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Football Performance Major


Allow students to understand how to apply exercise and sports science skills to football.

This major extends existing theory of exercise and sports science into football (soccer and Australian rules football). The major addresses coaching, performance analysis, player monitoring, leadership, injury management and athlete development and prepares students for a career in applied sport science in team sports environments.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SPS1109Fundamentals of Football Coaching15
SPS1210Performance Analysis and Player Monitoring in Sport15
SPS2615Sports Injury Prevention and Management15
SPS2209Assessment of the Football Player15
SPS3114Conditioning for Team Sport Athletes15
SPS3530Principles and Practices of Coaching15
Plus two (2) units from:
SPS2301 ^Exercise Rehabilitation15
NUT3215 ^Exercise Nutrition15
MAN3121 ^Leadership 15
SPS3505 ^Advanced Exercise Physiology15
SPS3105 ^Advanced Resistance Training15
SPS3601 ^Advanced Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport15

^ Core Option

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad knowledge of football performance to a range of exercise and sport science theoretical and practical situations.
  2. Apply social and ethical values when working collaboratively in diverse exercise and sport science settings.
  3. Communicate football performance knowledge, concepts and skills clearly, coherently and with independence.
  4. Exhibit a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competence, when interacting with others.
  5. Think creatively to anticipate challenges encountered in football performance contexts and generate appropriate exercise and sport science solutions.
  6. Think critically to analyse, interpret and solve complex exercise and sport science problems commonly encountered in football contexts.
  7. Use digital technologies and football performance literacy to evaluate and synthesise information from multiple sources.
  8. Use initiative and show responsibility for own learning and professional practice.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

Prepares students for professional roles in a variety of positions in the private and government sectors which require personnel with high levels of competence in the area of exercise and sports science. Graduates may pursue careers as a football sports scientist, football performance analyst, football strength and conditioning coach, or in areas such as sports coaching, sports administration and strength and conditioning.

Possible future job titles

Football Sports Scientist, Football Performance Analyst, Sports Physiologist, Sports Coach, Sports Administrator, High Performance Football, Exercise Scientist

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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