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Dr Fadi Ma'ayah

Fadi is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Sports Science and Football in the School of Medical and Health Sciences. He is also an Advanced Coach (B Licence) with Football Federation Australia and is an Instructor in Football Coach Education at the community level and conducts coaching courses for Football West.


Dr Fadi Ma’ayah completed his PhD degree in Sports Science at ECU in 2004. His research project focused on Football Coaches’ Specific Leadership Behaviours. Dr Ma’ayah’s research interests centre on Leadership, Coaching, and on Sports Science and Football related topics.

Dr Ma’ayah is a successful coach at the elite college level and has coached at State, National and International Tournaments. Positions held include School Sport Western Australia Football Coordinator, West Australian School Senior Boys Coach and Tour Leader for both Senior Boys and Girls Teams. He has won many prestigious awards including the Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award for Community Engagement 2015 and The West Australian Premier’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. Dr Ma’ayah is founder of the very successful Football Academy at Safety Bay Senior High School in Perth, Western Australia. In recent years Dr Ma’ayah has received invitations to be a keynote speaker in Sports Science and Football in Australia and abroad. Presentation topics have included: performance analysis and players monitoring in football; physiological demands for football players; strategic  planning for football association; establishing successful and sustainable football academies in Perth and establishing professional football leagues and clubs.

  • January 2012-current: Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator in Sports Science and Football, School of Medical and Health Sciences
  • January 2011-2012 Secondment from Department of Education Western Australia to ECU to establish the Sports Science and Football Course
  • 1996-2010 Department of Education Western Australia: Roles included: Founder and Head of Specialist Football Program at Safety Bay SHS and Acting Head at Morley SHS School, Coaching and Teaching and PE at Swanbourne SHS, Safety Bay SHS Morley SHS
  • 1993-1996 Head of Football programs and PE teacher at De La Salle College and PE Teacher, Amman Jordan
  • 1989-1993 Head of Football programs and Lecture at Al Khwarizmi College, Amman Jordan

Professional Associations

  • Advanced Coach B Licence Football Federation Australia/Football West
  • Coach Education Instructor Football Federation Australia/Football West
  • Accredited Level 3 Sportstec Performance Analyst

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2005 - Premier’s Teacher of the Year Award Department of Education Western Australia
  • 2004 – The Most Innovative Program in Australia Premier’s Award by the Australian Newspaper

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015 - Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award 2015 Community Engagement

Research Areas and Interests

  • Physical, physiological and perceptual demands for football players
  • Performance analysis in football
  • Heath benefits of recreational football games
  • Football-specific strength and conditioning
  • Leadership in sport, education and health
  • Physical and mental health benefits of recreational games


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2004.


Recent Research Grants

  • Identifying the potential cause and type of injuries and how fatigue influences the risk of injury in elite soccer players,  Perth Glory Football Club,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2017 - 2022,  $22,500.
  • How perception of capabilities (of themselves and others) influence decision-making in football players of different age groups and in-turn how they affect team patterns.,  Bayswater City Soccer Club,  Scholarships to support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2015 - 2019,  $95,500.
  • The health benefits of Football West inclusive programs in Western Australia,  Football West,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2014 - 2018,  $30,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Lord, C., Blazevich, T., Abbiss, C., Ma'ayah, F., (2020), Reliability and Validity of Maximal Mean and Critical Speed and Metabolic Power in Australian Youth Soccer Players. Journal of Human Kinetics, 73(July), 93-102, DOI: 10.2478/hukin-2019-0135.
  • Lord, C., Blazevich, T., Abbiss, C., Ma'ayah, F., (2020), A Reduction in Match-to-match Variability Using Maximal Mean Analyses in Sub-elite Soccer. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(5), 300-305, Stuttgart, Georg Thieme Verlag, DOI: 10.1055/a-1073-7851.
  • Lord, C., Blazevich, T., Abbiss, C., Drinkwater, E., Ma'ayah, F., (2020), Comparing Maximal Mean and Critical Speed and Metabolic Powers in Elite and Sub-Elite Soccer. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 41(4), 219-226, Stuttgart, Georg Thieme Verlag, DOI: 10.1055/a-1065-2100.
  • Lord, C., Blazevich, T., Drinkwater, E., Ma'ayah, F., (2019), Greater loss of horizontal force after a repeated-sprint test in footballers with a previous hamstring injury. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(1), 16-21, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsams.2018.06.008.
  • Luo, H., Newton, R., Ma'ayah, F., Galvao, D., Taaffe, D., (2018), Recreational soccer as sport medicine for middle-aged and older adults: a systematic review. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 4(2018), Article no. e000336, United Kingdom, BMJ Group, DOI: 10.1136/bmjsem-2017-000336.
  • Lord, C., Ma'ayah, F., Blazevich, T., (2018), Change in knee flexor torque after fatiguing exercise identifies previous hamstring injury in football players. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 28(3), 1235-1243, Denmark, Wiley-Blackwell Munksgaard, DOI: 10.1111/sms.13007.
  • Fitch, N., Ma'ayah, F., Harms, C., Guilfoyle, A., (2017), Sport, Educational Engagement and Positive Youth Development: Reflections of Aboriginal Former Youth Sports Participants. The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, 46(1), 23-33, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/jie.2016.23.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  An investigation into the creation of goal scoring opportunities in women's international football; and a comparison to men's international football
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Characteristics of scoring instances during the 2016 Australian football league home and away season

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The application of various models for the quantification of external load in soccer
  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Comparison of the physical,physiological and perceptual demands of small-sided games and match play in professional football players.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Towards successful cerebral palsy football programs: A conceptual model

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Sports Science),  Lower limb fatigue asymmetry of preferred and non-preferred legs after a repeated-sprint test in football players with previous hamstring injury.
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