John, How to Play Football Australian Style, Rigby: Kent Town, SA., 1973.
Dyer, Jack, Reynolds, Dick, & Kornie Food Co., How to Play Football, Kornie Food Co.: [Melbourne, 1952.
This is primarily a booklet to paste in Kornie’s football cards featuring star football players which is accompanied by brief notes on the skills of the game. TH.
East, Alan, Waller, Rod, Hann, Richie, Rural and Industries Bank of Western Australia, & West Australian Football League, Aussie Rules: Learn to Play the Freddie Footballer Way, Westside football [for the R & I Bank and WAFL: Leederville [WA], 1983.
Fabre, Les, Building Physical Presence Skills: For Auskick, Junior and Youth Football, Building Physical Presence Skills, L. Fabre: Cloverdale, WA, 2008.
Coaching juniors and youth in AFL (or contact sports) to tackled and be tackled. Publisher’s blurb.
Fabre, Les, Pre-Season Training and Beyond: A Beginner's Guide to Aussie Rules Team Fitness, Building Physical Presence Skills Series, L. Fabre: Cloverdale, WA, 2010.
Fourth World Congress of Science and Football, Sydney, Australia, Monday 22nd February to Friday 26th February 1999: Congress Abstracts, The Congress: [Sydney], 1999.
Grbac, Anton & Australian Football Coaches Association., Australian Football Coaches' Diary. Junior Coaches, Rev. and updated. Ed., Australian Football Coaches Association: Jolimont, Vic., 2003.
Grbac, Anton & Australian Football Coaches Association., Australian Football Coaches' Diary. Senior Coaches, Rev. and updated. Ed., Australian Football Coaches Association: Jolimont, Vic., 2003.
Green, Keith, The Junior Footballer: The Complete Book on Junior Football, C.J. Publications: Fremantle [WA], 1968.
Hansen, Bill & ACT Australian Football Junior League, Let's Modify the Rules, ACT Australian Football Junior League: [Canberra].
Harris, John & Strauch, Neville, Australian Football Skills, Simon & Schuster Australia: Brookvale, NSW, 1989.
Hastie, Peter & University of Queensland. Dept. of Human Movement Studies, Aussie Footy Evaluation: Final Report, Human Movement Studies Report, University of Queensland, Dept. of Human Movement Studies: St. Lucia, Qld., 1989.
Heroes of Freo: Team Cookbook 2005, Wright Media Sports Publishers: [Perth, WA], 2005.
Hogan, Bernie, Follow the Game: Authoritative Explanations and Interpretations of the Laws of Australian Football, 6th Rev. Ed., Dene Publishing: Doncaster East, Vic., 1983.
A comprehensive guide to the laws of Australian Football and their interpretation. Laws which regularly lead to controversy, such as 'holding the ball' and 'holding the man', are explained in detail. This publication is considered definitive, but unfortunately, although indexed, does not directly cross reference significant interpretations with the actual laws reproduced in full at the back of the book. However, the interpretations are succinct and clear. This publication is endorsed by the VFL and National Football League (formerly Australian National Football Council) and also includes laws for Junior Age Football. First published in 1968. TH.
Hosford, Geoffrey Thomas, Learn to Punt Kick, B.I.P.E. Publications: Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic., 2011.
Hosford, Geoffrey Thomas & Meikle, Don, The Science of Kicking: Kicking for Distance and Accuracy in Australian Football, BIPE Publications: Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic., 2007.
How to Play Football, The junior footballer: [Adelaide], 1970.
Hrysomallis, Con, Buckley, Nathan, & Buttifant, David, Weight Training for Australian Football, Lothian: South Melbourne, 2006.
Hunter, Amy, All About AFL, Bug Club Phonic Readers, Pearson Australia: Port Melbourne, Vic., 2010.
Hutchinson, Garrie, How to Play Footy, New. Ed., Lothian Books: South Melbourne, VIc., 2002.
Previously published in 1982 and 1989.
Jaques, Trevor D., Australian Football: Steps to Success, Steps to Success Activity Series, Human Kinetics: Kingswood, SA/Champaign, Illinois, 1994.
Features learning progressions referred to as ‘the steps to success’. Each step explains why each skill or concept is important and identifies the keys to correct technique, rectifying common errors, explanations of how to practise each skill, lists specific performance goals for each drill and a summary checklist for evaluating proper technique. TH.
Kabanoff, Boris, Wood, R., & Australian Graduate School of Management, Determinants of Performance in Naturally Occurring Groups: The Case of Australian Rules Football, Working Paper Series / the University of New South Wales, Australian Graduate School of Management,, University of New South Wales, Australian Graduate School of Managemen]: Kensington, NSW, 1984.
A study of the factors which determine the performance of groups and organisations, using VFL football teams as a case study. Data was collected over a full season, with teams, sub-groups within teams and individual performances analysed, then interpreted in terms of organisational theory and behaviour. TH.
Kelly, Peter & Hickey, Christopher, The Struggle for the Body, Mind and Soul of AFL Footballers, Australian Scholarly Publishing: North Melbourne, Vic., 2008.
The book discusses the profound, often troubling, always complex struggles for the body, mind and soul of elite performers in contemporary sports entertainment environments. This struggle is shaped by two powerful processes. On the one hand we witness the translation and application of a range of rationalities and knowledge from fields such as psychology, sport science and medicine, dietetics, education and management. All of which have the consequence of subjecting elite performers to often intrusive regimes of measurement, testing, medical intervention, surveillance, education and regulation in the pursuit of performance and success. At the same time we can identify ways in which the commodification of sports/games, the drive to develop and grow as a sports entertainment business and the pursuit and maintenance of a media presence and profile on which brand relationships can be established and grown has the consequence of transforming elite performers into highly paid sports celebrities whose image, persona and brand is positioned in a crowded, highly competitive marketplace to be scrutinised, judged and consumed. Publisher’s blurb.
Kelly, Raymond & Australian National Football Council, A Primer of Australian Rules Football, Australian National Football Council: [Adelaide], 1944.
Kelly, Raymond & Australian National Football Council, A Primer of Australia's National Game, 3rd. Ed., Australian National Football Council: [Adelaide], 1947.
Kotton, Howard, Skills of Australian Football, Slattery Media Group: Docklands, Vic., 2009.
Koutoufides, Anthony & Australian Football League, AFL Great Skills Great Players, AFL: [Melbourne], 2001.
Larsen, Kerry, A Study of Systematic Bias in Umpire Decision Making, 1995.
Lockie, Mark & Junior Football Council of Victoria, Australian Football for Primary Schools, J F C Wang, Rev. Ed., Junior Football Council of Victoria: Melbourne, 1983.
Main, Jim, Aussie Rules for Dummies, For Dummies, 2nd Ed., Wiley Publishing Australia: Milton, Qld., 2008.
Practical information, fascinating anecdotes of Aussie Rules. Fundamentals (rules, terminology and equipment) and playing styles."--Provided by publisher. Publisher’s blurb.
Main, Jim, How to Play Football Australian Style, Lloyd O'Neil for Currey O'Neil: Windsor [Vic.], 1981.
4th edition. .
Malcolm, Yvonne & West Australian Football Commission., Footys Favourite Foods, West Australian Football Commission: Subiaco, WA, 1992.
Malthouse, Mick & Buttifant, David, The Ox Is Slow but the Earth Is Patient, Allen & Unwin: Crows Nest, NSW, 2011.
At the end of 2000, David Buttifant joined Coach Mick Malthouse as Head of Conditioning at the Collingwood Football Club. A decade later the pair have shared many events together, some of which have been life-changing. Here this talented team reveals the secrets of preparing football sides and athletes in general as they share what they've learnt. Publisher’s blurb.
Mann, Hassa, Hassa Mann's Book of Coaching: The Finer Points of the Game Explained, K.W. Green & Associates: Fremantle, [WA], 1971.
McDonald, Ian, Sheedy, Kevin, Jordon, Ray, & Victorian Football League, How to Realise Your Dream to Be a Footy Star!, 5 vols, The League: Jolimont, Vic.
McLaughlin, Patrick, Marchant, Daryl Brian, & Australian Football League, A Multimethod Approach to Improving Goal Kicking Accuracy in Australian Rules Football, s.n.: s.l., 2001.
McLeod, Andrew & Jaques, Trevor D., Australian Football: Steps to Success, [Steps to Success Activity Series], 2nd Ed., Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL, 2006.
Australian Football: Steps to Success provides the essential skills players and coaches need to master the game and build successful teams. This book contains comprehensive instruction on the techniques and tactics that have helped top player Andrew McLeod become a two-time Norm Smith medalist and three-time All-Australian. McLeod and football coach and teacher Trevor Jaques draw on years of experience to help you prepare for and play the game. Publisher’s blurb.
Millar, John Samuel, ‘Kinematics of Drop Punt Kicking in Australian Rules Football Comparison of Skilled and Less Skilled Kicking’, Masters thesis, Victoria University, 2004.
The types of kick that are performed in the football codes fall into two broad categories: punt kick and place kick. One type of punt kick is the major means of ball movement in Australian Rules football - the drop punt kick. Past studies have investigated the biomechanics of kicking. The pattern of segmental interaction during the kicking motion - known as the proximal to distal sequence (PDS) - is the most consistent finding that is reported in the biomechanics of kicking literature. In this sequence the proximal segment (thigh) initiates the forward swing of the kicking limb towards the ball and the forward rotation of the distal segment (shank) follows. PDS motions are also typified by a higher angular velocity of the distal segment (shank). Studies that have compared the difference between skilled and less skilled kickers in Australian Rules football have found that the difference in performance is the result of 1) the position of the shank at the end of the backswing is higher above horizontal (further in the clockwise direction) for the skilled than it is for the less skilled, 2) the maximum angular velocity of the thigh during the forward swing is greater for the skilled than it is for the less skilled and 3) the skilled kickers demonstrate greater mean maximum angular velocity of the shank at foot - ball contact. Apart from these findings there is inadequate information about the mechanical features of a skillful drop punt kick. The objective of this study was to quantify and compare the kinematics of skilled and less skilled kicking. A general profile of the drop punt kick and the reliability of the kinematic variables were also reported.
Miller, Wally, Australian Football: Coaching the Art of Kicking, AGM Book Service: Windsor Gardens, S.A., 1966.
Mitchell, Barry & O'Sullivan, Damian, How to Play Your Position: Twenty-One of AFL's Superstars Tell You the Secret of Their Playing Success, Ironbark: Chippendale, NSW, 1998.
Moriarty, Geoff & Geoff Moriarty Physical Culture Studios, Teaching the Game of Football by Post, Geoff Moriarty: Melbourne, 1928.
A series of lessons designed for a correspondence course in football. The content of these lessons demanded great imagination on the part the pupils, with the only illustrative guidance a line drawing of an archetypal athletic figure which graced the title page. An interesting insight into what one 'expert' considered to be the finer points of play in the 1920s. TH.
Murray's Guide to Australian Football: Ultimo, NSW, 1978.
A 'how to play' manual which also includes a brief history of the game, the laws, fitness and training advice, statistics and records. A revised edition was published in 1979 with the title Australian Football. TH.
National Australian Football Council, First Australian Science in Football Congress: Friday October 28th-Sunday October 30th, 1994: World Congress Centre, Melbourne: Congress Programme and Abstracts, National Australian Football Council Ltd.: [Melbourne, Vic.], 1994.
National Football League of Australia, Aussie Footy, Aussie Footy Program, National Football League of Australia: Melbourne, [Vic.], 1985.
National Football League of Australia, NFL: How to Play Top Australian Football, National Football League: Melbourne, 1976.
Neill, Harold, How to Kick a Football, H.J. Neill: Hawthorn, [Vic.], 1946.
Northey, John & O'riley, Rod, Australian Football World: The Most Comprehensive Internet-Based Resource for Australian Football: Senior & Junior Training Manual, English 6. Ed., The Authors: Melbourne, Vic., 2001.
Norton, Kevin Ian, Lange, Kirsty, Schwert, Stephen, Australian Football League, & University of South Australia. School of Physical Education Exercise and Sport Studies, AFL Research Report, December 2000: Ground Hardness, Game Speed and Structure, Player Collisions and Movement Patterns; Possible Roles in the Aetiology of Injuries in Australian Football, s.n.: [South Australia], 2000.
Norton, Kevin Ian, Lange, Kirsty, Schwert, Stephen, Australian Football League, & University of South Australia. School of Physical Education Exercise and Sport Studies., Ground Hardness, Game Speed and Structure, Player Collisions and Movement Patterns: Possible Roles in the Aetiology of Injuries in Australian Football, AFL Research Report, University of South Australia: [Underdale, SA.], 2001.
O'Dowd, Denis, Aussie Footy Database and Resource Package, Data Publishing: Heidelberg, Vic., 1992.
O'Riley, Rod, Just Coaching the Bigger Picture ... : Basic and Advanced Drills for Juniors and Seniors, Skills Coaching Australia: Milton, Qld., 1997.
O'Riley, Rod, Just Drills, Skills Coaching Australia: Milton, Qld., 1997.
Oswald, Mark G., A Select Guide to Sources and Resources for the Development and Coaching of Junior Australian Rules Football in Victoria, The Author: Chelsea Heights, Vic., 1993.
Palmer, Robert, It's a Great Game, Football, Kew Publications: Melbourne, 1983.
Parkin, David, Preparing the Australian Footballer, Burwood State College: [Victoria], 1979.
Parkin, David, Smith, Ross, & Schokman, Peter, Premiership Football: How to Train, Play and Coach Australian Football, 2nd Ed., Hargreen: Melbourne, 1987.
First edition published in 1984.
Parnell, Douglas, Well Played!: Hints and Advice, Douglas Parnell: [Adelaide], 1947.
Parnell, Douglas, Andrew, Bruce, & Australian National Football Council, Australian Football: Hints and Advice: A Text Book on How to Play the Australian National Game of Football, Australian National Football Council: [Melbourne], 1952?
The first official instructional manual produced by the Australian National Football Council. This volume is amply illustrated with black and white photographs and contains training exercises, diagrams of all the major skills of the game, with tips and advice and common errors to avoid, all arranged in convenient point-form style and appropriately indexed. A very brief 'History of the Game' section refers to Henry Harrison as the game’s founder in 1858, a view commonly held at the time which overlooked the crucial role of Tom Wills. This is a small format book, published not long after 1945. TH.
Parnell, Douglas, Andrew, Bruce, & Australian National Football Council, Australian Football: Hints and Advice: A Text Book on How to Play the Australian National Game of Football, Australian National Football Council: [Melbourne], 1960.
Pollard, Jack, Aussie Rules: Fundamentals, Reed: Terrey Hills, NSW, 1977.
Pollard, Jack, High Mark: The Complete Book on Australian Football, 2nd Ed., K.G. Murray Pub. Co.: Sydney, 1967.
This is mostly an instructional book written by past and present stars of VFL football, with a few exceptions, such as SANFL star Neil Kerley. Mainly covers skills, tactics, fitness, temperament and positional play with additional sections describing the history of the game, injuries and superstitions. Of special interest are the selections of the greatest players by Norm and Len Smith. Well-illustrated with many famous pictures. First edition published in 1964. TH.
Pollard, Jack, How to Play Aussie Rules, Jack Pollard Sportsmaster Series, Rev. Ed., Jack Pollard Pty Ltd: North Sydney, 1975.
First published in 1972.
Porter, Ashley & Adelaide Football Club, The Crow's Cookbook, Football Plus [for] the Adelaide Football Club: Adelaide, 1996.
Prior, Tom, Sheeds: Pockets of Greatness, Wilkinson Books: Melbourne, 1996.
A book about motivation using the experiences of sporting and non-sporting people who have achieved their potential. Kevin Sheedy describes many footballers from his long career as a coach and observer of football, but also includes other figures such as Lionel Rose, Debbie-Flintoff-King, Johnny Famechon, Ron Casey and Joyce Brown. TH.
Pyke, Frank S. & Smith, Ross, Football: The Scientific Way, University of Western Australia Press: Nedlands, WA, 1975.
Pyke, Frank S., Woodman, Lawrence Raymond, & Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation, The Grid System for Skill Practice in Australian Football, ACHPER: [Nth. Adelaide, SA], 1977.
Reid, Bruce, Bruce Reid's Guide to Football's Holy Grail, LifeReady Institute: Werribee, Vic., 2006.
Roach, Don, How to Play Football: The Basic Skills of Australian Rules Football with 210 Illustrations, Rigby: [Adelaide], 1969.
Robertson, Ian D. & South Australian College of Advanced Education Salisbury Campus. Youth Sport Institute, Football in the Lives of Children: A Report of the 1981 and 1982 Junior Football Seminars Held at the South Australian College of Advanced Education, Salisbury, Youth Sport Institute, S.A.C.A.E.: Salisbury, SA., 1982.
Rocchiccioli, Roland & Watters, Gregory, AFL Cookbook: Classic Recipes Behind the Men and Women of Aussie Rules, HarperCollins: Pymble, NSW, 1998.
Roos, Paul & Roos, Tami, Sport Is Life, Life Is Sport: An Insight into Achievement and Balance in Sport, Work and Life, Macmillan: Sydney, 2009.
Paul Roos is one of the most highly respected coaches in Australian sport. Since he took on the coaching job for the Sydney Swans in 2000, his unique approach to motivation and leadership has transformed the Swans from bottom-of-the-table dwellers to two-time grand finalists and 2005 premiership winners. The Roos factor is widely acknowledged as the driving force behind the Swans ongoing success. In Sport is Life, Life is Sport, Paul Roos reveals the man behind the public persona: a man deeply committed to family, to balance and to wellbeing, as well as to coaching. His wife of over 20 years, Tami Roos, joins him as they reveal the secrets and strategies behind the Roos approach to life, between them covering issues such as work/life balance, the importance of family, travel, goal-setting and prioritising, parenting, sport and health, community, spiritual well-being and, of course, coaching. Adamant that lessons learned on the field apply equally to all aspects of life, Paul and Tami are refreshingly honest and upfront as they impart their collective wisdom, earned from lives punctuated by public achievement. Paul divulges his until-now undisclosed coaching code, the "list" he made as a player, and sheds light on the leadership structure that makes the premiership-winning Sydney Swans the heart and soul of Aussie Rules in New South Wales. Publisher’s blurb.
Russell, Dwayne, How to Play Australian Football, GSP Books: Docklands, Vic., 2005.
Sanders, W. B. & Australian Football League, National Review of Umpiring, Australian Football League: [Melbourne, Vic.], 2003.
Scott, Alan, Football for Boys, An Australian Golden Pocket Guide, Golden Press: Potts Point, NSW, 1971.
Scott, Alan, A Manual of Australian Football, Lansdowne Press: Melbourne, 1965.
One of the earlier publications to provide detailed instructional advice suitable for school boys and novice players. There are chapters devoted to all major facets of the game such as kicking, marking, handball, spoiling, tackling, position play and interestingly, five years before the 1970 VFL Grand Final which supposedly saw the birth of 'play-on football', there are sections on 'Play-On Football' and the importance of handball. Illustrated with diagrams and drawings. TH.
Selth, Don, ACT Australian Football Umpires' Association, & Lennock Motors, The Art of Goal Umpiring, Produced for the A.C.T.F.U.A. by Lennock Motors: [Canberra], 1979.
Seward, Hugh & National Sports Research Centre (Australia), Football Injuries in Australia: A Survey and Comparison of the Australian Football League, New South Wales Rugby League, New South Wales Rugby Union and Victorian State Football League, Scientific Report / National Sports Research Centre, National Sports Research Centre: Belconnen, ACT., 1995.
Shaddock, Annalise, Carter, Anne-Louise, Ballarat University College. School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, & Ballarat Junior Football Association, To Determine the Reasons as to Why Juniors Take up Competitive Football and Why They Drop out of Competitive Football within the Ballarat Junior Football Association, The Author: [Mt. Helen, Vic.], 1993.
South Australian Football Association (1877), Rules of the South Australian Football Association, The Association: Adelaide, SA.
Stewart, Glenn & De Bes, John, Speed to Win: The Complete Guide to Improving Speed, Agility and Quickness for Football, Cambridge Publishing: West Leederville, WA, 2001.
Timms, Daryl, Football with the Stars, Wedneil Publications: Melbourne, 1983.
Victorian Football League, How to Realise Your Dream to Be a Footy Star, Victorian Football League: Jolimont, Vic., 1980.
Walsh, Bruce, Strength Training for Australian Rules, Kangaroo Press: Kenthurst, NSW, 1990.
Warren, Johnny, Australian Football, Know the Game, Kingfisher Books: Cheltenham, Vic., 1984.
Warren, R. J., Australian Football Fundamentals, Rev. Ed., Reed: Frenchs Forest, NSW, 1983.
Previously published in 1982.
Warren, R. J., Australian Rules Football, Sport Masters, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge [England]; Melbourne, 1988.
Watson, Geoffrey G., Gibson, Barry J., & Community Recreation Council of Western Australia, Player Performance in Junior Football: An Evaluation of Existing Organisation and Emerging Problems: A Report Presented to the Community Recreation Council of Western Australia, Community Recreation Council of Western Australia: [Perth], 1978.
West Australian Football League, Coaches Recorder, Western Australian Football League: Subiaco, WA, 1990.
West Australian Football League, Modified Rules Football: 10 Years and Under, The League: [Subiaco, WA].
Western Australia. Health Dept & Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation, Scooter's Smoke Busters Football Activity Book, The Dept.: [East Perth, WA], 1993.
Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation & Western Australian Football Development Trust, Football Activities, Western Australian Football Development Trust and Healthway: [Subiaco, WA], 2000.
Western Australian National Football League, Coaches Companion, Western Australian National Football League: Subiaco, WA, 1980.
Wheadon, David, Drills & Skills in Australian Football, 4th Ed., Australian Football League: [Melbourne], 2010.
First published under the title Drills and Skills of Australian Rules Football, 1988. Editions also published in 1989 and 1991.
Wheadon, David, Football Skills: How to Play the Game, Champion: Prahran, Vic., 1997.
Wheadon, David, Tactics in Modern Football, The Author: Geelong, Vic., 1990.
A detailed analysis and description of the tactics used in football at the elite level. Technical in parts but accessible for the keen student of the game. Includes interviews with leading coaches such as Barassi, Sheedy, Jeans, Parkin and Hafey, a brief overview of the history of team tactics and examples of game plans and coaching instructions. Amply illustrated with pictures, drawings and diagrams. 2nd edition 1991, published by Longman Cheshire. TH.
Wicks, Bertram, Whatever Happened to Australian Rules?, Libra Books: Hobart, 1980.
A critical commentary on the way football was played in the late 1970s. The author suggests a major revision to the rules was necessary to restore the primacy of several fundamental aspects of the game such as kicking and positional play. A model set of rules aimed at achieving these objectives is included. TH.
Wilkinson, Brian, Modified Australian Rules, s.n.: Tasmania, 1975.
Willee, A. W., Dynamic Football: A Guide to Fitness, Lansdowne: Melbourne, 1967.
Wordley, Dick & Buchanan, Bob, How to Play Aussie Rules, Rev Ed., Lansdowne: Melbourne, 1963.
Previously published in 1960.