Football Coaches Australia presents ‘The Football Coaching Life Podcast’ S3 Ep 1 with Gary Cole interviewing Ash Wilson


Ash Wilson has recently been reappointed as Head Coach of the Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s team. Ash also works in the Jets Academy program and in addition is a full-time teacher at Hunter Sports High.

Ash played her early football in Lismore on the far north coast of NSW. Her dad was integral in helping Ash into the game, being her role model as well as helping her to fall in love with the game.

She began coaching early in her career, working first in the Macquarie Academy while she was playing and then continuing as she moved to Adamstown Rosebuds after moving to Newcastle to play.

This is another wonderful conversation with a coach still young in years, but experienced in working with players at school, community and elite level. Ash is a teacher at heart and wants to teach/coach her players to improve. She is also a strong advocate of ‘lifetime learning’ and is always looking to continue her own football education.

Ash understands how important resilience is for players and coaches, and as a secondary teacher and coach she teaches young people how to become more resilient and appreciates how important this is in her own coaching life.

Ash’s ‘one piece of wisdom’ is that if you want to coach, then be brave enough to put yourself out there, introduce yourself to people and be prepared to take on opportunities that exist as you grow and develop as a coach and work out your own pathway.

Please join in sharing Ash Wilson’s Football Coaching Life.

FIFA implement measures to protect female players and coaches

FIFA has announced several amendments to the current Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP). These changes have been approved by the FIFA Council by May 2024 and have been brought into effect from June 1.

These changes are majorly focused on women and the impact that menstruation and pregnancy have on their careers.

A meeting of key stakeholders and FIFA members resulted in these new regulations advancing the women’s game.

These include:

  • FIFA female players and coaches can now receive a minimum of 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.
  • A minimum of 8 weeks of paid absence for female coaches and players who adopt a child under the age of 2.
  • Also, a minimum of 8 weeks paid absence from the birth of the child if they are not the biological mother (for example same-sex parenthood).
  • Players are entitled to full remuneration if they are absent from training or games due to menstruation or pregnancy health reasons.
  • There is increased support for female players in contacting families during national team contexts to ease pressure on children and mothers.

FIFA Chief Legal & Compliance Officer Emilio García Silvero has commented on the recent changes:

“FIFA is committed to implementing a dynamic regulatory framework that is sound and suitable for the increasing needs of female players and coaches,” he said via media release.

“In order for the game to further flourish, it’s key that we have a holistic approach towards player well-being, including the legal aspects.”

This is a huge advancement in the game’s equality mission as FIFA has recognised and actively planned to ease the physical, psychological and social dimensions of pregnancy and menstruation for women athletes.

These regulations fit Goal 2 in FIFA’s Strategic Objectives for the Global Game: 2023-2027, which describe the organisation’s commitment to exploring and implementing further safeguards for player and coach welfare.

FIFA Chief Football Women’s Officer Dame Sarai Bareman outlined the importance of placing women’s physical health in the legal and mainstream dialogue of the sport.

“When you’re playing sport for a living, and in a professional environment, we have to factor in that the female menstrual cycle can also impact on your ability to deliver within your role,” she added via media release.

“So, it’s important that we protect … those that are affected by their menstrual cycles in a way that it doesn’t put at risk their employment situation with their club and, ultimately, their ability to earn money.”

This announcement shows the players are becoming the major stakeholders in laws and regulations around their welfare.

This is an important strategy for the equality of the game by making sure that women’s sporting careers are not put on hold or impacted by their natural body function or raising a child.

Football Coaches Australia to host webinar with Dr Ron Smith

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) has confirmed details of their next webinar, to be held on Monday, June 10, 2024.

Dr Ron Smith will deliver an online session to share insights for players in a complex football environment, dubbed ‘keep it simple’.

The session itself will be broken down into two parts, as Dr Ron Smith will outline what he thinks a coach can do to help players improve their performance and understanding.

Firstly, the focus will be on what players can do with and without the ball when the team is in possession. The second part of the session will see Dr Ron Smith explain why certain behaviours are better than others and why they will always be present.

Another important aspect will be how the language used to communicate with players can be more effective; by keeping it simple and easy to understand.

This event is free for FCA members, while all participants will qualify for one hour of CPD which links with Football Australia

The date and duration of the webinar is for Monday, June 10 at 7.30PM – 9PM AEST.

To register, you can do so by following the link here.

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